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NFL Thursday Night Football predictions & betting tips: Best bets for Denver Broncos at Indianapolis Colts

Leigh Copson 12 Dec 2017
  • Get free betting tips & predictions for NFL Week 15
  • The 4-9 Denver Broncos visit the 3-10 Indianapolis Colts on Thursday night

NFL Thursday Night Football predictions for Week 15 of the 2017 NFL season. Will the Denver Broncos record back-to-back wins for only the second time this season or can the Indianapolis Colts win for only the fourth time in 2017? Read on for all of our free predictions and betting tips.

Denver Broncos at Indianapolis Colts Predictions

Denver Broncos at Indianapolis Colts Betting Tips Explained

Week 15 starts in underwhelming fashion as two struggling franchises, the Denver Broncos and the Indianapolis Colts, go head-to-head at Lucas Oil Stadium. Can the Broncos win back-to-back games for first time since the opening couple of weeks of the season or will the Colts bring an end to their four-game losing run? Here are our best bets to place for this Thursday Night Football showdown…

2017 has been a year to forget for Denver. The Broncos made a promising start as they won three of their first four games, but the wheels came off in spectacular fashion after the bye week and the shock Week 6 defeat to the New York Giants proved to be the start of an eight-game losing streak that saw them plummet out of post-season contention and put first-year head coach Vance Joseph firmly on the hot seat.

In Joseph’s defence he has not been helped by the miserable quarterback situation at Mile High, which has seen Trevor Siemian, Brock Osweiler and Paxton Lynch all take a turn at leading the offense, and reports claim that could be what saves his job at the end of the season, with reports claiming general manager John Elway is sympathetic to what his coach has been forced to work with when it comes to signal-callers.

A few wins between now and the end of the season would help Elway justify keeping Joseph on into 2018 – and they will go into this Thursday Night Football clash with the Colts in upbeat mood after a much-needed shutout win over the New York Jets at the weekend. While hardly an elite team, the Jets have caused problems for some top teams this season, but they were swept aside as Denver recorded their first shutout win in over 12 years. But can they follow that up in Indianapolis?

As bad as Denver’s season has been, the Colts’ has been worse. They stand at 3-10 after the overtime defeat in snow-covered Buffalo at the weekend, and they have now lost their last four games and seven of the last eight. The absence of starting quarterback Andrew Luck due to injury has been a hammer-blow to their chances of a positive season – he has not suited up in 2017 and will not return until next year – while they have not been helped by a truly awful defense that ranks as one of the worst in the league.

Denver have hardly been fantastic on offense, but they should enjoy some success against a unit that ranks 30th against the run in yards per game and total yards given up, and 31st in points given up on the ground. That makes them an ideal unit for Denver to face because they will not have to rely on the arm of Trevor Siemian to get the job done on offense. The combination of running backs CJ Anderson and Devontae Brown should enjoy a productive day and that, along with a strong showing from the number one defense against one of the worst offenses in the league, should result in the Broncos winning a low-scoring affair.

Denver Broncos at Indianapolis Colts Predictions

Previous NFL Thursday Night Football Tips

Previous NFL Thursday Night Football Tips (winners in bold)

(10pt STAKE)
Week 1Patriots by 1-13 pts @ EVSBrandin Cooks Anytime TD @ 5/4U20
Week 2Houston Texans to win @ 2/1Under 38 Total Points @ EVS+5
Week 3LA Rams win @ 3/4SF -17 Points @ 9/5U3
Week 4Packers -8.5 win @ 21/20Jordy Nelson Anytime TD @ 5/6+52
Week 5Buccaneers win @ 21/10DeSean Jackson Anytime TD @ 7/4U20
Week 6Panthers winDevin Funchess Anytime TD @ 11/8U20
Week 7Chiefs -4.5 win @ 11/8Kareem Hunt Anytime TD @ 7/5U20
Week 8Dolphins win @ 13/10Jay Ajayi Anytime TD @ 7/5U20
Week 9Bills -6.5 win @ 6/4LeSean McCoy Anytime TD @ 4/7U20
Week 10Seahawks -6.5 win @ EVSJimmy Graham Anytime TD @ 7/4+1
Week 11Steelers by 1-13 pts @ 7/5JuJu Smith-Schuster Anytime TD @ 11/10U20
Week 12Vikings win @ 4/6Chargers -2.5 win @ EVS+33
Redskins -9.5 win @ 11/10
Week 13 Redskins win @ EVSUnder 44 Total Points @ 10/11U20
Week 14Saints -3.5 win @ 5/4Alvin Kamara Anytime TD @ 4/5U20
Week 15Broncos -1.5 & -42.5 Total Points @ 23/10Colts score under 21 points @ 8/11+52

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