A couple of disappointing, but dangerous, squads will square off Sunday in the late afternoon as Andrew Luck brings his Colts to Lambeau Field to do battle with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.
Though both of these teams are by no means out of it in terms of the post-season, you get the sense that both squads expected more. The Colts seem to be in a bit of a malaise, as Andrew Luck hasn’t been the MVP-candidate many thought he’d morph into, and their defence remains poor. Meanwhile, the Packers are just alright – which seems criminal given all their talent. Aaron Rodgers is playing just okay, and both of these teams have left their fans wanting early in the year. With Indy entering at 3-5 and the Packers trailing the Vikings at 4-3, these mid-season games are undoubtedly big-time contests that could mean a bunch for the post-season. One thing is for certain though, expect a ton of points with these offences squaring off. It should be exciting, and we’ve got you covered here at TheSportsGeek. Read on below for a full game breakdown and an official betting selection for Colts and Packers.
Colts vs. Packers Betting Odds:
Indianapolis Colts +7.5 (-115)
@ Green Bay Packers -7.5 (-105)
Over 54 (-110)
Under 54 (-110)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Colts vs. Packers Pick:
Last week was a tough-go of things for the Colts in Kansas City. They competed and battled hard, but a couple of key mid-game injuries derailed their chances of an upset. But they’ll be healthier this week and another week of Donte Moncrief back is surely going to help Andrew Luck in the passing game. Together, with Moncrief and Hilton, you can bet the Colts’ passing attack will once again get back to their feared levels. They should have a bunch of success this week in Green Bay. The Packers do not have a good secondary at all, as was seen last week in Atlanta where they struggled to stop the Falcons’ mediocre third and fourth passing options. If that was the case last week, Hilton and Moncrief are in for big games.
On defence for the Colts, they got a huge break in the lead-up to Sunday’s kick-off as Vontae Davis has cleared concussion protocol and will suit up at Lambeau. He was out in the second half of last week’s game and his absence was surely felt. Conversely, it is believed the Packers will be without a key receiver of their own in Randall Cobb. He’s got a bad hamstring. It’ll be up to unproven and untested Ty Montgomery and Davante Adams to be solid options in the passing game for Aaron Rodgers. That is very much suspect for such a pass-heavy offence.
Expect this contest to be an absolute shootout. Both passing games are in fine form right now, and you can’t really trust each team’s secondary. Even with Vontae Davis slated to play for Indy, you have to like Rodgers’ chances at moving the chains with regularity, and the same goes for Luck with Hilton and Moncrief. Look for both offences to keep pace with one another, with both stop units looking lost at times. Ultimately, the Colts have been on an upward trend of late and I think that continues against a vulnerable Packers side. Laying huge points with Green Bay hasn’t been a winning proposition of late, and while I don’t think the Colts win outright – they’ll keep things tight at Lambeau.
PICK = Colts +7.5 (-115)