How bad are things in Indy these days? Well, the Browns aren’t road underdogs for the first time since Week 7 of the 2014 season when they play the Colts on Sunday. Indianapolis is viewed by many sports bettors to be the worst team in the NFL and it’s still unclear when starting quarterback Andrew Luck will be back on the field.
Cleveland Browns vs. Indianapolis Colts
Point Spread: Pick’em Date: Sunday, Sept. 24, 1:00 PM ET Location: Lucas Oil Stadium – Indianapolis, Indiana
Point Spread and Betting Analysis
This game is considered a coin toss according to the Sports Interaction NFL odds board with both teams paying -110 if they win the game outright. The Colts have dropped to 6-6 straight up and against the spread without Andrew Luck starting at quarterback since the start of the 2015 season. Indy has scored just 29 points in the last three games with its franchise player on the sidelines.
The under is 8-2 in the Browns last 10 games overall and 6-0 in the Colts last six home games. Cleveland is 19-6-1 ATS in its last 26 road games against teams with losing home records. Seventy percent of Sports Interaction’s customers think the game will finish below the 40.5 game total.
Hue Jackson is a former offensive coordinator and when Cleveland hired him to be its football head coach, Jackson didn’t think it was necessary to hire an OC for his coaching staff. Jackson continues to call the offensive plays entering Year 2 of his term with the Browns but he might want to reconsider his coaching duties.
The Browns finished with the league’s third-worst total offense in 2016 and are averaging just 14 points per game after the first two weeks of the new season.
Jacoby Brissett – the former third-string quarterback for the New England Patriots – appears to be the stand-in starter until Luck is ready to return. Brissett made his first start for Indy in last week’s 16-13 home, overtime loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
Brissett completed just 22 of his 40 pass attempts and turned the ball over twice, including one in overtime. All that said, he’s still an improvement over former fill-in QB Scott Tolzein who was mauled to pieces by the Rams in Week 1.
Cleveland Browns vs. Indianapolis Colts Prediction
Browns 17-Colts 15