This football betting matchup can be seen on NBC television. The Colts are a 9 point NFL betting favorite in NFL Odds Week 1 action.
Football betting is usually popular on the Colts although the enthusiasm could be tempered a bit in this game since quarterback Peyton Manning did not play at all during the preseason. The Bears had quarterback issues of their own but Kyle Orton won the starting job according to football betting experts and will lead Chicago in this game.
The Colts have a potent offense that Manning directs. They were 5th in the league in total yards last season according to football betting numbers. They were 3rd in the league in points scored at just over 28 per game according to NFL betting stats. The defense was even better, ranking 1st in the NFL in points allowed according to football betting numbers. The Bears did not have good numbers last season on offense or defense according to football betting stats. The once vaunted Bears defense slipped to 16th in the league in points allowed according to NFL betting stats. The offense was tied for 18th in scoring according to football betting stats but really that number is skewed because of super return man Devin Hester. In total yards they were a pathetic 27th according to football betting stats.
Indianapolis was a pretty good team at home last season as they went 5-3 against the football betting pointspread. The Bears held their own on the road going 4-4 against the NFL betting pointspread. The two teams have met twice since 2001 with the most famous being Super Bowl XLI when the Colts defeated the Bears by a score of 29-17 according to football betting history. The teams also met in the 204 regular season at Chicago and the Colts won 41-10 according to football betting numbers. The Colts covered both of those meetings while the over/unders were split as the regular season meeting went over and the Super Bowl went under.