Week 13 has intrigue, classic rivalry and above all, much betting value. For the second consecutive year, the Colts and Jets will play on Monday Night Football, this time will also be the final primetime game of 2016 for the Colts in a road contest.
The intrigue around this December matchup won’t be too immense, with the Jets all but eliminated from playoff consideration.
At 3-8, the Jets have not lived up to the playoff talk for Todd Bowles’ second season as head coach. After splitting their first two games of 2016, the Jets dropped their next four, all by at least 10 points.
Back-to-back wins closed out the month of October for the Jets, before losing three in a row coming into Week 13. Veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has been inconsistent, leading to talk of if the Jets should turn the page to a young quarterback with playoff chances pretty much gone.
The Jets will stick with Fitzpatrick this week, marking Monday night his ninth career start against the Colts. Fitzpatrick has started against Indy in each of the last four seasons, including a Week Two victory in Indy last season.
The passing game for the Jets has struggled this season. Protecting the football has also been an issue. New York’s 22 giveaways are the second most in the NFL.
Playing in the NFL’s worst division, Indianapolis is just one game behind the first-place Houston Texans. They trail the second-place Tennessee Titans, whom they’ve already beaten twice, by a half-game. Indianapolis has made the playoffs in three of Andrew Luck’s first four seasons, and the quarterback gives them a good chance to make it back to the postseason.
Luck missed the team’s last game with a concussion, and his absence was glaring in a 28-7 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thanksgiving night. Backup quarterback Scott Tolzien had a 62.8 passer rating with two interceptions and the Colts scored in single digits for the first time this year. After 10 days in between games, Luck will return in Week 13, and he should be able to propel Indianapolis to a road victory.
The quarterback has led the way in two recent impressive road wins for the Colts. He threw for 353 yards and three scores in a key divisional win in Tennessee, followed by a victory at Lambeau Field two weeks later. Now the Colts visit New York as two-point favorites, facing a Jets team that has nothing to play for.
New York might be able to move the ball and push the score’s final total past the over/under of 48.5, but it will be difficult for them to pull off the upset against a team that could be headed for the playoffs. See it all while taking part in the action, betting on Monday night football week 13, sign up at Heritagesports.eu