Giants vs Colts Odds and Week 16 Football Betting Preview
The Indianapolis Colts have surprised a lot of people by staying right there in the AFC wild-card race. And last week their defense put on an impressive performance in shutting out the Dallas Cowboys. Now in a position to challenge for a playoff spot, there’s no room for letting up as they play host to the New York Giants in a game that begins at 1 PM ET on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Remember that if you are a VietBet customer, you can place wagers even after the game has kicked off, using the state-of-the-art software from Live Betting Ultra.
Giants vs Colts Odds:
In the NFL betting odds posted on this game by the folks at VietBet, Indianapolis is the solid favorite:
Indianapolis Colts -9.5
New York Giants +9.5
Over 48 points -110
Under 48 points -110
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Giants vs Colts Odds – CJ’s Take
Just as the Colts have been shut out a few weeks ago against Jacksonville, the Giants suffered that same fate last week against Tennessee, on the short end of the 17-0 score at home. There has been some talk about shutting down running back Saquon Berkeley, but the rookie will hear none of it, coming on the heels of his selection to the Pro Bowl. Barkley has been one of the more productive backs in the NFL, with over 1800 combined rushing-receiving yards. And he has averaged 5.2 yards per carry. With the Giants’ lack of success, perhaps he hasn’t gotten enough credit.
Talk has also centered around what to do with a draft choice that is going to be in the top seven or eight next spring. Will Eli Manning be kept around for another season? Will he be traded to a place like Jacksonville, which might need a temporary solution at the quarterback spot? Manning has completed almost 66% of his passes and has been intercepted only nine times. But from a certain perspective he is a liability, as he’s been sacked 46 times. Keep in mind that the Colts have racked up 38 quarterback sacks.
The “comeback kid” who got snubbed when the Pro Bowl participants were announced was Andrew Luck, who has returned from his shoulder injury to throw 34 touchdown passes and lead a reconfigured offense that has not only been productive both through the air and on the ground, but also manages to keep him upright. Luck has been sacked only 16 times, and he’s got that nice rushing component as well. Speaking of first-round draft choices, guard Quentin Nelson has been a godsend, and he will be headed to the Pro Bowl in his first season out of Notre Dame. So will Eric Ebron, the tight end who has caught 12 touchdown passes. On defense, neither of these teams has allowed a lot of touchdown passes – the Giants have yielded 18, while the Colts have given up 19. But while the Giants are out of the playoff race, Indianapolis finds itself tied with Baltimore and Tennessee at 8-6, and it is likely that one of those three teams will be the second wild-card underneath either the Los Angeles Chargers or Kansas City Chiefs.
One thing the Giants defense has to do is keep Indy from moving the steps. The Colts have converted 48.4% on third down, as Luck has resigned himself to look for shorter routes. That approach may have compromised TY Hilton a little bit, but he still has achieved a 1000-yard season. So has Odell Beckham, who is averaging 13.7 yards per catch. The Giants have won four of their last six games, after a 1-7 start. So things are looking up a little bit in the Meadowlands. The Colts, however, have been on fire, winning seven of their last eight after having some hard luck (no pun intended) earlier in the schedule. We think Indianapolis can win this game, but we’re not so sure they can create enough distance to cover the pointspread.
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By Charles Jay