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In the meantime, let's discuss where smart money is leaning for tonight's Thursday Night Football showdown...
8:15 p.m. ET: Indianapolis Colts (1-2-1) at Denver Broncos (2-2)
Both of these AFC opponents are looking to bounce back from losses. The Colts just fell to the Titans 24-17, losing outright as 4-point home favorites. Meanwhile, the Broncos just lost to the Raiders 32-23, failing to cover as 2.5-point road dogs. The Colts and Broncos are both 1-3 ATS on the season.
This line opened with Denver listed as a 2.5-point home favorite. Respected money laid the points with the Broncos early, steaming Denver up from -2.5 to -3.5. Once the hook was available, we saw some buyback on the Colts +3.5, dropping several shops back down to 3. Essentially, we are seeing two-back action around the key number of 3, with early money taking Denver -2.5 and late money grabbing Colts +3.5. Currently 56% of bets and 70% of money is laying the points with the Broncos at home, signaling a +14% sharp money discrepancy in Denver's favor.
There are conflicting system matches on both sides. On the one hand, dogs are 38-25 ATS (60%) this season. Dogs who missed the playoffs last season, like the Colts here, are 28-14 ATS (67%). Dogs who failed to cover last week are 14-4 ATS (78%). Primetime dogs are 59% ATS since 2019. However, historically we've seen Thursday Night home favorites do well, going 56% ATS over the past decade.
In terms of the total, smart money is leaning on the under. The total opened at 43.5 and has fallen to 42. The under is getting 71% bets and 75% money. Unders are 38-26 (59%) this season. Primetime unders are 9-4 this season and 59% since 2019. Unders that fall at least a half point are 23-15 (61%). Both teams have been profitable to the under, with the Colts 4-0 to the under and the Broncos 3-1 to the under.
There are several key injuries in this one, with the star running backs on both sides, Jonathan Taylor and Javonte Williams, both out due to injury.