The Indianapolis Colts are one of the most popular teams in the NFL, but it looks like they’ll be without their star quarterback Thursday night (8:30 PM ET, NBC), when the Pittsburgh Steelers drop in for Thanksgiving. The Colts are 3-point underdogs at press time with Scott Tolzien expected to fill in for Andrew Luck. The 54-point total is the biggest on the Week 12 odds board.
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Luck was placed in concussion protocol after Sunday’s 24-17 win over the Tennessee Titans (+3 away), and isn’t likely to be cleared in time for Turkey Day. Tolzien will presumably make his first start for the Colts (5-5 SU, 5-4-1 ATS) after backing up Aaron Rodgers for three seasons with the Green Bay Packers. The former Wisconsin Badger played three games in November 2013 and was largely ineffective, throwing one touchdown pass and five interceptions.
The Steelers (5-5 SU and ATS) are coming off a 24-9 victory over the Cleveland Browns, who fell as 9.5-point home dogs despite holding Ben Roethlisberger to 167 yards passing. That ugly win snapped Pittsburgh’s four-game losing streak SU and ATS; it also lifted the Steelers into a first-place tie with the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC North.
Steelers versus Colts Matchup