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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (4-1) at SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (2-3)
2013-10-14

The Colts look to improve to 5-1 while the host Chargers try to get back to .500 when these teams play on Monday night.

Indianapolis has won three straight games, with its most recent one being a comeback home victory last week over the Seahawks, 34-28. San Diego really struggled in Week 5, turning the ball over five times in a 27-17 loss to the Raiders. The last time these two teams played was in 2010 where the Chargers rolled to a 36-14 road victory, making them 12-4 ATS versus Indianapolis since 1992 and 6-1 ATS (5-2 SU) in their past seven meetings with the Colts. San Diego is 2-0 ATS so far this season at home, and since 1992, the team is an outstanding 21-3 ATS against AFC South opponents. However, Indy is 15-3 ATS in road games after scoring 25 points or more in three straight games over that same period. Indianapolis is also 11-3 ATS after the first month of the season over the past two years. Chargers RB Ryan Mathews is doubtful for the game after suffering a concussion against the Raiders, while Colts S LaRon Landry (ankle) is also questionable for the game Monday.

The Colts started last week against the Seahawks in a 12-0 hole and were down five going into the fourth quarter, but still came away with a 34-28 victory behind 229 passing yards and two touchdowns from QB Andrew Luck. He has thrown for 1,144 yards with seven touchdowns and just two interceptions so far this season. WR T.Y. Hilton led the team in receiving with 140 yards and two long touchdowns last week, scoring from 73 yards out and 29 yards out. RB Trent Richardson rushed for 56 yards (3.1 YPC) while Donald Brown was more effective with 37 yards and a touchdown on six carries (6.2 YPC) against Seattle. Despite Richardsons lack of eye-popping numbers since his trade from Cleveland (151 yards, 3.0 YPC in three games), the Colts are still the NFLs fourth best rushing team with 142 yards per game and rank fifth in the league with 4.7 yards per carry. They will, however, miss Ahmad Bradshaw (186 rush yards, 4.5 YPC, 2 TD) who was recently placed on injured reserve with a neck injury. Indy's offense was expected to thrive, but its defense has been quite the story this season, allowing just 15.8 PPG (5th in NFL) and 201 passing YPG (6th in league). The secondary will need to keep this up against the high-powered passing attack of Philip Rivers and the Chargers. Although the Colts have done a nice job stopping the pass, they are one of the league's worst against the run, allowing 129 rushing YPG (3rd-worst in NFL) and 4.8 YPC (6th-worst in league). Fortunately for their run defense, the Colts are playing against a San Diego team that averages just 91.2 rushing YPG (21st in NFL) and will likely be missing its top rusher, Ryan Mathews. The Colts have done a great job forcing turnovers this season with 10 takeaways, and they have also put great pressure on opposing quarterbacks with 15 sacks, including a league-best 9.5 sacks by LB Robert Mathis.

Chargers QB Philip Rivers entered last week with just 2 INT in four games, but wound up throwing three picks in the loss in Oakland. Rivers did, however, throw for two touchdowns and 411 yards, marking the third time in four games that he has eclipsed 400 passing yards. San Diego is averaging 311.2 YPG through the air (5th in NFL) and it will need to remain efficient in that category against a good Colts secondary. The Chargers' ground game was horrible last week, gaining just 32 yards on 19 rushing attempts, and if Mathews can't go, they will turn to Danny Woodhead (3.8 YPC) and Ronnie Brown (3.1 YPC) to carry the load. Star TE Antonio Gates is going to play a big role on Monday as he leads the team with 32 receptions and 438 yards while adding two touchdowns this season. Rookie WR Keenan Allen has also emerged as the Chargers top receiver in recent weeks as he now has 11 receptions for 195 yards and a touchdown over the past two games. San Diego is going to have to be much better defensively as it is surrendering a league-worst 6.5 yards per play and 288.8 YPG through the air (6th-worst in NFL). Andrew Luck will pick them apart if they dont do some adjusting. The Chargers have also struggled to stop the run, allowing 4.9 YPC (5th-worst in NFL) and 117.2 YPG on the ground (24th in NFL). That number is likely not going to get better with LB Dwight Freeney on injured reserve and LB Jarret Johnson questionable with a hamstring injury.



