The Indianapolis Colts get to display new quarterback Andrew Luck at home for the first time, Sunday Sept 16th, as his Colts host the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings got an overtime win against Jacksonville in Week 1, while the Colts dropped one in Chicago. These two last met in 2008 when the Colts won 18-15, on the road. Sportsbooks don’t think Andrew Luck will have good luck, as they have Week 2 NFL Predictions on the Colts listed as +1.5 point homedogs against the Vikings with the over/under set at 44.5 points. We recommend you compare NFL Betting Odds on the Vikings vs Colts Line.
Minnesota got a 26-23 overtime victory against Jacksonville in Week 1. Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder has to get off to a faster start after they punted on their first four possessions and were unable to sustain a drive longer than six plays. On the final eight possessions, Ponder went 17-for-20 for 232 yards, leading six scoring drives in the 26-23 overtime victory. He did it all without big-play (and suspended) wideout Jerome Simpson. Adrian Peterson got 17 carries and rushed for 84 yards as he scored twice and gained steam and power along the way.
WR Percy Harvin had a solid all-around effort against Jacksonville tallying 104 yards on 11 touches (six catches, five rushes). With all the hype surrounding Randall Cobb, Harvin is the player owners are hoping Cobb develops into, a threat to score whenever he has the ball in his hands. Now, Harvin gets to feast on a second-rate Colts’ defence this week. The Colts are susceptible to allow a ton of yards, and Ponder could be looking at his second career 300-yard game.
Indianapolis suffered a 41-21 loss at Chicago on Sunday. QB Andrew Luck was overshadowed by fellow rookie Robert Griffin III in Week 1, but still managed to throw for over 300 yards and a touchdown against the Bears. Luck will make his home debut and will have an easier time moving the ball versus the Vikings.
The status of outside linebacker Dwight Freeney and offensive tackle Winston Justice is uncertain for Sunday’s home opener, but the Colts anticipate two other players seeing their first action of the season. Receivers Austin Collie and T.Y. Hilton were full participants in Wednesday afternoon’s practice. Collie has gained medical clearance to play against the Vikings. He missed the season-opening loss at Chicago.
Coby Fleener made the most of his 10 targets, catching six of them for 82 yards against the Bears Cover-2 defense. If Austin Collie remains out with a concussion, Fleener will continue to thrive as a safety valve for his former college teammate Andrew Luck.
Week 2 NFL Predictions & Betting Trends:
Vikings are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 road games.
Vikings are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. win.
Vikings are 1-5-2 ATS in their last 8 games after allowing more than 350 total yards in their previous game.
Vikings are 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games on fieldturf.
Colts are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games on fieldturf.
Colts are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss.
Under is 5-0 in Colts last 5 home games.
Under is 5-0 in Colts last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
Minnesota Vikings vs Indianapolis Colts
When: Sunday Sept 16th@1:00 PM ET
Pick: Vikings -1.5
The Bottom Line: Andrew Luck will do better at home with the crowd on his side, which will spread to his receiving core. I don’t think Vikings Adrian Peterson has anything left, but weak knees.
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