Indianapolis Colts Vs Philadelphia Eagles: Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
Sunday, September 23, 1:00pm Eastern Time
Lincoln Financial Field Stadium
Sunday we will witness the long awaited return of Carson Wentz, as he will see his first game action since tearing his ACL last December.
The defending Super Bowl champs have looked a little rusty this season, but get a huge boost with the return of their franchise signal caller Carson Wentz. Eagles have averaged 19.5 points over the first two weeks of 2018, a far cry from the nearly 29 points they averaged a season ago. Wentz won’t likely have his full plethora of skill players at his arsenal. While wideout Alshon Jeffery may make his return to the field Sunday, running backs Darren Sproles and Jay Ajayi could both miss Sunday’s game with injuries. To soften the blow at running back Philly will likely lean on Corey Clement. Clement was impressive last week in spot duty, scoring a rushing TD and averaging 11 yards per reception in the passing game.
After giving up 34 points in the opener, Indianapolis’ defense dominated in their 21-9 victory over the Washington Redskins in week 2. Philly’s lack of depth at running back due to injury could be a concern against an Indy unit that only allowed a 1.0 ypc to Washington running backs last week.
Colts QB Andrew Luck has still not looked like himself on the field, tossing 3 interceptions over the first two games. He could be in for a long day facing off against a Philly defense that ranked 4th in the league a season ago in interceptions.
While Wentz may not look like his MVP-caliber self out the gates, Philly’s strong defense combined with Indy’s lack of talented playmakers on the offensive side of the ball should be enough to get Wentz the victory in his return to the field.
Score prediction: Eagles win 27-17
6.5 points is a lot of points, but Philly is superior to Indianapolis in every aspect. Look for Philly to get the ball out of Wentz’s hands quick, likely to Corey Clement and slot-receiver Nelson Agholor, The Colts lack of skill players will put too much onus on Andrew Luck, likely leading to turnovers that will put Indy out of reach.
Both teams have combined for an average of 41.5 points over the first two weeks of the season. While the return of Wentz to the lineup should give Philly an offensive boost, don’t look for the Eagles to put Wentz in harm’s way. The Eagles will keep the ball on the ground, and rely on quick passes throughout the game. This should be enough for Philly to escape with a victory, but not light up the scoreboard.
Head to Head
These two teams rarely face off, and the last matchup dates back to 2014 where Philly escaped with a 3-point victory. Indianapolis holds a 4-2 edge over the Eagles in the last 6 outings.
- The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Indianapolis’ last 10 games.
- The total has gone UNDER in Indianapolis’ last 5 road games.
- PHI is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games.
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Philadelphia’s last 6 home games.
- PHI QB Carson Wentz was one passing TD away from leading the league in 2017 despite missing 3 games.
- IND rookie LB Darius Leonard currently leads the league in tackles with 27.