The Philadelphia Eagles (1-1) host the Indianapolis Colts (1-1) this Sunday in a battle between two teams trying to get back above .500. Kickoff is set for 1:00 PM EST at Lincoln Financial Field and the game will be televised on FOX.
Philadelphia opened as a 6.5-point home favorite and that line has barely shifted, as the Eagles are currently listed at -6. The total for this one has been set at 47.5 points. Click here for a full look at the Week 3 NFL odds and for more links to our game previews.
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Indianapolis looked fantastic in a very impressive 21-9 road victory over the Washington Redskins last Sunday. QB Andrew Luck continued his long road back after missing all of last year due to injury, throwing for 179 yards and two touchdowns. However, Luck did struggle with turnovers as the Redskins D intercepted two of his passes and returned one of them for a touchdown. It didn’t matter in the end though, as Luck engineered an impressive 4th quarter drive to clinch the win for the Colts. Indianapolis will need to be much better on offense against the Eagles though, as they are currently averaging just 22 points per game (20th overall).
The Colts were fantastic on the other side of the ball last weekend, as they didn’t allow Washington to score a single touchdown. Rookie Darius Leonard had another remarkable performance, racking up 18 tackles. Leonard now has a team high 27 tackles in just two games and looks poised to have a stellar rookie campaign. As a whole, Indianapolis is giving up an average of 21.5 points per game to opponents (14th overall).
Philadelphia will welcome back QB Carson Wentz this week, who was finally medically cleared to play after the Eagles lost 27-21 on the road to Tampa Bay last weekend. Wentz will his starting role back from Nick Foles, who filled in admirably during his time as a starter. Wentz was fantastic before tearing his ACL in a game against the Rams last December, compiling a TD to INT ratio of 33:7 over thirteen games. Philadelphia will be without the services of starting RB Jay Ajayi on Sunday after he injured his back in the first half against the Buccaneers. His role in the offense will likely be given to Corey Clement, who should see a ton of work against the Colts with Darren Sproles unavailable as well.
NFL Betting Preview & Game Predictions: Eagles -6
I think this is the week where the Eagles start looking like defending Super Bowl Champions. Yes, Nick Foles was a feel good story and will forever be remembered in Philadelphia after his MVP performance finally led the Eagles to the promised land. However, he clearly struggled to keep that momentum going over the first couple weeks of the season. Wentz is definitely the superior quarterback and it’s now his turn to take over the reigns and jump-start this offense. The Eagles are only averaging 19.5 points per game (25th overall) and this group is simply too talented to be in the bottom third of the NFL, at least statistically speaking.
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As for the Colts, I was really impressed with how well they played in Week 2 on the road in Washington. However, Luck just doesn’t look like the same quarterback he was before dealing with injuries for multiple seasons. He may still get back there, but I don’t think Indianapolis has quite enough firepower on offense to keep pace with Philadelphia in this one. The running game has really struggled, averaging only 89.5 yards per game (24th overall).
Philadelphia is 8-2 ATS over their past ten home games and 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall. On the other hand, Indianapolis is just 1-7 ATS following a straight up win and 1-4 ATS in their last five road games against teams with a winning record.
Wentz and Co. should be able to win this game by at least a touchdown, especially since they are back at home this week. The Eagles didn’t allow Matt Ryan to score a touchdown in Week 1, and I could certainly see that being the case for Andrew Luck this week. The Colts have shown that they can’t run the ball effectively, and that doesn’t seem likely to change this week against the NFL’s #1 ranked rushing defense. I’ll take the Eagles to win this one by at least seven points at home.