Monday Night Football: Texans vs Colts Odds NFL Wagering

November 1st, 2010 by

texans vs coltsIn something of a rarity this week’s Monday Night NFL betting odds matchup will feature two teams that are both coming off a Bye week. There’s little doubt that the Indianapolis Colts will benefit the most from this week off as this team has been fighting injuries all season long and would otherwise have to dress coaching staff to fill out the roster.

Indy (4-2) has managed to get off to a strong start despite one of the longest injury lists in the league. Heading into the November 1st Monday Night Meeting with the Houston Texans (4-2) the Colts have a dozen players listed on the injury report. Several key players like WR Austin Collie and S Bob Sanders are out. Others like Joseph Addai is doubtful and stars WR Reggie Wayne, LB Garry Brackett, WR Pierre Garcon and RB Donald Brown are questionable.

Even if the players in that last group suit up they’re not likely to be 100%.

For most teams an injury list like that would mean an end to the season. But most teams don’t have Peyton Manning behind center. Even without his regular crew of receivers he has still managed to keep this team on the winning track in the NFL gambling action and put up huge stats. Through 6 games he’s thrown for 1916 yards (319.3 ypg), 13 TDs and just 2 INTs. His passer rating of 103.4 is tops in the league and the offense is averaging 27.2 ypg (3rd best in the NFL).

Kickoff for this Monday matchup is set for 8:40 Eastern Time and SBG Global Sportsbook opened with the Colts as a 5.5-point favorite with an over/under total at 51.

The only way that the Colts can lose is if Manning doesn’t have the ball in his hands. And the Houston Texans know this very well.

When these two teams met up in Week 1 the Texans gave the Colts’ suspect run defense a steady dose of RB Arian Foster and the result was a 34-24 wins over their hated AFC South rival. Foster finished the day with the greatest rushing performance in Texans’ history (239 yards 3 TDs) and you can be sure we’ll see plenty of Foster on Monday Night.

The Colts run defense is awful (137.2 yards per game and there’s very little reason not to think that Foster will go nuts again, especially in the second half.

Still, it’s tough to bet against Manning and the safe sports betting play is on the home team.

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