Commanders vs Colts odds and prediction for Week 7 matchup
By Jerry Trotta
Washington Commanders fans circled the team’s Week 8 matchup against the Indianapolis Colts as soon as the schedule was released.
How could they not? Carson Wentz going up against the team that traded him and owner who continuously threw him under the bus for the team’s humiliating collapse at the stadium he called home for a season is box-office stuff.
Add in the fact that Wentz would be facing his former teammates — who universally respected him — and the QB the Colts hand-picked to replace him and you can’t help but question how this game wasn’t scheduled for primetime.
Perhaps NFL schedule-makers can see the future, because the matchup has lost a huge chunk of its rivalry appeal the last couple weeks. Not only is Wentz on injured reserve following finger surgery, but the Colts have benched Matt Ryan for the rest of the season and appointed Sam Ehlinger as their starter.
The earth-shattering move surely bodes well for the Commanders chances to win their third straight game. Might Washington be a home favorite for the first time all season? Let’s check out the updated odds for Sunday’s game.
Commanders vs Colts odds for Week 8
According to FanDuel’s early odds, the Colts are -3 favorites. Home field usually amounts to three points in Vegas so this spread doesn’t say much about oddsmakers’ confidence in Indy. In any event, the Colts have -105 odds to cover the line and are -138 on the moneyline. The Commanders are -115 to cover the spread and are +118 to win outright on the moneyline.
The over/under checks in at 40.5 points, which is to be expected with two backup quarterbacks running the show. You can get the over at -105 odds, while the under sits at -115 to start the week. Any takers?
Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.
Commanders vs Colts prediction for Week 8
In theory, a backup QB replacing a benched starter should bode well for the opposition. While Ehlinger is inexperienced as a second-year player, it’s not farfetched to think he could install a spark in Indy’s passing game.
Like Heinicke, Ehlinger’s scrambling ability could be just what Indianapolis needs with their expensive offensive line not performing up to its potential and it’s we’re led to believe the Colts will rally behind the young QB, who’s praised for his leadership.
Having said that, we’re talking about a quarterback who hasn’t attempted a regular season pass in his career. That bodes extremely well for a Commanders defense that just limited future first-ballot Hall of Famer Aaron Rodgers to less than 200 passing yards and 5.5 yards per attempt.
On defense, the Colts are vulnerable against the run, so look for Washington to once again lean heavily on Brian Robinson and Antonio Gibson.
This matchup has all the makings of a Commanders win. That normally leads to disappointment in the NFL but we like Washington defeat a depleted (and tanking) Colts team and get back to .500 for the season.
Commanders 23, Colts 17.