Cowboys vs. Colts - 12/21/14 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Indianapolis Colts (10-4) at Dallas Cowboys (10-4)
NFL Football: Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 4:25 pm (AT&T Stadium)
The Line: Dallas Cowboys -3 -- Over/Under: 55 See the Latest Odds
The Dallas Cowboys and the Indianapolis Colts face off on Sunday in Cowboys Stadium in a NFL battle of playoff hopefuls.
The Dallas Cowboys have seized first place in the NFC East after knocking off the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday Night. The Cowboys offense is averaging 27.2 points and 377.7 yards per game and they are led by QB Tony Romo who has completed 69.3 percent of his passes with 28 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Demarco Murray has rushed for 1,687 yards and 11 touchdowns but he is questionable for this one with a broken hand and Dez Bryant leads in receiving with 79 catches and 13 touchdowns. The Cowboys defense is allowing 23.4 points and 359.9 yards per game and they are plus two in turnover ratio. Barry Church has 86 tackles, Rolando McClain has 77 tackles, and J.J. Wilcox has 67 tackles. The Cowboys have folded late the past several seasons and they look to avoid a similar fate this season.
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The Indianapolis Colts have clinched the AFC South and a home playoff game but they still have a chance for a bye and home field advantage but they need to win out and they need help. The Colts offense is averaging 30.3 points and 421.4 yards per game which both rank third in the NFL and they are led by QB Andrew Luck who has completed 61.4 percent of his passes with 38 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Tent Richardson has rushed for 507 yards and Ahmad Bradshaw has rushed for 425 yards and T.Y. Hilton is the Colts leading receiver with 82 catches and seven touchdowns and Reggie Wayne has 59 catches. The Colts defense allows 22.6 points and 351 yards per game but they are minus four in turnover ratio. D’Qwell Jackson has 120 tackles, Jerrell Freeman has 89 tackles, and Mike Adams has 74 tackles. The Colts have played a tough schedule but they have come up short against several of he better teams.
Dallas is 1-4 against the spread in their last five home games, 1-4 against the spread after scoring more than 30 points in their previous game, and 4-0 against the spread in their last four games after gaining more than 350 yards. Indianapolis is 15-5-1 against the spread following a game that they covered the spread, 8-3-1 against the spread in their last 12 games, and 0-3-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record.
There should be plenty of points in this one with two BIG offenses and two weaker defenses so my pick here is a strong one on the over.