Tom Brady put a stop to all that Patriots-are-done talk, sparking an offensive performance that left the Dolphins reeling. The Pats hadn’t lost three in a row in a long time and Brady wasn’t about to let that happen. The Pats also sent notice to the rest of the AFC that the defending conference champions are still alive and kicking. Behind a solid game from Brady and a defense that turned everything around after two straight double-digit losses, the Pats covered the 6.5-point spread in their win over Miami and they are 2-0 ATS at home this season leading into Thursday night’s game against the Indianapolis Colts.
Watch this Week 5 regular season matchup live on Thursday, October 4, 2018, at 8:20 p.m. ET at Gillette Stadium.
NFL Opening Odds at BookMaker.eu
Indianapolis Colts +10
New England Patriots -10
It’s too early to fade New England and Brady made losers out of those who jumped off the bandwagon following a pair of losses where the Pats failed to cover the spread. Not only were the Pats losers on the NFL betting line the previous two weeks, they also got beaten outright severely by Jacksonville and Detroit, falling by double-digits in each contest. Losses happen to the best teams, just like we see illegal blocking penalties on nearly every kickoff or punt return. Heck, there hasn’t been a perfect season since the 1970s and only one undefeated regular season since then.
New England was consistently good on both sides of the football against the Dolphins, getting 274 passing yards and three touchdowns from Brady while rookie Sony Michel ran for 112 yards and a touchdown. The Pats also benefitted from having Josh Gordon in the lineup for the first time since his acquisition. Gordon had only two catches for 32 yards, but his presence gave the offense a dynamic it had been missing.
Further aiding Brady and the offense moving forward is the return of Julian Edelman from his suspension. Brady’s go-to receiver is eligible to play in Week 5 and the Pats should be much stronger on that side of the football. New England opened as a 10-point favorite on the NFL betting lines at BookMaker.eu.
The Colts are 1-3 straight up and 2-2 against the NFL betting line after last week’s overtime loss to Houston as a 1-point dog. They do have Andrew Luck and he’s been able to keep the Colts close with their last two losses coming by a combined seven points. And one thing that will make this contest interesting is the coaching of Indy’s Frank Reich, who has proven to be a risk-taker. His decision to go for it on fourth down in late in overtime backfired against the Texans, but as the coach said afterward, he’s not playing for a tie.
However, it’s tough to see the Colts hanging around in this one. They could be without leading receiver T.Y. Hilton after he was hurt on Sunday, and going on the road after a tough overtime loss on a short week stacks the deck against the visitors. Brady and the Pats will go for the jugular against a vulnerable Colts team and that makes wagering on the in-game and final point spread at BookMaker.eu a wise move.
The Colts haven’t been able to run the ball this season with an average of only 72 yards per game through the first four weeks. They totaled just 41 yards on 17 attempts against Houston, leaving the heavy-lifting to Luck, who threw 62 passes. He completed 40 of his attempts for 464 yards and four touchdowns, so leaning on a pass-heavy attack is something Indy will have to do and a prop bet at BookMaker.eu on Lucks passing yards should be worth an investment.
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This is a tough spot for the Colts after losing an overtime heartbreaker and having to travel to New England on a short week. The Pats looked like the defending AFC champs and Brady, despite his two interceptions, was efficient running the balanced attack. With New England controlling the football and the Colts having a tough time getting started, the first half under on the in-game betting line at BookMaker.eu looks like a good play.
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