While the Indianapolis Colts will have franchise quarterback Andrew Luck back on the field in 2018 after the former Pro Bowler missed the entire 2017 campaign, the AFC South Super Bowl hopefuls still have a ton of questions they need to answer as they seek to get back in the playoffs for the first time following their string of three straight failures to reach the postseason.
Whether the Colts, who went 4-12 a year ago, get back into the playoffs or not, there are a handful of games on Indy’s 2018 schedule that no NFL betting enthusiast should miss out on wagering on. Here is my betting breakdown on all of those matchups.
Indianapolis Colts 2018 NFL Betting Guide
“I’m not looking to hang them up anytime soon.”
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) June 20, 2018
Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 9, vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 1:00 p.m. ET
The Colts will open the season with a loss against a Cincinnati team that I’m expecting to challenge Pittsburgh for the AFC North divison title, even if a lot of other people don’t see it coming.
NFL Betting Pick: Bengals 28 Colts 24
Week 3: Sunday, Sept. 23, at Philadelphia Eagles, 1:00 p.m. ET
New head coach Frank Reich returns to the City of brotherly Love where he was the offensive coordinator the past two seasons. Unfortunately, while he knows what the Eagles will be doing offensively, Indy just doesn’t have the personnel to stop a Philadelphia team that will be really challenging to make consecutive Super Bowl appearances in 2018!
NFL Betting Pick: Eagles 31 Colts 20
Week 4: Sunday, Sept. 30, vs. Houston Texans, 1:00 p.m. ET
The Colts surprisingly swept the Texans last season to record half of their victories a year ago, but I’m thinking Houston will return the favor in 2018 as they challenge for a spot in the playoffs. Dare I say it, Deshaun Watson is a better quarterback than Andrew Luck?
NFL Betting Pick: Texans 31 Colts 21
Week 5: Thursday, Oct. 4, at New England Patriots, 8:20 p.m. ET
The Colts’ don’t stand a chance of winning this Week 5 matchup against the defending AFC champs in their first trip to Gillette Stadium since their now infamous ‘Deflategate’ matchup in January of 2015. Indianapolis hasn’t beaten New England since drafting Luck in 2012 (0-6). New England wins by double digits MyBookie football betting faithful!
NFL Betting Pick: Patriots 35 Colts 21
Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 11, vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 1:00 p.m. ET
Even at home, the Colts will be no match against a Jacksonville team that dominated then in getting the regular season sweep a year ago. Jacksonville’s powerful defense will rock on in this one!
NFL Betting Pick: Jaguars 27 Colts 17
Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 18, vs. Tennessee Titans, 1:00 p.m. ET
The Titans swept the Colts in 2017, but I’m thinking Indy is good for the regular season split in 208. Andrew Luck will out-gun Tennessee’s Marcus Mariota in this Week 11 AFC South divisional showdown!
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Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 25, vs. Miami Dolphins, 1:00 p.m. ET
While I’m expecting Indianapolis to be pretty mediocre in 2018, they’ll still be able to handle a Miami Dolphins team that I’m expecting to be pretty awful in 2018!
NFL Betting Pick: Colts 28 Dolphins 21