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The Colts: Dependable favorites

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By Mike Wilkening

Good teams aren't necessarily good teams to bet on.

The Indianapolis Colts have been an exception this rule in recent seasons.

In the last five years, the Colts are 43-31-2 against the spread when favored, an impressive 58.1 percent success rate. In each of those seasons, a flat bet on Indianapolis every time they played the favorite's role would have yielded a profit. Also impressive: The Colts have been favored by at least 3½ points in 65 of those 76 games — and covered a 54.8 percent clip when laying more than a field goal.

It's another metric that shows how spectacular, and steady, the Colts have been for most of this decade.

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