In the first week of the 2019-20 season, the Indianapolis Colts were unable to overcome a slow start. The Colts’ Week 2 sports betting odds predict a similarly slow start to the season.
After falling to the Los Angeles Chargers 30-24 in overtime last week, Indianapolis looks to rebound with a road win over an AFC South division foe. While the win would be huge in the divisional race, sportsbooks don’t favor the Colts to scamper home with it.
Indiana sports betting: Colts’ NFL Week 2 odds preview
As divisional opponents, the Tennessee Titans are familiar with Indianapolis. While this is the first time the two teams will meet this NFL season, Tennessee is likely eager to play this game.
The Colts have won eight of the last 10 meetings between the teams. That includes five games on the Titans’ home field, of which Indianapolis has won four.
That included last season’s Week 17 contest in which the Colts unleashed their wrath on the Titans, eliminating Tennessee from the playoffs. The Titans could flip that script this season, however.
Whether that happens depends on whether Jacoby Brissett can build on his Week 1 performance. Brissett threw two touchdown passes and completed almost 73% of his attempts, but only amassed 190 yards.
In order to score more than six points in the first half like they did last week, the Colts need to take more shots downfield. That may happen this week.
Limiting Brissett’s counterpart will be crucial. Marcus Mariotta accounted for 272 yards of total offense in Tennessee’s Week 1 road victory over the Cleveland Browns. Mariotta also threw three touchdown passes.
If the Colts can start faster this week and contain Mariotta, they may be able to hand the Titans their first loss of 2019. Another slow start could doom them to a similar fate as last week, however.
Indiana sportsbooks like Tennessee to exact some revenge
Caesar’s, which operates the Horseshoe Hammond and Indiana Grand sportsbooks, has a moneyline of +150 on the Colts this week. That’s the best of the aforementioned books.
FanDuel Sportsbook, however, has the best action on the spread. Taking the Colts to cover the three-point spread there pays out +100. FanDuel sportsbooks are open at the Belterra and Blue Chip casinos.
The same book offers the same odds on the point total for the game. That action is on the under of 44.
Both Rivers and FanDuel have a plethora of other bets available on the game, like alternate spreads and parlays. Rivers operates the sportsbook at the French Lick Resort.
NFL Week 2: Bears and Bengals favored to win nail-biters
Chicago is a consensus favorite to get its first win of the season on Sunday in Denver. Books vary on the spread between 2.5 and three points, but none of them have positive odds for the Bears on that spread.
Moneyline bets on the Bears aren’t paying out right now either. FanDuel does have a line of +100 on the over of the 40.5 point total, however.
Action on Cincinnati is similar. Books have the Bengals securing their first win of the season at home against the San Francisco 49ers by the narrowest of margins.
Finding odds that payout on Cincinnati will require bettors putting money down on alternate spreads or parlays. Betting on the regular spread of one or 1.5 points, taking the Bengals straight up and betting on the point total, either way, all currently carry negative odds.
If bettors believe the Colts can continue their winning ways in Tennessee, this week would be a good one to take the available action. Making those bets pay off is all about racing out of the gate for Indianapolis.