The Colts have already clinched the top spot in the AFC and home field advantage throughout the playoffs so technically they have nothing to play for in NFL betting lines except a perfect regular season. The same thing could happen with New Orleans if they win at home this week against Dallas in football odds.
NFL betting lines are going to favor Indianapolis and New Orleans but taking those teams if they have nothing to play for could be risky in football odds. The Colts have already said they are not concerned about going 16-0. Head coach Jim Caldwell did say starters would play this NFL betting lines week against Jacksonville if they are healthy. Any player that has an injury concern probably won’t play in this football odds matchup and that means Indianapolis may start resting players like defensive stars Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis.
The Colts don’t really have an easy schedule down the stretch to go unbeaten. Jacksonville is fighting for a playoff spot and will not be a pushover in NFL betting lines. Next week the Colts have the Jets in NFL betting lines and they are really looking like a possible playoff team. The Colts finish with Buffalo in football odds but it is very possible they lose one of the next two games, especially if they rest starters.
New Orleans has what may be considered a tough game in NFL betting lines this week as they host Dallas. That may not be so difficult though considering the Saints are at home in NFL betting lines and Dallas continues to struggle in December. Next week the Saints should roll over a poor Tampa Bay team in NFL betting lines and then the Saints finish up at Carolina. The Saints really look to have the easier schedule in terms of going 16-0. That doesn’t mean they will win all three games in NFL betting lines though since the Saints are also more focused on winning the Super Bowl than going unbeaten. "It's tough,'' linebacker Jonathan Vilma said, "Fans are confused. We're not trying to go for 16-0. We're trying to win a title.'' The Saints look to have a better chance though to go unbeaten and that is something to keep in mind in NFL betting lines.