Colts @ Giants: Indy to bounce back with New York win

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Indianapolis are keen to prove that last week’s heavy defeat to Pittsburgh was just a one off and the Colts look set to do just that when they visit the MetLife Stadium for Monday Night Football.

Chuck Pagano’s side showed their defensive frailties when running out 51-34 losers to the Steelers last time out but as the league’s number one passing side a return to winning ways looks the most likely outcome against the Giants.

This is reflected in the betting, with the visitors priced up as the 20/33 favourites for victory and New York billed as 27/10 underdogs.

However, with the price on a Colts success a little on the skinny side here are three of the best bets for this match.

Colts (-3) to beat the Giants @ 20/23

New York are well rested having had a week off and at 7-0 after a bye many could be tempted by the home win.

However, the bookies are rarely wrong when it comes to action in the Big Apple and with New York 2-10 when priced as home underdogs it will pay to back the visitors.

The price is still slim but with the Colts looking set for an easy victory the -3 handicap looks the way to go.

Indianapolis are on a 3-0 run against the Giants – including pre-season meetings – and won those ties by margins ranging from five to 24 points.

With the Colts ranking top in the NFL for points scored, the three point cushion will be easily deflated.

First touchdown type – Passing @ 1/3

With the Colts boasting the best passing offense in the league so far this season this is an easy pick.

However, when you consider that the Giants rank in the bottom third for rushing and passing defence it starts to look like banker material.

Total points – Over 50.5 @ 10/11

Just one of the last three meetings between these two has gone over 50.5 points but this match looks set to level that trend based on current form.

The Colts have gone over in nine of their last 10 on the road and after shipping 54 to the Steelers but averaging 31.3 points per game in attack this should be one high scoring affair for the MNF cameras.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.