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MNF: Indianapolis Colts vs Los Angeles Chargers 12/26/22 NFL Picks, Predictions, Odds

Los Angeles Chargers (8-6) vs. Indianapolis Colts (4-9-1)
December 26, 2022 8:15 pm EDT
The Line: Indianapolis Colts +3.5 / Los Angeles Chargers -3.5; Over/Under: 46.5
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The Indianapolis Colts and Los Angeles Chargers do battle in week 16 Monday Night Football NFL action at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Los Angeles Chargers have split their last 8 games. The Indianapolis Colts have lost 4 straight games.

The Los Angeles Chargers have won 4 of their last 6 road games. Justin Herbert is completing 67.5 percent of his passes for 4,019 yards, 21 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. Joshua Palmer and Mike Williams have combined for 1,407 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns, while Austin Ekeler has 95 receptions. The Los Angeles Chargers ground game is averaging 83.7 yards per contest, and Ekeler leads the way with 692 yards and 9 touchdowns. Defensively, Los Angeles is allowing 24.3 points and 354.5 yards per game. Drue Tranquill leads the Los Angeles Chargers with 118 tackles, Khalil Mack has 7 sacks and Bryce Callahan has 3 interceptions.

The Indianapolis Colts have lost 4 of their last 5 home games. Matt Ryan is completing 67 percent of his passes for 3,057 yards, 14 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Michael Pittman Jr. and Parris Campbell have combined for 1,325 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns, while Alec Pierce has 32 receptions. The Indianapolis Colts ground game is averaging 105.2 yards per contest, and Jonathan Taylor leads the way with 861 yards and 4 touchdowns. Defensively, Indianapolis is allowing 24.1 points and 329.3 yards per game. Zaire Franklin leads the Indianapolis Colts with 141 tackles, Yannick Ngakoue has 9.5 sacks and Stephon Gilmore has 2 interceptions.

The Chargers are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games in December and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Colts are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in December and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win. The under is 5-2 in Chargers last 7 games overall. The over is 4-1 in Colts last 5 games overall. The Chargers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Indianapolis and 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 meetings. The underdog is 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 meetings. The home team is 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.

The Los Angeles Chargers are one of those teams that fall apart right when you’re ready to believe in them, so them losing this game outright wouldn’t surprise me. However, the Indianapolis Colts are looking more and more like a team that’s coached by someone who was on ESPN a few weeks ago. I also have no idea how the Colts respond after blowing a 33 point lead. The morale of the Colts can’t be great, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they came out flat. I have no choice but to lay the chalk with the Chargers.

Randy Chambers's Free Pick: Los Angeles Chargers -3.5

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