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Colts look to bounce back against Panthers: Game preview, odds, and predictions

The Indianapolis Colts are set to face the Carolina Panthers in a crucial Week 9 matchup. Can the Colts break their losing streak? Find out in our game preview and predictions.

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The Indianapolis Colts are heading into Week 9 with a lot on the line as they prepare to take on the Carolina Panthers. After a disappointing three-game losing streak, they’ll look to regain their momentum and secure a much-needed win. Conversely, the Panthers are riding high from their first victory and are eager to build on that success.

Key Players to Watch:

Jonathan Taylor: The Colts’ running back has been a force to be reckoned with this season, and he’s expected to have a big game against the Panthers. With an over/under of 66.5 rushing yards, Taylor has a favorable matchup against a Panthers defense that has struggled against the run, allowing the eighth-most rushing yards per game. Taylor’s ability to exploit this weakness could be a game-changer for the Colts.

Zack Moss: The Colts have shown their commitment to Moss in the running game, sharing carries with Jonathan Taylor. Moss has also been productive, scoring four touchdowns in the last four games. He presents a valuable option, especially in goal-line situations.

Betting Odds:

DraftKings Sportsbook currently favors the Colts at -2. The money line shows the Colts as favorites at -135, with the Panthers as underdogs at +114. The over-under is set at 44 points, suggesting that the game could see a fair amount of scoring.


The Colts are in a favorable position to break their losing streak, and many analysts predict they’ll come out on top in this matchup. The Panthers’ recent win was hard-fought, and their offense hasn’t been particularly potent this season. With the Colts’ ability to score consistently, it’s reasonable to expect them to outperform the Panthers.

Our prediction for this game is a final score of Colts 27, Panthers 24. While the Colts may not dominate, they should have enough firepower to secure the win, especially with Jonathan Taylor leading the way.

Bets We Like:

  • The over on points scored.
  • Colts to cover the 2-point spread.
  • Jonathan Taylor over 66.5 rushing yards.
  • Bryce Young over 229.5 passing yards.
  • Michael Pittman Jr. with over 5.5 receptions.
  • Samson Ebukam over .25 sacks.

In Summary:

The Indianapolis Colts are heading into their matchup against the Carolina Panthers with a sense of urgency. The game presents an opportunity for them to break their losing streak and get back on track. Key players like Jonathan Taylor and Zack Moss will play pivotal roles, and the favorable betting odds suggest that the Colts have a good chance of coming out on top.

Colts fans are hoping for a much-needed victory on the road. Will the Colts rise to the occasion and secure the win, or will the Panthers build momentum? Only time will tell.