Buoyed by an upset win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, the Indianapolis Colts will look to make it two upsets in a row when they face the defending Super Bowl champions at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday. However, bookmakers aren’t all that optimistic with the Colts catching a field goal across online sports betting markets.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Indianapolis Colts Betting Lines
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||-3 -110||-145||51½ -110o|
|Indianapolis Colts||+3 -110||+125||51½ -110u|
It’s been two years since the Indianapolis Colts faced the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a game the Colts lost narrowly 38-35 at Raymond James Stadium. That was a different time for both teams, namely at the quarterback position. On Thanksgiving weekend, Tom Brady is set to lead the Buccaneers for the first time against the Carson-Wentz-inspired Indianapolis Colts. The past head-to-head trends aren’t going to have any bearing on this game or the NFL odds.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Next game: at Houston Texans
The Buccaneers returned to winning form with a comprehensive 30-10 win over the New York Giants on Monday Night Football. Indeed, Tampa Bay held the Giants scoreless in the second half, a fact that likely contributed to the untimely end to Jason Garrett’s stint as the offensive coordinator in New York.
The Buccaneers closed as the whopping 10½-point favorites, but they dispatched the cover with relative ease for NFL picks against the spread.
Brady had a solid turnout and finished with 30-of-46 passing for 307 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. He also added 10 yards on the ground, which was probably his longest career rushing attempt (or thereabouts).
Rob Gronkowski returned to the lineup for the first time in several weeks, and his impact on the offense was instant. He put up 71 yards on six receptions. Mike Evans and Chris Goodwin both caught a touchdown on the day.
The Buccaneers’ defense was impressive too, as Todd Bowles dialed up a clinic against third-year quarterback Daniel Jones. Jones was sacked twice and forced into throwing two interceptions while Darius Slatyon had a fumble lost.
“I don’t like the Bucs D getting hot.. and they are.”
— Good Morning Football (@gmfb) November 23, 2021
Wide receiver Scotty Miller (toe) is probable; defensive lineman Vita Vea (knee), wide receiver Antonio Brown (ankle), and guard Ali Marpet (oblique) are questionable. Defensive back Richard Sherman (calf) is expected back early December
Next game: at Atlanta
The Indianapolis Colts served up an upset that raised several eyebrows in Week 11, crushing the Buffalo Bills 41-15 at Bills Stadium to the utter shock of their fans. The up-and-coming Bills were the vogue NFL pick to win the Super Bowl this season, never mind this game. However, the complete and utter domination of the Bills has called into question their favoritism across the board.
The Colts gutted the Bills’ defense with rookie running back Jonathan Taylor doing most of the hard graft. Taylor ratcheted up a staggering 185 yards and four touchdowns on 32 carries and he added a receiving touchdown to his monstrous day.
So efficient was Taylor, it took the pressure of Wentz — which, let’s face it, is a good thing. Wentz isn’t known for clutch plays. He went a modest 11-of-20 for 106 yards and a touchdown. The defense also factored in the win, putting loads of pressure on Allen and causing him to toss a couple of interceptions and forcing a fumble. They even got after Mitch Trubisky and forced an interception in his limited action.
Centre Quenton Nelson (ankle) is listed as day-to-day.
Tampa Bay at Indianapolis Colts Betting on the Game
Both the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Indianapolis Colts come into this game in good form and brimming with confidence, but the public appears to be quite high on the hosts right now. That’s an interesting development to say the least.
Are we really buying what the Colts are selling? After just one signature victory over a team dubbed a legitimate contender? Weren’t the cracks starting to show in Buffalo’s armor ever since they lost to the Titans in Week 6? Since that loss, the Bills have gone 2-3 straight up (SU). Moreover, you don’t get to lose to the Jacksonville Jaguars and live it down.
The Colts are riding a three-game winning streak into Week 12, which includes wins against the New York Jets, Jaguars, and Bills. Prior to these wins, the Cotls beat the Miami Dolphins, Houston Texans, and San Francisco 49ers — not exactly a list of the who’s who in the NFL right now.
Lookahead Las Vegas odds projected the Bucs as the -3½-point favorites before Week 11, but at the close of the weekend’s round of action, the markets reopened with the Bucs laying merely -2½. The line has climbed up to a field goal recently as bettors have bet up the Buccaneers slightly. However, there’s enough action on the Colts and that’s keeping this line at -3 for the time being.
Seeing as the line is just below the original lookahead line, the Bucs are in the sweet spot for NFL picks here. Potentially, even, the steal bet without the pesky hook in the way.
The Colts have won the games they should win, but they’ve faltered against most of the best teams with the exception of the Bills. One win doesn’t mean anything unless the Colts can back it up. But it will be a tough ask against the Buccaneers, who looked to be rounding out into form on Monday night football.