Colts vs. Bills Point Spread: NFL Pre-Season Week 1 Odds, Prediction

David Bastl | Updated Aug 06, 2019

Quarterback Josh Allen enters his second season with the Bills. He`ll have a new offensive line in front of him that should reduce the 28 sacks he took last season.

August 08, 2019, 7:00 PM ET
New Era Field
Pointspread -1.5 -110
Moneyline -134
Over / Under o +36.5
Pointspread +1.5 -110
Moneyline +111
Over / Under u +36.5

Former Bills backup Quarterback Frank Reich leads his Colts into Buffalo to kick off their preseason. Expectations are high in Indianapolis this season, as the Colts qualified for the post season last year and even knocked off a division rival in the Wild Card round. Now many believe the Colts are the team to beat in the AFC South.

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

Both of these teams had decent preseason records in 2018, with the Colts going 3-1 and the Bills 2-2.

In the last four games played in Buffalo between these two teams, the Colts have gone 0-3-1 against the spread.

The home team in this series is a perfect 5-0 ATS in the last five games.

The Colts future win total at Sports Interaction is listed at 9.5, while the Bills check in at 6.5 for the regular season.

Indianapolis Colts

With Quarterback Andrew Luck sidelined for likely most, if not all of the preseason (calf injury), the competition for the backup position isn’t exactly up for grabs either. Veteran Jacoby Brissett (who is likely to play one quarter) has the stranglehold on the position, with free agent Philip Walker and Chad Kelly battling for the third straight position. Look for the three of them to take the majority of the snaps this preseason while Luck gets healthy. Keep a closer eye of Kelly, who is the nephew of Hall of Famer Jim Kelly. The senior Kelly was the Bills starter in the 1990’s, and backed up by (now Colts Head Coach) Frank Reich for many years in Buffalo.

The competition has been fierce at the receiver position this camp especially with the addition of Devin Funchess (via free agency) from the Carolina Panthers. Rookie Parris Campbell (Ohio State) should get a decent look in this game against the Bills. He’s had a very good camp, and will be one of the fastest players on the field Thursday night.

Of note, the team claimed Running back D’Onta Foreman off waivers from the Houston Texans on Monday, however he is not expected to play this Thursday evening. He is expected to battle for a spot behind starter Marlon Mack. Reports say Mack will not dress for this contest.

Buffalo Bills

This will be the sophomore season for Quarterback Josh Allen in Buffalo. Last year Allen showed some signs of progress but overall in 11 starts it was a learning experience. The Bills finished 30th in the league in scoring offence with an average of 16.8 points per game, and Allen was sacked 28 times last season.

The Bills were serious about rebuilding the offence this off season, bringing in seven new offensive lineman to compete and takeover jobs, including signing free agent Mitch Morse to highest contract in the league for a Center. Morse is currently out of the lineup with a concussion.

First round pick Ed Oliver (Houston) continues to impress while playing with the Bills first unit defence. The team’s defence is one of the only spots that will not be questioned entering the season. Last year they were ranked 18th in scoring defence allowing 23.4 points per game.

Of note, Undrafted Quarterback Tyree Jackson (University of Buffalo) is expected to see some time in this game, and compete for a backup role with the organization.