Broncos star Von Miller likely to receive six-game suspension
2013-08-20

The only question is how many games Miller will miss? The NFL was seeking eight games or more, but the NFLPA, which is taking an a Apuestas Deportivas Apuestas Rusia 2018 Online Bingo Rooms Play Bingo online sinotruck costa rica sitrak ctive role in Miller's defense, is looking for a reduced sentence of four games or less. La Canfora reports that the two parties will likely meet in the middle, landing on a six-game suspension.
ESPN's Chris Mortensen was the first to report Miller's facing a suspension of "at least" six games in 2013.
The Broncos are scheduled to play the Ravens, Giants, Raiders, Eagles, Cowboys and Jaguars in those first six games.
The initial report of Miller's suspension leaked out in late July and it involved a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. Miller claimed he did nothing wrong and the All Pro linebacker was supposed to have his appeal heard last week
However, the appeal was apparently postponed and now we find ourselves in a situation similar to Josh Gordon's where the sides are poised to cut a deal and move on from this
We'll have more on the story as it develops.


NFL Home Dogs barked loudly in Week 1
2010-09-14

For football bettors that see value in underdogs playing at home, NFL Week 1 was most likely a profitable one. Home ‘dogs ended up covering five of their eight games. Even more impressive, all five covers also resulted in straight up victories. Houston, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Seattle and Washington all prevailed while getting points at home.

The opening point spreads at Sportsbook.com for week two provide just three such opportunities: Detroit (+4) hosting Philadelphia, Washington (+3) entertaining Houston, and San Francisco (+5) welcoming New Orleans.

Home favorites went 5-2-1 ATS, 7-1 SU. The NY Jets were the only home team to lose SU. Chicago, a straight up winner but ATS loser, and Tampa Bay, who won SU but pushed, were the other two home favorites who failed to cover.

Last year’s bottom feeders ATS made positive impressions in week one. Detroit, worst in the NFL at 4-10-2 ATS in 2009, covered the number against Chicago and many believe they should have won the game outright based on the controversial incompletion call at the end of their heartbreaking loss to the Bears. Jacksonville, 5-11 ATS last year including 0-4 in their last four games, was an impressive ATS and SU winner over Denver, who was a respectable 9-7 ATS a season ago. Pittsburgh, 5-10-1 ATS last year when they failed to earn the opportunity to defend their Super Bowl title in the playoffs, knocked off Atlanta as a home underdog in week one. Seattle, tied for fourth worst last year ATS, may be gaining some believers under first-year head coach Pete Carroll after their resounding upset win over the well-regarded San Francisco 49ers. Last year in the college ranks, Carroll and USC were an uncharacteristic 4-9 ATS after three consecutive winning seasons ATS (8-5, 7-6, 7-6).

It was not the best of weekends for the six teams that represented the AFC in last year’s playoffs. New England and Baltimore both beat the spread and won their games, but Cincinnati, the Jets, Indianapolis and San Diego all lost both ATS and outright. Granted, the Bengals and Jets lost to fellow playoff teams in the Patriots and Ravens, respectively, but the two squads that were not facing a playoff participant from a year ago, the Colts and Chargers, failed to deliver as favorites.

NFC playoff teams from a year ago performed slightly better, going 3-3 both ATS and SU. Green Bay and New Orleans won ATS and outright over 2009 postseason alums Philly and Minnesota, respectively. While Arizona got the job done both ATS and SU against last year’s cellar dwelling St. Louis Rams, Dallas could not take care of its business on the road against rival Washington.

Divisionally speaking, no division went a perfect 4-for-4 ATS. The AFC South was the only division to go 3-1 ATS (also 3-1 SU), with the only loss coming in the intra-divisional matchup between Houston and Indianapolis. On the flip side, no division went 0-for-4 ATS, but the AFC West went 1-3 both ATS and SU, with the only win occurring in the intra-divisional clash between Kansas City and San Diego.

Whether you see value in home dogs or love to back favorites playing at home, head over to Sportsbook.com now to make your Week 2 NFL picks.