Indianapolis and New England are no strangers in the NFL playoffs, but Saturday marks the first chance for the Patriots to see Andrew Luck in the playoffs. Odds-makers don't have much faith in the second-year quarterback's chances at Gillette Stadium, with the Colts shaping up to be heavy underdogs.
Luck was extremely impressive in overcoming adversity in the wild card round. Much of those problems were of his own making, but nevertheless he showed an ability to forget a bad first half and fight back with an impressive series of scores to top the Chiefs.
Adversity, grit and determination are all fun buzz words, but mean nothing to the betting community. Las Vegas is favoring the Patriots by seven points with some outlets offering as much as 7.5 points, according to OddsShark.
New England is unbeaten at home this season, winning by an average of 9.75 points -- prompting a lot of confidence in Tom Brady's ability to show his veteran edge and lead the Patriots to another victory. There is a lot to question about this team, particularly with an offense missing many of its weapons, but coaching is a vital element too and there's little doubt Bill Belichick is at his best in the playoffs.
Two high-powered offenses unsurprisingly pegs this game to be a high-powered affair. The over/under is set at 53 points, with the most bettors picking the over. Given these team's penchant for scoring and allowing a lot of points it's clear to see why this is the case.