Green Bay Packers vs Indianapolis Colts Betting Odds And Preview

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The bye week may have been early in the season for the Indianapolis Colts, but it may have come at a good time. Andrew Luck has three games under his belt in 2012, and the extra week gives the rookie a chance to assess where he is after the first three weeks. And it’s probably necessary to spend an extra week planning for the visiting Green Bay Packers. The Pack come into Indianapolis following a thrilling win over the New Orleans Saints and a bizarre loss to the Seattle Seahawks two weeks ago. The Packers are good, especially when they’re clicking offensively and can pressure the quarterback on defense. The big issue for Green Bay is finding ways to protect the quarterback, especially after the protection debacle against Seattle. The Colts on the other hand look like a completely different team from a year ago, but are still not to the point of being a playoff contender.

THE GAME

When you glance at the stats coming in, there isn’t a lot of disparity between the two teams. Both will sling it around offensively, and surprisingly, both nearly average the same amount of points per game – Green Bay at 21.2 and Indianapolis at 20.3. The common denominator here is experience. Aaron Rodgers is really good and looked good against New Orleans last Sunday. The Packers have the weapons offensively and have the playmakers on defense. Remember, this is a team that is less than two years removed from a Super Bowl. On the flip side, the Colts are young. Give Indianapolis credit, however, as the Colts seem to be much farther along than most people believed they would be, especially this early in the season. The Packers have been set as touchdown favorites in the game over the Colts on NFL Week 5 Betting Odds available at Bovada Sportsbook. To cover, Green Bay will need at least an eight-point win over Indianapolis. A loss b the Colts by six points or less will give Indianpolis the cover.

WHAT TO WATCH

Andrew Luck is averaging more passing yards per game than Aaron Rodgers. The rookie out of Stanford has obviously had his ups and downs this season, but Luck seems to be all that the Colts envisioned he would be. Sunday, however, will be Luck’s ultimate test. Not only is he staring down at Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, but he’s doing so on his home turf. Luck will learn very quickly that if you’re going to have an “off” game, you better not make it at home, especially in a game like Sunday. Luck is cool, calm and collective in the spotlight, but Sunday will be the first time a majority of the early afternoon eyes across the country will be on him. Aaron Rodgers will make his plays and wow the crowd at times, but Andrew Luck simply has to play his game and let the chips fall where they may.

PREDICTION

The Packers are a much better football team than the Colts. If you looked at this game last year, this was easily a double-digit line and the Packers would probably cover. This year, however, the Colts can score with the best of them. Don’t expect a complete shootout, as both defenses have proved they can slug it out. With the line at 7.0, this is a game that could literally go either way. No matter how explosive Green Bay is, the Colts understand how big of a game this is for their franchise. With a rookie quarterback and an expected full house in Indianapolis, the Colts will not let this game get out of hand. Expect Indy to keep it close, but how close will be the unknown heading into Sunday. See the Betting Odds for this one and the rest of the Week 5 Schedule Below.

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