The Minnesota Vikings will limp into Indianapolis after a very tough loss against the Green Bay Packers against a hungry team that was embarrassed in Week 1. The Vikings defense got exposed by Aaron Rodgers, as he went for four TDs against their depleted secondary.
Indianapolis absorbed its first loss of the season on Sunday, as they lost to the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars 27-20. Phillip Rivers was forced into throwing the football 46 times and, if you have followed his career, you know that is seldom a recipe for success.
Vikings Colts point spread: Colts -3, Total 48.5 – line as of Friday at BetRivers Sportsbook
Why Indianapolis will cover the spread
Even though the Colts lost to the Jaguars, there were positives to take from the game. Rivers looked like he can command the offense, and rookie running back Jonathan Taylor looked like the real deal. With Marlon Mack going down for the season, they will be relying heavily on Taylor.
Minnesota is severely banged up, especially in the secondary. Without their star defensive end Danielle Hunter, the Vikings could not get pressure on Rodgers at all last week. They were unable to sack him once, which bodes well for an Indy team that has one of the better offensive lines in the NFL.
Head Coach Frank Reich should be able to scheme up a solid game plan against them, and I’m expecting a big bounce-back game from the offense as a whole. The Vikings also have struggled mightily in Indy, where they have lost six in a row.