The Indianapolis Colts travel to Foxborough to take on the New England Patriots. Here are the best bets for the Week 9 matchup.
Last season, the Indianapolis Colts and the New England Patriots showed that the rivalry was very much still alive in a thrilling primetime game. With both squads fighting for a playoff spot last season, Jonathan Taylor and the Colts were able to walk out of Lucas Oil Stadium with a victory over the Pats. However, this year is shaping up to be different.
For starters, there will be no Jonathan Taylor as he’s set to miss the game with an ankle injury. Additionally, the season hasn’t really been promising for either team. The Colts are 3-4-1 and New England is just 4-4. Regardless, this could still be a great game with a ton of worthy action to bet on.
Best Colts bets Week 9
3. Under 40.5 points (-112)
This seems to be a given every week, and if you watch Indianapolis play, you understand why. The offense is simply inconsistent and doesn’t currently have the ability to put up a lot of points. Additionally, Indy’s defense is pretty good, so it often limits other teams’ scoring. Combine that with the fact that Indy hasn’t played many explosive offenses and you have a lot of games hitting the under.
This week is no different. The Patriots average just 22.1 points a game and they allow 20.4. Between both teams’ solid defenses and inconsistent offenses, the combined points on Sunday definitely should be 40 or less.
2. Parris Campbell over 2.5 receptions (-106)
Parris Campbell has finally arrived for the Colts and that makes this a good bet. After struggling to stay on the field in his first three seasons, Campbell has been healthy and productive in his fourth season. On the year, he has 30 receptions for 282 yards and two touchdowns. That includes games with seven and 10 receptions in two of the last three weeks.
In Week 8, Campbell had just two catches but he was involved in the game plan, receiving handoffs as well. With Nyheim Hines now in Buffalo, expect Parris Campbell to be even more involved and for him to have more than two catches.
1. Alec Pierce over 31.5 receiving yards (-110)
Alec Pierce may just be the Offensive Rookie of the Year as he has become a consistent receiving threat for the Colts. Every game, he catches at least one big pass from whatever quarterback is under center in Indianapolis. He essentially wakes up with 30 receiving yards to his name.
Aside from his professional debut, his lowest receiving total was 37 yards. Pierce had another game with 49 receiving yards but in every other game, he was over 60 yards. The Patriots have some solid defensive backs but still, expect Pierce to make some tough catches to get his yards.