Tonight we will see a great match up featuring two of the best quarterbacks in the NFL when the Indianapolis Colts head to Green Bay to take on the Packers. As we get into Week 3 of the NFL preseason the starting offenses and defenses will start to get a little more playing time, and this is quite possibly the best preseason action of the year so far. Kickoff at Lambeau Field is set for 8:00 PM EST. The betting lines, odds and my personal prediction for this Colts vs Packers preseason game can be found below!
The Indianapolis Colts come into Green Bay winless, as they have started the preseason 0-2. The Colts aren’t worried at all, as they are a team who don’t care much about the preseason play. The Colts were 3.5 point underdogs in Week 1 of the preseason as they played host to the San Fransisco 49ers, but got blown out 37-17 in front of their home crowd. Traveling to Toronto, Canada to play Buffalo as 3.5 point underdogs the Colts came out on the losing end once again, as they fell 34-21 to the Bills. QB Peyton Manning has been solid completing 16 of 25 passes with one touchdown in the time he has had under center. Running Back Joseph Addai has seen little time in the backfield as the Colts try to keep him fresh for the start of the season.
The Packers have split their two preseason games thus far for a 1-1 record coming into tonight. As 3 point favorites in their first game of the preseason the Packers fell to Cleveland at home, losing 27-24. The Packers then went into Seattle last weekend as 2.5 point underdogs and put on an impressive performance taking the game 27-24. Leading the team offensively has been Aaron Rodgers, who I personally would put among the elite QBs in the NFL. Rodgers has completed 20 of 24 passes with three touchdowns and no interceptions – good for a passer rating of 154.0. Green Bay has split up their running game, with no rusher having more than 5 touches against the Seahawks last week.
Colts vs Packers Line and Betting Odds:
Indianapolis Colts +3.5
@ Green Bay Packers -3.5
Indianapolis Colts (+170)
@ Green Bay Packers (-200)
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Colts vs Packers Prediction for Preseason Game:
Spread Prediction (Top Play) – I think tonight we will see both teams use their first string offenses for the majority of the first half, if not the whole half. I don’t think Manning will be as comfortable with his receivers in tonight’s game as he will be when the season gets underway in September, and playing on the road in front of what should be a pretty loud stadium full of Packers fans will have a bit of an affect on his game. I look for Aaron Rodgers to continue to pass with precision, finding his targets and putting scores on the board. Tight game but the Packers come out on top and cover the 3.5 point spread tonight. PREDICTION – PACKERS COVER -3.5
Game Total Prediction – If this were the regular season I think we would be seeing a higher number here as the game total, and if it was set at 44 I would definitely be looking at the over. With the Colts not worrying too much about preseason play I just don’t see them putting up real big numbers here tonight. This will be one of the more intense preseason games we have seen this far, and I think the defenses will come to play tonight. Tough to do this with the two QBs that are starting tonight, but my lean is towards the under. PREDICTION – UNDER 44 POINTS