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Playoffs: San Diego Chargers vs. Indianapolis Colts point spread and odds

The preview of the Sunday NFL playoff game San Diego Chargers vs. Indianapolis Colts, including the point spread and betting odds on the divisional game.

Playoffs: San Diego Chargers vs. Indianapolis Colts point spread and odds Sunday will bring another exciting edition of the NFL divisional playoffs and we will start the preview with the betting odds and point spread on the AFC matchup between the San Diego Chargers (11-5) and the Indianapolis Colts (13-3). Even well into the week, the odds and spread on the NFL playoff games offer a great opportunity for those who bet on the wild card playoff entrants. At the online sportsbook Bodog Sports (official website), the point spread on the San Diego Chargers vs. Indianapolis Colts is currently sitting at -9 points chalk the Colts with the total expected at 49.5 points. The Colts remain big odds-favorite as well, the betting odds on the Indianapolis Colts to win the playoff game on Sunday are posted as -425 and the odds on the San Diego Chargers are listed at the underdog +355. Keep in mind that live betting on the NFL playoffs will be offered during the games at Bodog, great way to correct a mistake this weekend.

 The big point spread and odds on this playoff game come as a surprise to many, especially when the Chargers and the Colts have already met this season, on November 11th, and San Diego won the game, beating Indianapolis 23-21 on the road. Both teams will enter healthy the AFC playoffs, the Chargers could play without tight end Antonio Gates, who missed Wednesday practice with toe injury and the Colts may play without cornerback T.J. Rushing, who also missed the Wednesday team practice, due to undisclosed illness. Other than the two players mentioned, no other injuries have been reported so far.

 The San Diego Chargers still have problems with their overall offense and defense stats, allowing 320.3 yards (14th in NFL) and going for only 315.3 yards per game, which ranks them at the undesirable 20th spot in the league. But where it counts, namely the point scored and allowed, the Chargers are a worthy adversary of the Colts. San Diego allows only 17.8 points per game and scores on average 25.8 points per game, which ranks them 5th in the league in both. Still, they will have to meet the absolute AFC stats leader. The Indianapolis Colts post 28.1 points per game (1st in the AFC and 3rd overall) and allow only 16.4 points per game - the best defensive team in the NFL in points allowed, beating the Pats defense heads on. With no injuries and well rested, the Colts are the bettors favorite to win, but covering the -9 point spread remains questionable.

 Looking at the betting trends before the playoffs, the San Diego Chargers are perfect 5-0 against the spread in their last 5 games and Indianapolis is 7-3 against the spread in its last 10 games at home. The Chargers also beat the Colts in covering the spread head-to-head, San Diego is 10-3 against the spread in its last 13 games when playing Indianapolis. And finally for those who bet the total, the total has gone OVER in 6 of Indianapolis's last 9 games when playing San Diego. The Chargers - Colts game starts at 1:00pm EST on Sunday, January 13th and will be broadcasted live on CBS.

 Published on 01/10/2008

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