NFL Preview: Colts Look to Improve Against Redskins

Al Dannity | Updated Oct 04, 2017

Indianapolis looked rusty last week but should be back firing on all cylinders when the Colts travel to Washington to take on the Redskins.

Manning’s arm will once again prove decisive It’s hardly stunning news to hear that Peyton Manning will be the key factor in any Colts game but the Indianapolis quarterback will be even more important than usual this weekend. The Colts’ Sunday Night Football trip to Washington will be won and lost in the passing game.

While looking far from world-beaters so far in 2010, the Colts still possess one of the most dominant aerial attacks in the NFL. Manning and company are averaging 317.2 passing yards per game, helping to make up for a running game that can only average 79.8 yards on the season. This will prove important against the Redskins, who are giving up 298.0 yards per game in passing.

Washington don’t have the firepower to hit back if Manning gets hot in this game. Donovan McNabb has performed a few miracles for the Redskins this season but the Redskins’ average just 337.2 yards of total offense. That’s led to Washington scoring just 17.8 points per game. While the Redskins have been effective at keeping opponents out of the end zone, it’s tough to see how Washington will be able to stop the Colts from turning this into a shootout. Bet on the Indianapolis Colts as -3.5 favorites with Sports Interaction.

Jets look to take down Broncos air attack Denver may be off to a 2-3 start but the Broncos are putting up some big yardage through the air so far this season. The Kyle Orton led attack averaging 333.0 yards per game, causing problems for all opposing defences. The problem for Denver is balancing its offense with an effective ground game. To date the Broncos have been wholly lacking in its rushing attack, averaging just 51.8 yards per game. Against the Jets it’s going to be tough to see the Broncos putting up big yardage.

New York have stifled the run games of their opponents to date and have limited pass-first offenses to so-so performances. Currently on a four game winning streak, the Jets have a remarkably balanced offense. With an average of 172.0 passing yards and 165.2 running yards per game, the Jets have overcome the relative lack of big plays by Mark Sanchez by keeping opponents guessing. I expect a similar approach to pay dividends on Sunday. Bet on the Jets as -3.0 favorites with Sports Interaction.

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