When the 2015 NFL Playoffs began, the Colts certainly weren’t an odds-on favorite to reach the Super Bowl. But following their surprise 24-13 victory against the Denver Broncos at Mile High Stadium, Indianapolis is within one game of doing the improbable. Of course, they have a big roadblock standing in their way named the New England Patriots.
Playoff success is certainly nothing new to the Patriots, who’ve won three NFL titles since 2002. However, their divisional matchup against the Baltimore Ravens was anything but easy since they needed some third-quarter trickery and a big comeback to win.
But here we are now with a clean slate, and the Patriots and Colts both looking for the one win that will get them to the 2015 Super Bowl. As for the favorite, it’s definitely New England since they have homefield advantage and a long history of postseason success. We at GTBets.eu also have them favored on the line, which you can see below:
New England -6.5 (-110)
A near-touchdown favorite on our AFC Champion betting line, New England has some ground to cover here. And this is a tall task when you consider that they’re facing an Andrew Luck-led offense that has no trouble scoring.
By all accounts, this should be a shootout because these are the No. 2 and 3 offenses from the AFC. But with Daniel Herron having taken over running duties for Indianapolis, they’ve been featuring a slowed-down version of their offense. Furthermore, the defense is picking up, as can be seen by how they held Denver to just 13 points last game. So beating the Colts by a touchdown won’t be a picnic for the Patriots.
Then again, New England does have both Tom Brady and history on their side. Regarding the latter, from 1999-2012, 11 of 14 AFC champs have won this game by at least a touchdown. Seeing as how New England is already favored here and they’re playing in Foxborough, we like their chances to cover the spread.
Final Score Prediction: New England wins 38-24