The Indianapolis Colts could post a record-setting 22nd consecutive regular-season victory on Sunday and clinch the AFC’s top seed if they can get past the visiting Denver Broncos.
Denver was one of the biggest surprises in the NFL earlier this season after opening with six consecutive wins. However, reality has now set in and the Colorado franchise sits second in the AFC West behind the resurgent San Diego Chargers with a tally of eight wins to four losses.
Despite coming off back-to-back wins against the Kansas City Chiefs and New York Giants, Denver goes into this weekend's matchup as the underdog with ExtraBet.com offering odds of 23/10 on a Broncos win.
Denver currently holds one of the two AFC wild-card spots alongside Jacksonville and is two games better off than its closest rivals. However, odds-makers are not impressed with 888Sport.com, BlueSq.com, ToteSport.com and BetFred.com listing the Broncos at odds of 12/5 to triumph on Sunday.
A loss for Denver would not knock the franchise out of the post-season picture as only one of its remaining three opponents has a winning record. Bettors can get odds of 5/2 from Bet365.com, VictorChandler.com and WilliamHill.com on a Broncos win this weekend while BetFair.com and BetDaq.com show 63/25.
The odds do not get any better from here for Denver fans with Expekt.com showing 38/15 on an away win followed by Coral.co.uk with 23/9 and WBX.com offering 257/100.
At the far end of the spectrum, SkyBet.com, Ladbrokes.com and PaddyPower.com have Denver at odds of 13/5 to win while StanJames.com shows 11/4.
For its part, Indianapolis has been lucky as well as good this season and is listed by VictorChandler.com and StanJames.com at odds of 2/7 to win on Sunday. After needing fourth-quarter comebacks in each of its previous five games, the Colts scored 24 first-half points last week to coast to a 27 points to 17 win over the lowly Tennessee Titans.
ExtraBet.com, SkyBet.com, PaddyPower.com, BlueSq.com, Expekt.com and 888Sport.com have the Colts at odds of 3/10 to win against Denver, a result that would earn Indianapolis home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
Slightly longer, Ladbrokes.com and Coral.co.uk show the Colts at odds of 5/16 to win while Bet365.com and BetDaq.com are going with 10/31. ToteSport.com, BetFred.com and WilliamHill.com are not giving Denver any hope and have the Colts at odds of 1/3 to win while it's even worse at Betfair.com and WBX.com with 17/50.