The Colts have clinched the top seed in the AFC and home field advantage throughout the playoffs so their motivation will be in question. Anytime Peyton Manning is on the field though, the Colts are usually favored in football betting.
NFL betting has seen the Colts go 13-0 straight up and a very profitable 9-3-1 against the football betting odds. While the Colts have won 7 of the last 10 against Jacksonville overall, they are just 3-7 against the football betting line in those games. Early this season the Colts beat Jacksonville but it was only by a score of 14-12 and they did not cover the NFL betting pointspread. The Colts have actually been better on the road versus the Jaguars than at home. The Colts have won and covered the NFL betting odds in three of their last four trips to Jacksonville.
Jacksonville had won five straight games at home until dropping a 14-10 football betting decision to the Miami Dolphins last week. Maurice Jones-Drew has not been running the ball effectively in recent NFL betting weeks and he could find the going tough again this week against the Colts. The Jaguars don’t have it easy the next two weeks in NFL betting as they face the Colts on Thursday and then the New England Patriots the following week. To have any chance at making the playoffs the Jaguars are going to need to win at least one of those football betting games.
Winning against the Colts is simply not something teams have been doing. The Colts won their 22nd straight regular season game a week ago to set an NFL record. "Well, we did recognize it in the locker room. When you go 22 in a row, that's difficult to do," said head coach Jim Caldwell, "It's built on the shoulders of several guys who aren't even in that locker room, Tony (Dungy) included."
Looking at the NFL betting stats we see that the Colts are 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games and they are 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 road games. The Jaguars are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall and they are 3-11 ATS in their last 14 home games.
The Colts are popular again this week in what should be a heavily followed game on the NFL Network on Thursday night.