December 16, 2005 – Having clinched the AFC South title, a first-round bye and home-field advantage – with three regular-season games remaining, no less – the Indianapolis Colts now look to become the first team to go 14-0 since the 1972 Miami Dolphins.
And the San Diego Chargers aim to deny them that distinction.
After defeating the Jacksonville Jaguars 26-18 last weekend, the Colts will square off against the 8-5 Chargers Sunday at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis. The Bodog Sportsbook has the Colts opening as 7.5-point favorites.
Coming off a disappointing home loss to Miami last week, San Diego will need to pull out its offensive arsenal to secure victory and keep alive its AFC West title hopes.
“The stakes are especially high for the football teams this late in the year,” says Calvin Ayre, Founder and CEO of bodoglife.com. “Anything can happen and one crucial mistake could cost a team a run in the playoffs. This is what football is all about.”
In other action Sunday, the white-hot Minnesota Vikings – riding a six-game winning streak – host the Pittsburgh Steelers. At 8-5, the Vikings sit one game behind NFC North-leading Chicago, and will continue to rally behind ageless quarterback Brad Johnson. They’re 3.5-point underdogs against the visiting Steelers.
On Saturday, the NFC South-leading Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-4) pay a visit to Foxboro, Mass., to challenge the AFC East-leading New England Patriots (8-5). Pats quarterback Tom Brady – who, despite struggling with a leg injury, plans to play in his 85 th consecutive contest – will lead his troops against the defensive-minded Bucs as New England looks to clinch its third straight division title.
Also on Saturday, the NFC East-leading New York Giants (9-4) host the Kansas City Chiefs (8-5) in a key non-conference battle. The Chiefs will be working hard to stay alive in the AFC wild-card race. bodoglife.com bookmakers have the Giants opening as 3-point favorites.
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