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Washington Redskins vs. Indianapolis Colts - 9/16/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Indianapolis Colts (0-1) at Washington Redskins (1-0)
Date & Time Sunday September 16, 2018, 1:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Washington Redskins -5.5 -- Over/Under: 46
TV Channel
CBS
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NFL | Indianapolis Colts (0-1) at Washington Redskins (1-0)
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The Indianapolis Colts and Washington Redskins meet Sunday in NFL action at FedEx Field.

The Indianapolis Colts need a victory here in order to prevent their fifth straight 0-2 start to a season after losing to the Cincinnati Bengals last week. The Indianapolis Colts have lost eight of their last nine road games. Andrew Luck is completing 73.6 percent of his passes for 319 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Luck has 93 pass attempts since the start of the 2016 calendar year. Jack Doyle and Ryan Grant have combined for 119 receiving yards on 15 receptions while Eric Ebron has four receptions. The Indianapolis Colts ground game is averaging 75 yards per contest, and Jordan Wilkins leads the way with 40 yards on 14 carries. Defensively, Indianapolis is allowing 34 points and 330 yards per game. Darius Leonard leads the Indianapolis Colts with nine tackles, Margus Hunt has two sacks and Kenny Moore II has one interception.  

The Washington Redskins are coming off a blowout win over the Arizona Cardinals and have a chance at their first 2-0 start since the 2011 season. The Washington Redskins have won each of their last three home games. Alex Smith is completing 70 percent of his passes for 255 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. Smith has two or more touchdown passes in five of his last 10 games. Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson have combined for 133 receiving yards and one touchdown while Jordan Reed has four receptions. The Washington Redskins ground game is averaging 182 yards per contest, and Peterson leads the way with 96 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Washington is allowing six points and 213 yards per game. Quinton Dunbar leads the Washington Redskins with five tackles, Matt Ioannidis has one sack and D.J. Swearinger has one pass deflection.

The Colts are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games in September, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games on grass and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Redskins are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in September, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games on grass and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games following a ATS win. The home team is 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 meetings and the over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.

The Indianapolis Colts had five more first downs, gained 50 more yards and had the ball for five more minutes than the Bengals, but somehow lost by 11 points. Bad football teams find ways to lose by any means, and the Colts showed it yet again. I don't want to overreact to what the Redskins did week 1, but beating up on the Cardinals on the road is rather impressive. The Redskins defense showed serious potential and the offense looked balanced with two veterans in Peterson and Smith running the show. I don't have much trust in Gruden at head coach, but the Redskins could be a team worth keeping an eye on if they can bottle that performance in Arizona. I have no confidence in the Colts, especially on the road, until they show me something. I'll take the Redskins by a touchdown. 

Pick:
Washington Redskins -5.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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