Through two weeks of the 2022 NFL season, the Kansas City Chiefs and Indianapolis Colts have had two completely different starts. While Kansas City has won two straight to open up their season, the Colts have failed to get into the win column thus far. In our NFL betting predictions for Week 3, we look at Chiefs vs Colts, as the Colts look for their first win with their new quarterback, and the Chiefs look to prevent them from getting there.
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Chiefs vs Colts Betting Pick
Kansas City Chiefs
Team Advanced Defense
|Benton Whitley||OLB||Gameday Inactive||Out||09/25/22|
|Darian Kinnard||OT||Gameday Inactive||Out||09/25/22|
|Joshua Kaindoh||DE||Gameday Inactive||Out||09/25/22|
|Ronald Jones||RB||Gameday Inactive||Out||09/25/22|
|Shane Buechele||QB||Gameday Inactive||Out||09/25/22|
|Orlando Brown Jr.||OT||Probable||09/22/22|
|Andrew Ogletree||TE||Knee (acl)||Out||09/25/22|
|Dallis Flowers||CB||Gameday Inactive||Out||09/25/22|
|Dezmon Patmon||WR||Gameday Inactive||Out||09/25/22|
|Luke Tenuta||OT||Gameday Inactive||Out||09/25/22|
|Sam Ehlinger||QB||Gameday Inactive||Out||09/25/22|
|Michael Pittman Jr.||WR||Quad||Questionable||09/23/22|
|24||Avg Opp Score||23.33|
|26.33||Avg Opp Score||26|
|25.8||Avg Opp Score||21.8|
|24.2||Avg Opp Score||25|
|23.4||Avg Opp Score||19.6|
|25.8||Avg Opp Score||23.1|
Head to Head
Teams Last 10
This game will be played at Lucas Oil Stadium at 1:00 PM ET on Sunday, September 25, 2022.
Why Bet The Colts:
✅ This is a contrarian play if there ever was one, taking the home underdog at a key number over an undefeated Chiefs team. After failing to win against the Texans and Jaguars, Indianapolis might be the most unattractive play on the board this week. But in NFL betting, you have to be comfortable making bets that are uncomfortable, and that is what we are going to do here.
✅ Bettors should keep in mind that this is the first home game for the Colts during the Matt Ryan era. The crowd in Indianapolis shouldn’t be in a frenzy or anything, as Matt Ryan is far from a thrilling acquisition at quarterback. But when looking at the record of Indianapolis both straight up and against the spread, it is worth remembering that they just played two division road games as favorites.
✅ The Colts should have Michael Pittman back this week after he was out for last week’s loss to the Jaguars. The return of Pittman will help Matt Ryan in the passing game after a disastrous outing in which the Colts were shut out in Duval County. Expect a big game from the Colts offensively to make up for what was one of the worst performances you will see all season in Week 2.
Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs won on Thursday Night Football in Week 2 of the NFL season, holding onto beat the Los Angeles Chargers at home. Patrick Mahomes continued his brilliant start to the season in that contest, with the Chiefs quarterback moving to seven touchdowns and zero interceptions through the air following that victory over Justin Herbert and Los Angeles. This week, the Chiefs are back on the road to face a Colts team that is desperate to get into the win column for the first time this year.
For the Chiefs, the key to this Chiefs vs Colts game is going to be stopping the run. This will be the first team that the Chiefs play this season whose top offensive priority is running the football. If Kansas City can slow down Jonathan Taylor and put the Colts into obvious passing situations, that would be huge for the defense of Andy Reid’s team.
In two weeks, the Indianapolis Colts have played two AFC South opponents, and failed to beat either of them on the road. Frank Reich’s team tied the Houston Texans to open the season, and were shut out by the Jaguars in Week 2. Now, the Colts look to avoid a three-week winless streak to open the season as they take on the 2-0 Chiefs.
Defense and running the ball will be the phases of the game that determine how things go for the Colts in Week 3. Right now, the objective has to be to make things as easy as possible for Matt Ryan offensively, which means a heavy dose of Jonathan Taylor to bring defenders to the line. If the Colts can do that successfully, Ryan could pick on a defensive backfield that is far from one of the best in the league in his debut at home for the Colts.