Indianapolis Colts at Carolina Panthers

Football betting on Saturday includes a matchup between the Indianapolis Colts and Carolina Panthers.

The two teams are meeting for the first time ever in NFL betting preseason action. NFL week 1 odds have the Panthers as a 3.5 point football betting favorite with a total of 35.5.

Football betting stats show that the teams have met four times in regular season action with the Panthers holding a 3-1 series edge. The Colts opened football betting preseason action last week in the Hall of Fame game and they lost to Washington 30-16. Many starters for the Colts did not play including quarterback Peyton Manning and that impacted the football betting outcome in the game against Washington. The Colts will be without a number of starters again this week including Manning, Dwight Freeney and Bob Sanders according to football betting injury information. Backup quarterback Jim Sorgi should play more than just the one series he played last week according to NFL betting experts. The Colts are 2-11 straight up and 3-10 versus the football betting number the past three preseasons.

NFL betting information tells us that the Carolina Panthers welcome back quarterback Jake Delhomme for the first time since week three of last season. Delhomme underwent elbow surgery last October and has looked fully healthy during training camp according to NFL betting experts. The Panthers will have three new starters on the offensive line this season according to football betting information. Along the defensive line the Panthers will be without the retired Mike Rucker according to football betting information. "We have a number of young new players throughout the offense and defense and we are anxious to see how they hold up against a very well established team," head coach John Fox said.

The Panthers have had to deal with the Steve Smith mess this past week and should be happy to get on the field. Smith will play in this game as his suspension will occur during the first two games of regular season football betting. Smith is the one Carolina player that can impact football betting odds at any moment. He may not get much playing time on Saturday but he still could make an impact on NFL week 1 odds.