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Struggling Colts underdogs against Broncos at home

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For a second straight week the Indianapolis Colts will face an undefeated opponent when they return home on Sunday to battle the 7-0 Denver Broncos as 2.5-point betting underdogs at sportsbooks monitored by

The Colts are coming off a date with the Carolina Panthers in which they overcame a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit to force overtime before falling 29-26.

The Panthers improved to 7-0 with the win, while Indianapolis’ straight-up record drops to a middling 3-5, leaving them deadlocked with the Houston Texans atop the AFC South ahead of Sunday’s Broncos vs. Colts betting matchup at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Indy must now contend with a red-hot Broncos squad that remained perfect with a decisive 29-10 victory over the Green Bay Packers, picking up the win as 2.5-point home underdogs to improve their record against the spread to 5-1-1.

The Broncos defense restricted Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers to just 77 passing yards, while holding an opponent to 12 or fewer points for a third time this season, strengthening their league lead in multiple team defense categories.

That is bad news for the Colts and their quarterback Andrew Luck, who has thrown 12 interceptions against just 13 touchdowns, averaging a mere 271.5 passing yards per game while leading Indianapolis to just one SU win.

The Packers must also battle an undefeated opponent for a second straight week when they host Carolina in a matchup pegged as a toss-up at the sportsbooks.

Green Bay has won 13 straight at Lambeau Field while going 9-3-1 ATS, and has been betting chalk in each of those contests, winning by a double-digit margin on seven occasions.

The Panthers are an impressive 12-1 SU in their last 13 games, 8-4-1 ATS; a run that has lifted them to 9/1 on the odds to win Super Bowl 50.

However, the trends favor the Packers, who are 6-2 SU and 5-3 ATS in their last eight overall against Carolina, and 3-1 SU and ATS in their last four at home according to the OddsShark NFL Database.

The NFL’s other two remaining undefeated teams are also in action this weekend.

The 7-0 New England Patriots will be gunning for an 11th straight SU win when they play host to the resurgent Washington Redskins, while the 7-0 Cincinnati Bengals entertain the rival Cleveland Browns on Thursday Night Football as big 10-point chalk.

In other NFL Week 9 betting action, the New York Giants look to maintain sole possession of first place in the NFC East when they visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as slim 1-point chalk, while the Dallas Cowboys host the Philadelphia Eagles as 2.5-point underdogs.

Broncos double-digit favorites on Sunday night vs. winless, depleted Giants

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The Denver Broncos head into Sunday night with the largest spread they have had at home after a bye week in at least 25 years. The Broncos are 11.5-point favorites against the winless New York Giants with a 38.5-point total for the Week 6 Sunday Night Football matchup at sportsbooks monitored by

Denver is 6-1 straight-up and against the spread in post-bye week games dating back to 2010. There’s a similar long-running trend of Denver being 7-2 SU and ATS in home games following a bye week since 2003. However, this is the first time since 1996 that Denver has been a double-digit favorite in that scenario.

The Giants, which are 0-5 SU and 2-3 ATS, had three wide receivers, including Odell Beckham Jr., sustain season-ending injuries last week. That has left QB Eli Manning with WR Roger Lewis (15 career catches) and WR Tavarres King as his main outside targets. Slot WR Sterling Shephard (sprained ankle) could be inactive.

While team performances tend to gravitate toward the mean with time, the Giants will need to show something new – with replacement-level personnel – in order to move the ball against a Denver pass defense which allows only 6.2 yards per pass, fifth-best in the NFL.

The Broncos’ top-ranked defense, led by OLB Von Miller, is also first in run defense and has every starter healthy. While NFC teams are a combined 1-10 SU on the road against Denver since 2012, the Giants are a solid 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games against the AFC.

Denver, 3-1 SU and 2-1-1 ATS, has been quietly efficient on offense. The Broncos, with QB Trevor Siemian, are in the middle of the NFL pack in yards per pass, but they are facing a Giants secondary that is minus CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (suspension) and has also had inconsistent play from CB Eli Apple.

Denver, 7-2 ATS over its last nine home games in October, has been good at opening holes for the tandem of C.J. Anderson and Jamaal Charles, who are each capable of making things happen in the open field if the tackling gets sloppy. New York also won’t have DT Olivier Vernon drawing double teams up front and keeping blockers off MLB Damon Harrison.

Unless the Broncos stop themselves, they should be able to grind out a workmanlike win.

The total has gone over in three of the Giants’ last four games against the Broncos, according to the OddsShark NFL Database. The total has gone over in six of the Broncos’ last seven games as a favorite of 11.0 points or more.

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Watch Indianapolis Colts vs. Seattle Seahawks live on NBC


The Seattle Seahawks host the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday Night Football as both teams look to get back to .500.

Russell Wilson will be the focal point of the Seahawks offense after throwing for a career-high 373 yards and four touchdowns in a losing effort vs. the Titans in Week 3. Wilson’s ability to avoid the rush and use his legs will be on full display as Seattle’s offensive line continues to struggle.

On the defensive side, the Seahawks’ “Legion of Boom” will look to get back on track at home in a raucous environment against Colts QB Jacoby Brissett who is filling in for an injured Andrew Luck.

If the Colts have any chance to pull off the upset on the road, Brissett will have to use his legs and connect on some deep throws to T.Y. Hilton.

Football Night in America

Start time: 7:00 p.m. ET

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Colts vs. Seahawks

Start time: 8:30 p.m. ET

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