The Colts are one of the favorites in the AFC while many NFL betting experts believe the Vikings are a dark horse in the NFC. Football betting odds on this game should be very competitive.
NFL betting numbers show that the Colts were excellent last season on both offense and defense. They were 5th in the NFL in offense according to NFL betting stats led by quarterback Peyton Manning. They were 3rd overall in defense according to NFL betting stats. They were not as good, however, against the run as they ranked 15th overall according to NFL betting stats and that could be a problem in this game as they face Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson. The Colts will try and force Minnesota quarterback Tarvaris Jackson to beat them instead of Peterson.
Minnesota should be able to put pressure on Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning especially now that they have Jared Allen who they got from Kansas City in the off-season. One of the weaknesses of the Vikings last year was the pass rush and Allen has definitely upgraded that part of the team.
NFL betting numbers show that Minnesota and Indianapolis have not met in the regular season since 1997. The Colts lost 39-28 in that game and lost 12-3 the previous season according to football betting history. Those are the only two meetings between the two teams since the Colts moved to Indianapolis according to NFL betting history.
The Colts are 12-9-1 against the NFL betting number in their last 22 road games as a favorite. Surprisingly, 15 of the Colts last 26 road games have gone under the football betting total. Minnesota has not been a good home underdog in recent seasons according to NFL betting numbers. The Vikings are only 2-4 against the football betting number the last three years in that role. Minnesota is 12-10-2 to the over in their last 24 home games according to NFL betting stats.
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