The Colts are expected to beat the New York Jets and be the favorite in Superbowl betting. They have quarterback Peyton Manning and previous Super Bowl experience.
Superbowl betting has three of the four remaining teams with explosive offenses. The Colts have Manning and a great passing attack that can impact Superbowl odds; the Saints have the top offense with Drew Brees while the Vikings have Brett Favre. The Jets are the one team in Superbowl betting that doesn’t have a great offense but they run the ball better than anyone and they play defense better than anyone. The Colts have a defense too, and it sometimes gets overlooked in Superbowl betting. This defense held the Baltimore Ravens to just three points last week. The numbers are not that great but in the playoffs the Colts seem to find a way to step it up on defense. They were 18th in the NFL in total yards allowed this Superbowl betting season. They were 14th versus the pass and 24th versus the run. That ranking against the run would seem to be an issue against the Jets but last week the Colts held up well against the Ravens and their rushing attack. "We came out fast (against Baltimore). We were physical. And we were the better team," strong safety Melvin Bullitt said.
The Colts will face a New York team that was first in the league in rushing at 172.2 yards per game. The Jets had 171 yards on the ground in their win over Cincinnati and they ran for 169 in the win over San Diego. The Jets ran for 202 yards in the 29-15 regular season win over the Colts. "People tell us, 'You can't stop the run.' That's one of the great things about football.” Linebacker Gary Brackett said, “You get to define yourself. But we have to do the same thing next (Sunday). The Colts forced four turnovers in the game against Baltimore and that was a huge key to keeping them alive in Superbowl odds. "When we get guys out there that fly around, we have performances like we did," said defensive end Dwight Freeney.
Superbowl betting has Indianapolis as the favorite to play in Super Bowl XLIV. While the Colts are favored in Superbowl odds, they are not a lock as was proven last week when San Diego lost as 9-point favorites to the Jets.