• Colts Going to Battle
  • Darnold’s Fresh Start
  • Colts vs Panthers Pick 

After a full slate of NFL action on Saturday, we get a little more on Sunday. In the final game of what is considered Week 2 of the preseason, the Indianapolis Colts square off against the Carolina Panthers.

The quarterback position should be very interesting for both of these teams in 2021, so that makes their preseason a bit more exciting. For Carolina, you have the recently acquired arm of Sam Darnold, looking for a fresh start with a new team.

For Indy, you have no timetable for Carson Wentz’s return, so you have a QB battle for regular season starts. 2020 fourth-round pick Jacob Eason and 2021 sixth-round pick Sam Ehlinger will duke it out for snaps. While Eason is the incumbent, the Colts are going to make him earn it.

The final game of the week kicks off at 1 EST in Lucas Oil Stadium and will be televised on NFL Network. The Colts are favored by 3 heading into Sunday.

Colts Going to Battle

With Philip Rivers deciding to finish his career as a Colt, Jacob Eason was unable to get any time under center in his first season. After Rivers decided to retire, the Colts decided to trade for Carson Wentz.

Wentz has been unable to stay healthy since arriving in the NFL, and that didn’t change when he arrived in Indy. Now the Colts must rely on a second-year player with zero field experience or a rookie who has caught the eye of many during training camp.

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For the Colts to be successful on Sunday and in the 2021 season, one of these two young guns needs to take that next step up. Become the next great quarterback in the NFL.

Whoever starts will be taking over an offense that was top 10 in most statistical categories a season ago. They will have weapons in Jonathan Taylor, Nyheim Hines, Michael Pittman, and TY Hilton. Not a bad offense to start your NFL career with.

The Colts’ defense remains stout heading into the season. A defense that will continue to be led by linebacker, Darius Leonard, for many years to come after his recent contract extension. Leonard led the team with 132 tackles last year. He hasn’t finished with fewer than 121 in his 3-year career.

Fresh Start for Darnold

Sam Darnold will be suited up for his first game as a Carolina Panther on Sunday, but unfortunately, will be wearing a hat on the sidelines. The Panthers don’t plan on playing many, if any, of their starters on Sunday.

Games like this can be hard to predict, but certainly fun to watch and bet on. Without any starters on the field, that just means more battle for positions and roster spots. No one can bring the energy like these youngsters.

The QBs you will see on the field Sunday will be former XFLer PJ Walker and Will Grier. The battle for the number 2 spot on the depth chart could be an important one here. Sam Darnold brings many question marks with him from New York.

We give the edge to Tucker right now, but look for them to bring the energy this week.

Colts vs Panthers Pick

Betting on preseason games is a lot like throwing darts if you aren’t good at darts, but is also an exciting warmup for bettors getting primed for preseason. Try new things, have some fun with it.

DraftKings has the Colts favored by 3 points at -110. The Panthers have the same -110 odds at +3. Indy is at -150 on the moneyline and Carolina is at +130.

The game total is set at 34.5 with +130 odds on the over and -150 on the under.

The most attractive DraftKings odds we could find were on their Moneyline/Total parlay special. You can pair the Colts moneyline with a reduced game total of 33.5 and get +175 odds.

We liked the Colts at -3 and the over at 34.5 anyway, so this is a no-brainer. Lock in the Colts’ ML and over 33.5 and get solid +175 odds at DraftKings.  

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