NFL: Running opportunities for the Colts…

 

The NFL season is now getting down to the serious business, the knock out post season playoffs.

Tonight’s first game, the AFC divisional playoff clash, sees the Kansas City Chiefs host the Indianapolis Colts. The Chiefs start as a five point favourite and are lead by the season’s star quarterback, Patrick Mahomes.

Favourite to be voted MVP, Mahomes has cut most teams to ribbons, throwing for 50 TDs during the regular season. However, snow is predicted for game time and this will make it more difficult to throw the ball.

On the other side of the ball are the Colts. They put together an impressive run to make the playoffs and then went away from home to beat Houston last week. Quarterback Andrew Luck has been on form, but they have a strong offensive line and run the ball well. This will be useful if the weather does deteriorate.

The Chiefs are the favourites and rightly so, but the talk of bad weather makes us lean towards the Colts (receiving five), while taking Colts running back Marlon Mack to score at least two touchdowns.

The late game sees the Los Angeles Rams host the Dallas Cowboys. The Rams have been very impressive the season, winning 13 of the 16 regular season games, and start this game as more than a touchdown favourites.

The Cowboys, on the other hand, have had an indifferent season – strong at home but pretty pathetic away. They now have to travel to face one of the season’s top teams, and we think they will come up well short. We take the Rams to cover the spread.

Additionally, we’ll take the Rams all action running back Todd Gurley to score the game’s first touchdown. He scored 17 times during the regular season and is deservedly heading to the Pro Bowl.

Recommendations:

Chiefs/Colts: Mack to score a brace of touchdowns, 1 pt, at 4/1, Paddy Power

Rams/Cowboys: Gurley to score the first touchdown, 1 pt, at 9/2, William Hill

Colts and Rams to beat spreads as a double, 1 pt, at approximately 5/2, widely available

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