Carolina Panthers vs Indianapolis Colts Picks, Odds, Week 16 Predictions 12/22/2019
Game: Carolina Panthers vs Indianapolis Colts
Date: Sunday, December 22, 2019
Location: Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN
Odds/Point Spread: Indianapolis -6.5
Jacoby Brissett and the Indianapolis Colts play the Carolina Panthers at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday, December 22, 2019. Carolina opens this contest as 6.5-point dogs. The O/U opens at 35.5. The Panthers are 5-9-0 ATS and 10-4-0 when betting on the total. The Colts are 8-6-0 when wagering on the over/under and 6-8-0 against the spread.
In their last game, the Carolina Panthers went up against the Seattle Seahawks and took the defeat by a score of 30-24. Running the show from under center for the Panthers was Kyle Allen who went 25/41 with 277 yards through the air and added 1 TD. He tossed 3 picks during the game. Christian McCaffrey led the team in rushing during the game. His longest run of the day went for 15 yards and he ran for 2 TD's for the game. He scurried for 87 yards by way of 19 carries which means he ran for an average of 4.6 yards per tote. DJ Moore was the leader in receiving yardage with a tally of 113 yards on 8 catches. He earned an average of 14.1 yards per reception during the game. The Carolina Panthers rushed the ball a total of 29 times and earned a total of 145 yards which gave them an average of 5.0 yards per run. For the contest, the Panthers got 28 first downs and they totaled 2 penalties for 15 yards. On the day, they ran 72 plays for a total of 414 yards. On the defensive side of the ball, Carolina allowed 20 completions on 27 attempts for a total of 274 yards, and a completion percentage of 74.0%. For the game, they allowed 428 yards and earned 1 takeaway. Against the run, the Panthers allowed 154 yards on 34 runs which is an average of 4.5 yards per run allowed. Another prediction you may want to look into is the free pick against the spread from Parlays Pundit on the Lions vs Broncos game.
Panthers are 5-9 After Loss
The Panthers come into this game with a record of 5-9 for the 2019 season. They are a team that has the capability to score points in the NFC South and I wouldn't expect things to change too much in this game. For total yardage, they are currently ranked 11th among NFC teams and 19th in the NFL with 4,854 yards. When it comes to getting in the endzone, the Panthers have compiled a total of 17 passing touchdowns and 19 rushing TDs. In terms of scoring, they are one of the marginal teams in the league averaging 23 points per contest, ranking them 16th in the NFL. As a unit, they are averaging 121 rushing yards per game which is 6th in the conference.
The Panthers have one of the average defenses in the NFL, allowing 27.9 points per game ranking them 14th in the conference. In regard to yards rushing, Carolina is allowing 140.2 yards per contest which has them at 4th in the NFC South and 30th among NFL teams. Opposing teams are running for an average of 5.2 yards per rush which has them at 16th in the conference and 32nd in the NFL overall. In total, they have allowed 1,691 rushing yards through 14 contests. When it comes to yards through the air, the Panthers have conceded 3,326 yards. Opponents are completing 64.4% of the passes they throw against them and averaging 6.2 yards per try. They have allowed 18 passing touchdowns and 26 rushing TDs.
In their last outing, the Indianapolis Colts played the New Orleans Saints and ended up taking the loss by a score of 34-7. Leading the way at QB for the Colts was Jacoby Brissett who went 18/34 with 165 yards through the air but wasn't able to get any balls in the endzone via the pass. He walked away from this game with no interceptions. Marlon Mack led the team on the ground for the game. He broke a long run for 7 yards but he never crossed the endzone by way of the rush. He rushed for 19 yards on 11 carries which gave him an average of 1.7 yards per run. Zach Pascal led the team in receiving yardage with a total of 44 yards on 4 catches. He had an average of 11.0 yards per reception for the game. The Indianapolis Colts ended up running the ball 17 times and earned a total of 46 yards which earned them an average of 2.7 yards per run. On the day, they ran 52 plays which gave them a total of 205 yards. On the day, the Colts got 16 first downs and they totaled 7 penalties for 49 yards. When it comes to their defensive performance, Indianapolis conceded 29 completions on 30 throws totaling 307 yards, and a completion percentage of 97.0%. For this contest, they gave up a total of 424 yards but didn't get any takeaways. Against the run, the Colts conceded 117 yards on 33 attempts which means they had an average of 3.5 yards per rushing attempt allowed. Guy Bruhn has a free NFL pick ATS for the contest between the Bengals and Dolphins.
Colts Now 6-8 After Loss
The Colts come into this game with a record of 6-8. Indianapolis has built a respectable ground game this year by averaging 127 yards on the ground per game, ranking them 9th in the league. As a team, they have compiled a total of 1,780 yards rushing through 14 contests, so they'll need to look to improve on these numbers if they want to compete with the better teams in the league. The Colts average 331 yards per game overall which has them at 24th in the league and 11th in the AFC. When talking about the points that are being put on the board, the Colts are ranked 3rd among AFC South teams and 19th out of all the teams in the league averaging 21.6 points per game.
The Colts are giving up 23.5 points per contest which puts them at 2nd among AFC South teams and 18th in the NFL. In discussing points allowed, they have allowed 329 total points. When it comes to yards rushing, they are giving up 101 yards per contest ranking them 9th among NFL teams and 1st among AFC South teams. For the 2019 season, they have given up 1,413 yards rushing and 8 rushing TDs. Their passing defense is one of the middling units in the NFL. They are allowing 250 passing yards per game. For passing yards allowed per game, the Colts are ranked 12th among AFC teams. They have allowed 26 passing TDs in 2019.
Who will win tonight's Panthers/Colts NFL game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Panthers +6.5
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