Philadelphia Eagles at Indianapolis Colts (-3,
Year 2 of the Chip Kelly regime got off to a shaky start for
the Philadelphia Eagles, who faced an early 17-point deficit
before roaring back with 34 unanswered points in their
season-opening victory over Jacksonville. The Eagles will hope
for a better jump out of the gate when they visit Andrew Luck
and the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday night. The Colts also dug
themselves a big hole in their opener, falling behind by 24
points before a belated rally came up short against Denver.
Philadelphia did earn a spot in the record books in its 34-17
victory, becoming the first team in league history to win by at
least 17 points after being shut out at the half and trailing
by at least 17. “The big thing is that as a team, we stuck
together,” Eagles quarterback Nick Foles said. “My teammates
stuck with me and we never wavered.” Indianapolis allowed three
second-quarter touchdown passes to Peyton Manning before its
defense stepped up in the second half and held the Broncos to
87 total yards.
TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN.
SBGGlobal opened the Colts as 3-point home favorites. The
total opened at 53.5 but is now up to 54.
INJURY REPORT: Eagles – T Matt Tobin (Out
indefinitely, ankle). Colts – LB Jerrell Freeman (Out,
COVERS POWER RANKINGS: Eagles (-0.75) + Colts
(-2.0) + home field (-3.0) = Colts -4.25
WHAT CAPPERS SAY: “Eagles fell down 17-0 to the Jags
before pulling away and now have a tough test at Indianapolis.
Philadelphia now 8-1 L9 regular season games but are 4-10 ATS
L14 games after scoring more than 30 points. Colts jump into
top 10 spots despite loss at Denver. Three of next four games
at home with winnable road game at Jacksonville. Covered seven
straight as Monday favorites of 2 or more and Luck is 10-0 ATS
off a loss.” Covers
Expert Matt Fargo.
ABOUT THE EAGLES (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS, 1-0 O/U):
Now entrenched as the starter after coming off the bench to
throw 27 touchdown passes and two interceptions last season,
Foles had an interception and lost a pair of fumbles in the
first half before regrouping to throw for 183 of his 322 yards
and two TDs after intermission to rally Philadelphia. One big
positive on offense came from wideout Jeremy Maclin, who had
four catches for 97 yards and a score after missing last season
with a knee injury. Newcomer Darren Sproles, signed away from
New Orleans as a free agent, also made a big impact by rushing
for 71 yards and a touchdown. The Eagles’ defense also came up
big by forcing six straight punts to open the second half,
including four consecutive three-and-outs.
ABOUT THE COLTS (0-1, SU, 1-0 ATS, 1-0 O/U
ATS): Luck has already carved out a niche as the
master of the comeback during his short tenure in the NFL and
he nearly pulled off another, rushing for one score and
throwing for a pair of fourth-quarter TDs en route to a
370-yard passing day last week. One unresolved question for
Indianapolis is the impact of running back Trent Richardson, a
non-factor last season who was limited to 20 yards on six
carries after the Colts fell way behind. A bigger issue is
replacing linebacker Robert Mathis, who led the league last
season with 19.5 sacks but suffered a torn Achilles during a
workout in Atlanta. “Tough, tough pill to swallow,” coach Chuck
Pagano said. “Right now they’re still absorbing it, the
enormity and shock of it.”
* Over is 5-0 in the last five meetings.
* Eagles are 0-5 ATS in their last five meetings.
* Colts are 4-0 ATS in their last four home games.
* Over is 6-0 in Eagles last six games in Week 2.
COVERS CONSENSUS: 62 percent of wagers on
Covers Consensus are behind the Colts.