Week 9 Alert: Broncos vs Colts NFL Betting Preview
The Denver Broncos are one of just four undefeated teams remaining in the National Football League as we head into Week 9; their 7-0 start matches their best since 1998. For those who were thinking that the Broncos’ record were soft, their 29-10 pounding of the Green Bay Packers last Sunday night should be enough to prove NFL betting fans that the Broncos’ defense and running game are among the best in the league, even when Peyton Manning’s passing attack is not quite up to its usual standard.
Odds: Broncos -5
This matchup takes place in Indianapolis, where the Colts (3-5) have dropped three straight, losing most recently to the Carolina Panthers in overtime on Monday night. The Colts had a chance to win that game until Luke Kuechly grabbed a key interception in overtime to keep the Colts away from scoring. The Colts are tied with Houston for first in the lowly AFC South division. For the Colts to come away with the upset, T.Y. Hilton and Frank Gore have to run rampant against an ironclad Broncos defense. Denver ranks #1 in defense, permitting only 261.1 yards per game.
Gore has rushed for 446 yards in eight games, with three touchdowns. He has also caught three touchdowns, averaging 5.6 yards per grab. Hilton did not play that well against Carolina but is the focus for the passing game in Indianapolis, averaging 16.4 yards per catch this season for the eighth ranking in the league. Indianapolis is 6-4 straight up and 5-4-1 against the spread in the last 10 home games.
In their whipping of the Packers last week, the Broncos outgained the other side 500-140 in total yards. Aaron Rodgers threw for just 77 yards on the night, one of the worst games of his entire career. Manning rebounded from some off games by going 21 for 29 with 340 yards. He didn’t throw a touchdown pass, but the scoring came from tailbacks Ronnie Hillman and C.J. Anderson, who combined to run for 161 yards and three scores.
Betting Odds Trends
- Denver is 5-1-1 ATS in its last 7 games
- Denver is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
- Denver is 5-1-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
- Denver is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games on the road
- Denver is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Indianapolis
- Denver is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games when playing Indianapolis
- The total has gone OVER in 8 of Denver’s last 10 games when playing Indianapolis
- Denver is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Indianapolis
- Denver is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Indianapolis
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Denver’s last 5 games when playing on the road against Indianapolis
- Indianapolis is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games
- Indianapolis is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Indianapolis’s last 6 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Indianapolis’s last 15 games
- Indianapolis is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home
- Indianapolis is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games at home
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Indianapolis’s last 6 games at home
- Indianapolis is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Denver
- Indianapolis is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing Denver
- The total has gone OVER in 8 of Indianapolis’s last 10 games when playing Denver
- Indianapolis is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Denver
- Indianapolis is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Denver
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Indianapolis’s last 5 games when playing at home against Denver
Thanks to Demaryius Thomas, the Broncos’ passing game was stellar as well. Thomas leads the Broncos in receiving yards with 695, and he caught eight of 11 targets to rack up 168 yards against Green Bay. The Colts permit 285.9 passing yards per game, third worst in the NFL. This means that the eyes will be on Thomas to feast on this poor passing defense. He has averaged 17.3 yards per catch with one touchdown in the three games he has played against the Colts. The Broncos also just picked up tight end Vernon Davis in a trade with the 49ers. His leadership and experience are likely to help the team, even though he only has 194 yards on 18 catches so far this year. In the last 10 road games, Denver is 7-3 straight up and 6-3-1 against the spread. Look for them to continue their unbeaten form this week.