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NFL Betting: Manning-less Colts Hang On Against Defending Super Bowl Champions Friday

Written by Matt Stevens   
Thursday, 25 August 2011 07:24

Green Bay Packers vs. Indianapolis Colts free picksWhen the Indianapolis Colts welcome the Green Bay Packers to Lucas Oil Stadium on Friday, it will be about one thing: survival. Perhaps later on in the year when Peyton Manning is back healthy the Colts will get the chance at the defending Super Bowl champions in a sports betting game that matters, but for now it is about simply avoiding embarrassment with Curtis Painter and Dan Orlovsky leading the way at home.

Green Bay Packers @ Indianapolis Colts
Friday August 26, 2011 – 8:00 PM ET

Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana

NFL Betting Lines
: Green Bay Packers – 9

Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers likely won’t have a problem throwing some touchdown passes against the Indianapolis base defense, especially consider the Colts are known for using their base packages and not sending many blitzes in the preseason.

NFL Betting Preview: Green Bay Packers

With a new season upon them, the Packers’ goal now is to simply avoid any letdown of focus to open the year, and make sure that they play with both focus and consistency. That shouldn’t be a problem with Rodgers leading one of the most complete offenses in the league, and there is little reason to think that the defense won’t be able to keep pace. Green Bay head coach Mike McCarthy actually would have probably preferred if Manning was in this game so that he could get a better read on where his defense is at in what amounts to their final true tune up before the regular season, but he may have to settle for exploring just how bad his offense can make another sports betting bonus team look.

NFL Betting Preview: Indianapolis Colts

The Colts have looked absolutely lost with Painter and Orlovsky leading the offense, signifying just how important Manning is to their team, and just how much this offense is tailored to his strengths. Indianapolis may have to turn to the running game more often than they had hoped, but it will be a good test to see how the offensive line holds up against one of the better 3-4 betonline defenses in the NFL. The Colts do not send extra pressure in the preseason on defense, so this game will be about lining up and beating the man you are facing.

NFL Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

There is absolutely no reason to think the Colts will be able to keep this one close, and while nine points is a lot for a road team in the preseason, Green Bay might actually win by double that number. The Packers have all of the tools to repeat as Super Bowl champions, and with a healthy roster heading into the third preseason game, they should come out focused and determined to execute regardless of who is lined up on the opposite side of the ball.

BSN Sports Free Pick: Green Bay Packers - 9

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