Minnesota Vikings vs. Indianapolis Colts - 12/18/16 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Minnesota Vikings vs. Indianapolis Colts - 12/18/16 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by USA TODAY Sports

Indianapolis Colts (6-7) at Minnesota Vikings (7-6)

NFL Football: Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 1:00 pm (U.S. Bank Stadium)

The Line: Minnesota Vikings -4 -- Over/Under: 44 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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Up at US Bank Stadium on Sunday, December 18, Week 15 of the NFL will feature an AFC-NFC Clash when the Indianapolis Colts visit the Minnesota Vikings. 

The Colts have had an up-and-down year and enter play here with a 6-7 record. Indianapolis has gone 3-2 in their last five games, with their most recent a 22-17 defeat by the Texans on Sunday. In that game, Colts QB Andrew Luck tossed for 276 yards and two touchdowns but also had two interceptions. 

On the year so far, Luck holds 3381 yards with 25 touchdowns and 10 picks, while Frank Gore leads Indianapolis with 790 rush yards on 208 carries and four touchdowns. T.Y. Hilton is the Colts’ top receiver this year with 78 catches for 1203 yards and six scores. 

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Over on the Vikings’ side, they’re coming into this game with a 7-6 mark on the year. Minnesota has gone 2-2 in their last four games, but did win over Jacksonville in their last appearance 25-16. In that game, Vikings QB Sam Bradford put up 292 yards and a TD through the air. 

On the season thus far, Bradford holds 2954 yards with 14 touchdowns and three picks, while Jerick McKinnon has put up 388 yards and a TD on 129 attempts for the Vikings. Leading Minnesota in receiving this year is Stefon Diggs, with 78 catches for 861 yards and two scores. 

The Colts are 3-0-1 ATS in their last four road games, and 26-9 ATS in their last 35 games following a straight-up loss. Indianapolis is also 23-9-1 ATS in their last 33 games following an ATS loss, and 1-3-1 ATS versus a team with a winning record. 

Meanwhile, the Vikings are 4-0 ATS in their last four games in Week 15, and 8-1 ATS against a team with a losing record. Minnesota is also 21-5 ATS in their last 26 games following an ATS win, and 21-6 ATS in their last 27 home games. 

All things considered, this game is probably one to stay away from given the volatility of both teams. Either could implode at any time, and both have been wildly inconsistent this season. That said, I think the Vikings coming off a win have a slight advantage at home and should be able to eke out a cover.

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Andrew’s Pick Minnesota Vikings -4

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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