Indianapolis Colts Betting Guide
The Indianapolis Colts are a professional American football team in Indianapolis. The Colts compete in the American Football Conference in the South Division of the National Football League, and, ever since the 2008 season, they’ve played their games in Lucas Oil Stadium.
Founded in Baltimore in 1953 as a member of the American Football League, they joined the NFL as a part of the merger. The Colts made the move to Indianapolis in 1984 and have enjoyed plenty of success in Indiana since.
They’ve made the playoffs more than 15 times with two conference championship victories and one Super Bowl win versus the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI. The Colts have a rich history with some of the best to ever play or coach the game. This franchise is as dedicated as ever to its strong fanbase and remains as still competitive today despite a flux at quarterback.
Best Players and Coaches in Indianapolis Colts History
While there are a number of players and coaches who have had great stints with the Indianapolis Colts, there are two which stand out of the crowd. Big-name players like Eric Dickerson, Marvin Harrison, and Reggie Wayne have played for the Colts and made a monster impact. So too have they had big-name coaches like Ted Marchibroda, Jim Mora, and Jim Caldwell.
However, as great as these former Colts were, they’ll never be as big as Peyton Manning and Tony Dungy.
With the first pick overall in the 1998 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts selected Peyton Manning from the University of Tennessee. Manning ushered in an entirely new and respected era of football to Indy after a long time in the dumps.
One of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game, Manning played 14 seasons with the Colts and broke both franchise and league records along the way. Here are some of the awards: 5 MVPs, 2 NFL Offensive Player of the Year, 14 Pro Bowls, 7 First Team All-Pro, Walter Payton Man of the Year, NFL Comeback Player of the Year, Pro Bowl MVP, Super Bowl MVP, and a two time Super Bowl Champion.
Manning may not have ended his career in Indianapolis, but he will always be remembered as a Colt.
If there was a perfect coach for Peyton Manning, it was Tony Dungy. Signed in 2002, Dungy was brought in to address a lackluster Colts defense, which had been failing to meet the success of Manning’s high-powered offense.
Dungy had made his name as a defensive mastermind for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and lived up to the rep in Indianapolis. In seven seasons with the Colts, Dungy won over 90 games, reaching double-digit win totals every year.
He coached the colts to the AFC Championship Game twice, winning once and setting up their 2006 Super Bowl victory. He did not invent the “Cover 2” defense, but he perfected it, and the Colts reaped the rewards.
Dungy is not just considered one of the NFL’s best coaches, but he is also one of the league nicest guys, and, always, a Colt.
Indianapolis Colts Betting Odds
While Peyton Manning and Tony Dungy have moved on from their time in Indy, the Colts remain one of the most interesting teams in the NFL. This is a good franchise that is dedicated to putting a good product out on the field every Sunday. In other words, the Colts are a fun team to beat on every Sunday (or Monday… or Thursday).
There are three main ways you can bet on the Colts online. There is the spread, the moneyline, and the over/under or total.
A point spread wager will always payout at about -110, meaning you’d have to bet $110 to win $100. The $10 is the juice and what the sportsbook always collects on winning wagers. This might seem unfair, but is standard industry practice. Moreover, if you think you can spot when an underdog is going to win, then your best bet is to take a look at the moneyline. The moneyline is simply a bet on which team is going to win and which team is going to lose.
The favorite is always denoted by a minus (-) sign next to their name while the underdog is denoted by a plus (+) next to theirs. So, for a standard Colts game, you might see Colts (+135) vs. Texans (-160). In this case, the Colts are the underdog and if you bet $100 on the Colts to win, you will win $135 on top of your original $100 bet. If you want the Texans to win, you would have to bet $160 in order to win $100 back on the bet.
Finally, there is the over/under or total. That is simply a bet that is asking how many points do you think the two teams are going to score combined in the game. In this case, the Colts vs. Texans over/under could be 49.5. If you bet the over and the Colts beat the Texans 27-24, you would win your bet. Most sportsbooks have their over/under lines at -110 depending on the game.