New York Giants at Indianapolis Colts - 12/23/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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New York Giants (5-9) at Indianapolis Colts (8-6)
NFL Football: Sunday, December 23, 2018 at 1:00 pm (Lucas Oil Stadium)
The Line: Indianapolis Colts -9 -- Over/Under: 47
The New York Giants and Indianapolis Colts meet Sunday in NFL action at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The New York Giants look to continue playing spoiler after winning four of their last six games. The New York Giants have split their last six road games. Eli Manning is completing 65.9 percent of his passes for 3,689 yards, 18 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Manning has one or less touchdown passes in nine of his last 13 games. Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard have combined for 1,744 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Saquon Barkley has 82 receptions. The New York Giants ground game is averaging 101.7 yards per contest, and Barkley leads the way with 1,155 yards and nine touchdowns. Defensively, New York is allowing 24.9 points and 365.8 yards per game. Landon Collins leads the New York Giants with 96 tackles, B.J. Hill has five sacks and Alec Ogletree has five interceptions.
The Indianapolis Colts look for a third straight win to stay in the thick of the AFC playoff race. The Indianapolis Colts have won five straight home games. Andrew Luck is completing 67.3 percent of his passes for 3,951 yards, 34 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Luck has three or more touchdown passes in eight of his last 11 games. T.Y. Hilton and Eric Ebron have combined for 1,733 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns while Chester Rogers has 43 receptions. The Indianapolis Colts ground game is averaging 107.5 yards per contest, and Marlon Mack leads the way with 755 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, Indianapolis is allowing 21.4 points and 341.5 yards per game. Darius Leonard leads the Indianapolis Colts with 146 tackles, Denico Autry has nine sacks and Kenny Moore II has two interceptions.
The Giants are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 road games, 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games on fieldturf and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Colts are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in December, 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Giants are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings. The under is 5-0 in Colts last 5 games overall. The under is 15-7 in Giants last 22 games on fieldturf.
The New York Giants have played much better football since coming off their bye week, but they're fresh off a shutout loss to the Tennessee Titans and are expected to be without Odell Beckham yet again. The Indianapolis Colts are coming off their best win of the season, a blowout over the Dallas Cowboys, and they're outscoring teams by an average of 17.8 points during their five-game home winning streak. The New York Giants have covered five of their last six games when an underdog of at least seven points. The Indianapolis Colts are 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 games when a favorite of at least seven points. The Giants showed last week how much this offense struggles without Beckham on the field. The Indianapolis Colts seem to getting better each week and it's the defense that's making the biggest improvments. I'm not the chalk eating handicapper, but this feels like a good spot to lay a big number.