Philadelphia Eagles at Indianapolis Colts 9/15/14 NFL Pick, Odds, Prediction
Philadelphia Eagles (1-0) at Indianapolis Colts (0-1)
NFL Football: Monday, September 15, 2014 at 8:30 pm (Lucas Oil Stadium)
The Line: Indianapolis Colts -2.5 -- Over/Under: 52.5 See the Latest Odds
The Indianapolis Colts host the Philadelphia Eagles on ESPN’s Monday Night Football in a battle of postseason teams from last season.
The Philadelphia Eagles won and covered the spread in week one, but both results looked to be in serious jeopardy in the first half as the Eagles trailed 17-0 to the Jaguars. The offense came alive in the second half though with 34 unanswered points as quarterback Nick Foles completed 25/42 passes for 322 yards with two TD’s and one interception. Jeremy Maclin led all receivers with four catches for 97 yards with a TD and tight end Zach Ertz added three grabs for 77 yards and a TD. The Eagles potent backfield was also active as LeSean McCoy rushed for 74 yards on 21 carries while catching six passes for 41 yards and Darren Sproles shined in his debut with 71 yards on 11 carries with a long of 49 yards and four catches as well.
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The Eagles have to be concerned about their consistency on offense moving forward after sustaining injuries to two offensive linemen in week one. Also concerning is the fact that Nick Foles fumbled three times in the opener while losing two. Philadelphia does figure to have success defending the run in this contest though after holding the Jaguars to just 64 yards on 25 carries in week one.
The Indianapolis Colts dropped their opener to the Broncos 31-24 last week in a game that wasn’t as close as the final score indicates. The Colts were abused in the first half as Peyton Manning drove the ball at will to give the Broncos a 24-7 lead at the half. The Colts mounted a signature comeback behind quarterback Andrew Luck though, eventually covering the 7.5 point spread in the process. Luck threw for 370 yards with two TD’s and two interceptions as Reggie Wayne was in peak form on the receiving end hauling in nine catches for 98 yards. Tight end Dwayne Allen and new addition Hakeem Nicks each caught touchdown passes but T.Y. Hilton caught just five passes for 41 yards on 11 targets. The Colts were trailing from the onset so the running game didn’t get a fair shake, but nonetheless the unit looks to have some issues with neither Trent Richardson nor Ahmad Bradshaw looking spry or durable.
The Colts have been a strong bounce back team after a loss under Andrew Luck, with a 10-0 ATS record coming off a loss. Additionally, the Colts will be hosting their first Monday Night Football matchup since Luck became the starter, which should provide a significant crowd boost beyond the level of the average home game.
The Eagles will be a nice team to ride as an underdog this season but I see the crowd energy elevating the Colts performance here enough to get them the home win in prime time.