Chicago at Indianapolis
Sunday, 10 am PT - FOX
CRIS Opener: Indianapolis -4 O/U 47.5
CRIS Current: Indianapolis -4.5 O/U 48
It's a clash between a pair of 1-3 clubs trying to turn their respective seasons around the Indianapolis Colts play host to the Chicago Bears on Sunday. The Bears picked up their first win of the campaign last week with a 17-13 victory over Detroit. Rookie running back Jordan Howard picked up 111 rushing yards and quarterback Brian Hoyer threw for 302 yards and a touchdown to give Chicago just it's second home win in the last two seasons. The Bears defense did a strong job of keeping the Lions up-tempo offense in check, yielding just 293 total yards and forcing two interceptions.
The Colts make the long 4,000-mile journey home from London after losing to division foe and previously winless Jacksonville, 30-27. The Jags outgained the Colts 5.1-3.9 ypp. And once again, Indy's offensive line was a key factor as Andrew Luck was sacked six times and the run game could only manage 94 yards on 25 carries (3.8 ypc). It extremely difficult to win and cover pointspreads in the NFL with a bad defense and bad offensive line. That’s exactly what has plagued Indianapolis as it has allowed a league-worst 16 sacks and 31.3 ppg (30th).
This is the first time in the history of the NFL International Series that a team is playing a game following a trip to the UK. Indianapolis requested this in order to have a later bye week. With all of Indianapolis’ struggles and the potential for a flat effort off a long trip (and bad loss), I see plenty of reasons to grab over a field goal with the road side.