Sportsbooks for US players favor the road team by a field goal and change when the Indianapolis Colts and the Buffalo Bills play on Saturday in an NFL Week 1 preseason game from Highmark Stadium.
Indianapolis Colts vs. Buffalo Bills Odds By BetOnline
|Colts||-3½ ( -110 )||38 ( -110 )||-180|
|Bills||+3½ ( -110 )||38 ( -110 )||+150|
Betting Indianapolis Colts
Indy is the road fave at the best online sportsbooks. The Indianapolis Colts are coming from a four-win season. They are now beginning the era of Shane Steichen. The Colts have gone to the playoffs just two times in the last eight years. There is no way but up for them.
The Colts have one of the most interesting QB battles this year between rookie Anthony Richardson and veteran Gardner Minshew. Richardson is a bit green, but he’s enormously athletic and skilled, and he could become something if he is groomed right.
This is Minshew’s third different team, and he has been a good backup with 44 career-scoring touchdown passes and more than 6,600 passing yards through the air. Another area to keep a lookout on is the Colts cornerback, since they didn’t have a lot of depth at the position to start with, and that was prior to Isaiah Rodgers Sr. being released because of a gambling problem.
Darius Rush and Dallis Flowers are the two guys that will be fighting for crucial playing time, as will Kenny Moore and the recently drafted JuJu Brents. The Colts are going to be an interesting team to keep an eye on in these preseason games.
Indianapolis has gone 1-5 ATS against the point spread in their last six football games. The total has gone OVER in five of Indianapolis’ last six games. The Colts have gone 0-7 SU in their last seven games.
Indianapolis has gone 5-10 ATS against the point spread in their last 15 games playing against Buffalo. The Colts have gone 4-9 SU in their last 13 games playing against Buffalo. Indianapolis has gone 1-5 SU in their last six games on the road.
The Colts have gone 1-4 SU in their last five games when playing on the road against Buffalo. Indianapolis is 1-4 ATS in their last five games against an opponent in the American Football Conference.
Indianapolis has gone 6-2 ATS in their last eight games against an opponent in the American Football Conference East division. The total has gone OVER in four of Indianapolis’ last six games played in August.
Betting Buffalo Bills
The Bills are three and a half points home dogs according to sportsbooks for US players. The Buffalo Bills were favored to win the Super Bowl last season, but they crapped the bed in the playoffs in spite of 13 regular season wins.
It goes without saying that head coach Sean McDermott and company have a lot to make up for. The good news is that the Bills are one of the more balanced teams in the league with few question marks.
The one unavoidable issue is at linebacker. Tremaine Edmunds left for the Chicago Bears.
Tyrel Dodson is in a competition with two rookies, Baylon Spector and Terrel Bernard, for the starting gig. Dodson is the favorite to get the job, considering that he has five career starts and 69 tackles to his name.
The Bills have another ongoing competition at running back with James Cook and Damien Harris. Josh Allen is pretty damn good, but he someone else should be getting more rushing yards than Allen did last season.
Somebody else in Buffalo needs to take over the lead running back role and ease the load for the star QB. Nonetheless, the Bills have a great roster as they enter the preseason.
Indianapolis Colts vs. Buffalo Bills Pick
We get why the Colts are the big favorites, since they have two proficient QBs in Richardson and Minshew, and the competition bring out the best in each. The Bills are not likely to play Josh Allen, and that means that we are going to get a lot of Kyle Allen and Matt Barkley.
Having said that, this is the preseason and weird things tend to happen when teams often do not play to win so much as to get a good look at the roster. Once we are past three points, we start to lean toward the underdog.
We are getting 5.5 points with a home team. Clear advantage at quarterback or not, we have to take the points with the Bills. We almost never lay big chalk in the preseason.