The Indianapolis Colts are the defending AFC champions and opened as a +1600 betting longshot in odds to win 2011 Super Bowl XLV odds as the champions of the AFC South. Indianapolis will open playoff action Saturday night in the wild card round of the post season as they host the New York Jets in NFL odds for a rematch of last year's AFC championship game. The Colts head into Super Bowl predictions having a record of 10-6 straight up and 8-7-1 against the spread with a 10-5-1 mark OVER the total on over/unders this season.
After an alarming 3 game losing streak in which Peyton Manning had one of the biggest slumps of his career, the Colts rallied down the stretch with 4 consecutive straight up wins to end the season while paying out in 2 of those games. The Colts head into Super Bowl odds as longshot having gone an even 4-4 against the spread at home with just 3 of those 8 games going OVER the total. Indianapolis has the disadvantage in 2011 Super Bowl XLV predictions of being a virtual one man team with Manning as their rushing game finished 29th in the NFL and their defense ranked 23rd for points allowed.
The heavy burden that Manning had to carry dropped his QB rating this year to just 91.8 and he had a rather erratic, (for him), 33/17 TD/INT ratio. Reggie Wayne was Manning's top choice with 1,355 yards receiving for 6 TD's and will need to play consistently if Indianapolis has any shot as longshots in odds to win Super Bowl XLV. If the Colts are to advance in the playoffs and make the championship game, it will definitely all come down to Manning. In the past, the playoffs have often proven to be tough for the 4 time NFL MVP as his team is more often than not exposed for the thin squad that they are as longshots in 2011 Super Bowl predictions, leaving Manning to shoulder the blame for their failures.