The Indianapolis Colts aim for a sixth straight victory when they travel to Kansas City for Saturday to face the top-seeded Chiefs in AFC Divisional Playoff action as 5-point underdogs on the NFL odds.
Indianapolis advanced to the second round of the NFL playoffs with a 21-7 upset victory over the Houston Texans on Wild Card Weekend, and has posted wins in 10 of 11 outings ahead of Saturday afternoon’s game at Arrowhead Stadium.
Set as a distant +25000 bet on the Super Bowl odds following a dismal 1-5 straight-up start to the season, the Colts have made steady gains during their current surge. Indianapolis remained near the bottom of the NFL futures as a +3000 wager ahead of its win over the Texans as a 1.5-point underdog, but looks to Saturday’s contest closely trailing the NFL football betting favorites at +1200 on those odds.
The pressure is squarely on the Chiefs, who finished atop the AFC standings with a 12-4 SU record. Kansas City is just 3-3 SU in its past six outings, including a pair of wins over the woeful Oakland Raiders, and has posted against the spread wins in just two of eight outings.
Despite their recent struggles, the Chiefs remain strong +135 favorites to emerge as AFC champions and make their first Super Bowl appearance since 1970. But Kansas City must first overcome historical struggles against the Colts. The Chiefs are just 3-13 SU in their past 16 overall meetings with the Colts, and winless SU and ATS in four previous playoff dates, including a pair of losses as home favorites.
Rams Favored Hosting Cowboys on NFL Odds
Later on Saturday, two teams looking to rewrite dismal long-term playoff narratives will clash, as the Los Angeles Rams host the Dallas Cowboys as 7-point favorites on the NFL betting odds.
The Rams enjoyed a bye on Wild Card Weekend after marching to a 13-3 record to repeat as NFC West champions and claim the No. 2 seed in the NFC. Perched at or near the top of the Super Bowl odds since the beginning of the campaign, Los Angeles has not disappointed. The Rams ranked second in the NFL with 32.9 points per game, and have devastated opposing defenses on home turf, averaging over 37.1 points per game.
Defense has been an issue at times for Los Angeles, which has surrendered 31 or more points in four of its past six home dates. The Rams are also winless in their past two playoff dates on home turf including a 26-13 loss to Atlanta on Wild Card Weekend last season.
With that loss, the Rams are now a dismal 1-4 SU in their last five playoff dates, a run that began with a 20-17 loss to New England in Super Bowl XXXVI, and have also dropped four of five overall to the Cowboys on home turf since December 1986.
The Cowboys are riding high after staging a fourth-quarter comeback on their way to a 24-22 Wild Card Weekend win over Seattle as 2.5-point home chalk. With the win, Dallas improved to 8-1 SU in its past nine games. However, the Cowboys have been held to 17 or fewer points four times while losing seven straight playoff road games since 1993.
*Odds as of January 7, 2019