Oddsmaker has Colts favored in 9 of first 15 games

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - NOVEMBER 08: Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts throws the ball during the game against the Denver Broncos at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 8, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – We’re not here today to offer additional insight to the Indianapolis Colts and their bid to return to the playoffs.

We’re here for entertainment purposes to spice up what has been a relatively uneventful offseason for the locals. We’re here to address another issue that deals with perception, not reality. The perception aspect is especially true when you consider it’s early June and the Colts’ season opener, at home against Detroit, is Sept. 11.

It’s all about how another oddsmaker – CG Technology, formerly Cantor Gaming – lines up the first 16 weeks of the upcoming season. CG Technology doesn’t include the final week of the season since several teams traditionally have a playoff spot locked up which results in a few resting front-line players.

According to CG Technology, Colts are favored in nine of their first 15 games, including in six of their first eight. The two underdog scenarios: week 2 at Denver (plus-5 points) and week 6 at Houston (plus-1.5 points).

For the sake of comparison, CG Technology has Houston favored in seven games, and Jacksonville and Tennessee in one each. The Jaguars are 4.5-point favorites at home over Tennessee in week 16 while the Titans are 3.5-point favorites at home over Cleveland in week 6.

Several oddsmakers have installed the Colts as slim favorites to win the AFC South after they finished 8-8 and missed the postseason in 2015.

Below you’ll find CG Technology’s week-by-week look at the Colts. A minus figure reflects being the favorite.

Did we mention this is for entertainment purposes only?

  • Week 1: Detroit (-4)
  • Week 2: at Denver (+5)
  • Week 3: San Diego (-5.5)
  • Week 4: Jacksonville in London (-3.5)
  • Week 5: Chicago (-3.5)
  • Week 6: at Houston (+1.5)
  • Week 7: at Tennessee (-3.5)
  • Week 8: Kansas City (-1)
  • Week 9: at Green Bay (+6)
  • Week 10: Bye
  • Week 11: Tennessee (-8)
  • Week 12: Pittsburgh (-1.5)
  • Week 13: at New York Jets (+2)
  • Week 14: Houston (-4)
  • Week 15: at Minnesota (+4)
  • Week 16: at Oakland (+1)

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