Following a successful Week 1 of NFL betting, we’ll be back at it again in Week 2 ready with winners.
The first week of the NFL regular season brought a fair bit of surprises, and injuries too unfortunately – though it doesn’t mean there aren’t still solid betting opportunities and lines to take advantage of as we hone in on the best bets for the upcoming Sunday slate.
To kick things off, we’ll begin with an early slate clash as the Indianapolis Colts and Andrew Luck will head to D.C. to do battle with Washington.
The Colts choked away their game last week against the Bengals, so not much has changed for that team when you consider how many games they blew late last season. Andrew Luck is back however and he did look pretty solid against a stout Bengals’ defense. He’ll look to carry that momentum against Washington as they look to improve to 2-0. The Redskins looked great last week on the road against a lowly Arizona side. Washington seems finally ready to take that next step, and with a great defense and serviceable QB in Alex Smith – the ‘Skins could challenge in the NFC East.
This promises to be an intriguing game filled with storylines. Can Andrew Luck stay healthy and shake off last week’s blown game? Are the Redskins finally for real? This matchup should have much of the early slate’s attention, so read on below for a full game breakdown and betting prediction for Indianapolis vs. Washington.
Colts vs. Redskins Betting Odds:
Indianapolis Colts +6 (-110)
@ Washington Redskins -6 (-110)
Over 48 (-110)
Under 48 (-110)
Colts vs. Redskins Pick:
Last week went about as well for Andrew Luck as could be expected following 600-plus days away from game action. Luck performed solidly against a tough Bengals defense, shook off some big hits, and still made some good throws downfield. His defense and the rest of the Colts let him down in the fourth quarter, but this is still a growing squad overall. Keep in mind that Indy could have very well won that game outright, had TE Jack Doyle not fumbled at the goal-line towards the end of regulation.
This week, look for Indy to really rely on Andrew Luck again vs. Washington. The ‘Skins completely stifled David Johnson last week in Arizona on the backs of a strong run defense, and for the Colts to move the chains – Luck is going to have to do things through the air. This is where Indianapolis should have a bit of an advantage. T.Y. Hilton goes all over the field and Josh Norman won’t be able to stay with him, and beyond that the Redskins don’t generate all that much pressure from their defensive line. With added familiarity and comfort, look for Luck to get better with each passing week and he should be able to pick the ‘Skins secondary apart. Frank Reich also does like to go with a quick attack and that should further help Indy move the chains on Sunday.
For Washington, new quarterback Alex Smith was solid and mistake-free last week vs. Arizona. That’s really his main strengths, which isn’t saying much. This is why teams move on from the former first overall pick, and this is also why teams that employ Smith don’t typically score many points and tend to let teams hang around. Against Indy, it will be no different. The Colts don’t have a great defense, but they do have some key playmakers that could be able to stifle Washington’s downfield threats. Alex Smith also isn’t the type of QB that can truly exploit the Colts’ weaknesses, as he just isn’t talented enough.
Last week Arizona didn’t make the Redskins pay due to mistakes and poor play from Sam Bradford. Andrew Luck is a lot better than that, and with added comfort, time, and space – he’s got quite the arsenal of receivers at his disposal.
Washington also is travelling home – all the way back from a late-starting West Coast game. That’s always historically been a tough spot, and as a result the edge here lies with the visiting Colts. On the advance line this spread was listed as Colts +3, but now you’re getting double that number based off of just one game. That is a crazy overreaction, and while the Colts may not win this match outright – look for Luck and T.Y. Hilton to alone keep things tight.
PICK = Colts +6 (-110)