The NFL will wrap up Week 6 Sunday action with a rematch of last year's AFC Championship Game...also known as The Deflategate Game. The Indianapolis Colts host the New England Patriots on Sunday Night Football, with the Patriots installed as eight-point favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
This marks the first time since 1986 that the Patriots have been at least a touchdown favorite at Indianapolis according to the OddsShark NFL Database. The moneyline has the Patriots between -370 and -450, and the Colts between +310 and +330.
The big injury news surrounds Colts quarterback Andrew Luck; his right shoulder injury has cost him two straight games. Luck practiced on Wednesday but was listed as limited, and local beat writers are skeptical about his status for Sunday. The Colts released third-string quarterback Josh Johnson on Monday, but could still re-sign him by Saturday. If Luck cannot play, Matt Hasselbeck would get the start.
The Patriots suffered a big loss this week, placing left tackle Nate Solder on injured reserve. Marcus Cannon will start in his place against the Colts. That is the only significant injury on the Patriots' injury report.
New England has dominated this rivalry series. They are 4-1 against the spread in the last five matchups, and 17-2-1 against the spread in the last 20 games at Indianapolis. The Patriots are 4-0 straight up and 3-0-1 against the spread this season.
After a pair of single-digit wins to start the season the Patriots have won their last two games by a combined 58 points. They are 5-0 straight up and 4-1 against the spread in their last five road games.
The Colts are 3-2 straight up this season but only 1-4 against the spread. They have won three straight games, and last week marked their first cover of the season. Dating back to last season they are 5-1 SU in their last six home games. The Colts are 9-0 straight up and against the spread in their last nine games as a home underdog.
The total is set at 55 points for the Patriots vs. Colts betting matchup on Sunday night. The total has gone OVER in six of the last seven games between these two teams, and in six of the last eight between them in Indianapolis. The total has gone UNDER in four of the Patriots' last six road games, and in five of the Colts' last six home games.