Indianapolis Colts vs Arizona Cardinals Prediction, 12/25/2021 NFL Picks, Best Bets & Odds Week 16
Game: Indianapolis Colts vs Arizona Cardinals
Date: Saturday, December 25, 2021
Location: State Farm Stadium in Glendale, AZ
Odds/Point Spread: Cardinals (-1.5)
The Indianapolis Colts (8-6) are traveling to State Farm Stadium on Saturday where they will meet the Arizona Cardinals (10-4). Arizona opens this game as 1.5-point favorites from oddsmakers. The over/under is set at 49.5.
The Indianapolis Colts head into this matchup 8-6 this season. In their last game, the Colts played the Patriots and went home with a win by a final score of 27-17. Jonathan Taylor was the leader on the ground for the Colts with 29 attempts for 170 yds (5.9 yds per attempt). Zach Pascal held an average of 23.0 yds per catch by recording 23 yards on 1 reception. Carson Wentz went 5/12 with 57 yds through the air and 1 TD. He had a quarterback rating of 49.7 and finished the game with 1 pick. Against the rush, the Colts gave up 81 yards on 19 tries, which averages out to 4.3 yards per run allowed. Indianapolis allowed 26 pass completions on 45 tries for a total of 284 yards, and a completion rate of 57.8%. In the game, they ran 52 plays which totaled 275 yds. The Indianapolis Colts ran the football 39 different times and totaled 226 yds, which is an average of 5.8 yds per carry.
When talking about getting in the endzone, the Indianapolis Colts are averaging 28.4 PPG. As a team they're maintaining an average of 157.0 yards on the ground which ranks them 2nd in the league. The Colts have tallied 5,060 total yards over the course of this season. Indianapolis has recorded 142 1st downs as a unit, and they have committed 64 penalties for 571 yards. They have surrendered the football 17 times (7 interceptions and 10 fumbles lost). When it comes to scoring touchdowns, Indianapolis has earned 23 passing touchdowns and 21 rushing touchdowns.
The Colts rank 9th in the league in relation to team defense, allowing 21.4 points per game. The opposition is running for 4.5 yards per run and 109.6 rushing yards per game this year. For the season, they have allowed 1,535 yards via the ground game in 14 games. When it comes to yards via the pass, the Colts have surrendered 3,277 yards which has them ranked 17th in the NFL. They have relinquished 234.1 yards per game via the pass and allowed a completion percentage of 64.5%. Overall, they have relinquished 343.7 yards per outing which ranks them 14th in the league. They have surrendered 28 touchdowns by air as well as 8 touchdowns on the ground.
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The Cardinals come into this game with a record of 10-4 for this season. For their last game, the Cardinals took a loss by a score of 30-12 against the Lions. Colt McCoy finished the contest with 56 yds on 6/9 passing while his quarterback rating was 83.6. He didn't throw any picks and his avg yards per attempt was 6.22 yds. Chase Edmonds carried the football 6 times for 53 yards, ending the contest with 8.8 yds per carry for Arizona. Christian Kirk was a featured target for the Cardinals, bringing in 9 footballs for 94 yards (10.4 yds per catch). Arizona ran for 5.0 yds per attempt, finishing with a total of 105 yds on 21 attempts. The Cardinals finished the game with 398 yards and they ran 73 plays (5.5 yards per play). The Cardinals pass defense conceded a completion percentage of 80.8%, surrendering 212 yards on 21 out of 26 passing. Arizona conceded 34 run attempts for 126 yards (3.7 yds per carry).
The Arizona Cardinals average 376.4 yards/outing which has them sitting 9th out of all teams in the league. They are averaging 121.3 yards per game on the ground and have rushed for 1,698 yards overall. The Arizona offense has 814 penalty yds on 90 infractions, which is good for 12th in the league in terms of hurting your team. They have tossed 11 picks while surrendering 3 fumbles and they have been able to record 180 first downs. During this campaign to this point, the Cardinals have thrown for 3,572 yards via the pass as well as holding an average of 255.1 passing yards per game, which ranks 9th out of all NFL teams. Regarding their scoring prowess, the Cardinals are sitting 8th in the NFL by scoring 27.0 points per contest.
Arizona has conceded a total of 1,579 yards on the ground (112.8 yards per outing) and 8 touchdowns by way of the ground game for the season. They have conceded 22 touchdowns through the air in addition to 210.0 yards per outing, which puts them in 4th in the league. Their defense has compiled 24 turnovers (12 fumbles and 12 interceptions) on the campaign. Overall, they have allowed 284 points in total. The Cardinals defense has participated in 851 plays, which has them sitting 10th in football. The Cardinals are giving up 20.3 points per contest, which has them sitting 5th in the NFL.
Who will win tonight's Colts/Cardinals NFL game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Colts +1.5
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