COLTS VS. CHIEFS: PREVIEW AT YOUWAGER

Kansas City Chiefs at Indianapolis Colts

Kickoff: Saturday, January 4th, at 4:35PM Eastern

Line: Indianapolis -2.5 Total: 46.5

This Saturday, the Indianapolis Colts host the Kansas City Chiefs for a rematch as the 2013 NFL football wagering season’s playoffs finally get underway. Back in Week 16, online sportsbook bettors saw the Colts polish off the Chiefs to the tune of 23-7. Despite several team injuries, the Colts ended the regular season with three consecutive victories as Andrew Luck demonstrated the kind of skills that made him a leading candidate for the Heisman Trophy as his team conquered the AFC South. The Chiefs won their first 9 games, but lost 5 of their last 7. On the road, quarterback Alex Smith led the Chiefs to a 7-1 record against the spread. Kansas City will have to overcome a sorry history on the playoffs to make any serious progress. At YouWager, the Chiefs are 2.5 underdogs in Saturday’s contest.

The Colts will aim to expand on their 11-3 against the spread record at home on Saturday. Indianapolis has bullied Kansas City in recent football betting seasons with a 12-2 straight up and 11-3 against the spread record, going all the way back to 1990. Since then, Kansas City is 0-7 straight up and against the spread in the playoffs. In 2013, many online sportsbook bettors considered the Chiefs to be solid moneymakers with a 7-1 record, against the spread. A win on Saturday would be the team’s first playoff victory in almost 25 years.

This matchup pits the Indianapolis offense, rated 15th in the league, with a 24.44 point per game average, against the Kansas City defense, rated 6th, at 19.06 points per game. The Colts are averaging 232.81 passing yards per game. On the ground, the Chiefs are ranked 29th against the running game. When they are on the road, Kansas City’s defense gives up 145.75 yards per game on average.

Here are a few trends for NFL football wagering fans to consider, when Kansas City is in Indianapolis: In their last 16 games, the Chiefs are 11-5 straight up, and 2-5 straight up in their last 7. In 5 of Kansas City’s last 6 matchups, the Total has gone OVER. The Total has gone UNDER in 4 of the Colts’ last 5 matchups. In their last 6 games at home, the Colts are 5-1 against the spread. At YouWager, Indianapolis is a 2.5 favorite. The Total is 46.5. Game time on Saturday afternoon is 4:35PM Eastern.

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