The Indianapolis Colts escaped the Minnesota Vikings Sunday thanks to a late 53-yard field goal from Adam Vinatieri that provided the difference in the 23-20 win. Next up for the Colts is a home game against the struggling Jacksonville Jaguars. Most sportsbooks had yet to post an odds line for this one as of Monday evening.
Rookie quarterback Andrew Luck and the Colts did just enough to get their first win of the season against the Vikings. Luck put in a solid, if unspectacular performance to pace the Colts. Luck finished the game 20 of 31 for 224 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Perhaps most encouraging to Colts backers was the No. 1 pick in this year’s NFL draft looked extremely comfortable when leading the Colts on its game-winning drive late in the fourth quarter.
“It’s just amazing that the guy’s able to go out there and do the things he does as a rookie,” said Cots head coach Chuck Pagano. “He certainly had to put the ball on them, and he did.”
The Colts appear well on their way to erasing the ugly memories of last season that saw them start 0-13. Veteran wide receiver Donnie Avery emerged as Luck’s favorite target against the Jaguars. Avery finished with nine catches for 111 yards.
Indy catches a Jaguars team this week that has been among the worse in the league to this point. The Jags’ are 0-2 and are coming off a complete dismantling at the hands of the Houston Texans. Jacksonville gained just 117 yards, which set a new franchise mark for futility. To make matters worse, the Jags’ may be without quarterback Blaine Gabbert against the Colts because of a hamstring injury. If Gabbert does not play he will be replaced by Chad Henne.
While there is still not a line for this game, it will likely come in with the Colts being favored by around a field goal. If that’s the case, we’ll look to the Colts to win this one going away in our NFL picks.