It will be a David vs. Goliath-like battle when the Final 2 from the American Football Conference battle for the Lamar Hunt Trophy on Sunday.
The Indianapolis Colts, who are “supposed to be in the AFC title game”, will host the New York Jets, who “weren’t even supposed to make the playoffs”. On top of that, it will see the tried, tested and true QB Peyton Manning dueling with the rookie signal-caller Mark Sanchez.
Online Betting sportsbooks opened Indy as a 7.5 point favorite, which quickly went to -8. The total is set at 40.5.
Will an inexperienced pivot represent the AFC in the Super Bowl or will a sure-fire Hall of Famer, and possibly the greatest QB of all time, carry the banner?
Indy is 6-2 ATS in their last eight games (remember they didn’t care about the last couple of games on their schedule).
Note that in their most recent eight games vs. teams from the AFC East, the result has been 6 Overs and 2 Unders.
However, bettors who played the Colts haven’t seen much of a payout in Indy’s last 10 games against the Jets, going 3-6-1 ATS.
You don’t have to look too far back to their last meeting.
New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts 2010 AFC Championship Odds @ Online Betting
It was a controversial game a few weeks ago that resulted in a road win for the Jets, as they handed Indianapolis its first loss of the regular season (by a final of 29-15) but many of the Colts starters were on the bench in the second half of the game.
The Jets covered as 4-point road ‘dogs and the Total went Over 41.
In their last nine home games in January, the Colts have been a solid 6-3 ATS.
The Jets have been road warriors in their last 10 away from the Big Apple as they are 7-3 ATS and are currently on a five-game ATS win streak in that situation.
In the green and white's last eight games overall, they are a red-hot 7-1 ATS, including going 2-0 ATS so far in these NFL playoffs.
In the Jets’ last eight games when listed as underdogs of 8-points or less, they are 7-1 ATS.
Will Peyton Manning go for the second Super Bowl of his career or will Mark Sanchez cap his rookie season with a Super Bowl appearance?
We'll see this weekend.