Colts Vs Vikings Line & Final Score PredictionNoah Williams
A pair of underachieving teams go head-to-head in what is an early elimination game. While both will be eventually eliminated one will go the way of the dodo this week. The Week 15 NFL betting line favors the Vikings by 4.5-points. Kick-off is this Sunday, December 18th at 1:00 PM ET on CBS from the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
With Adrian Peterson just returning to practice this game is being hyped as a meeting between two No. 1 overall NFL draft picks with Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford (the top pick in 2010) facing Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (the top pick in 2012). While that may not be enough to bring in views, there is value in betting on this matchup.
Indianapolis Colts Vs Minnesota Vikings Line & Final Score Prediction
What: Indianapolis Colts (6-7) at Minnesota Vikings (7-6)
When: Sunday, December 18, 2016
Start Time: 1:00 PM ET
Where: Minneapolis, MN
Stadium: U.S. Bank Stadium
Spread: Vikings -4.5
Moneyline: Indianapolis +175 vs Minnesota -200
Game Total: 45.5
Stream: CBS Sports
Listen: Indianapolis vs Minnesota
Why Bet The Indianapolis Colts To Beat The Vikings
The Indianapolis Colts are 6-7 SU and 6-6-1 ATS this season after losing 22-17 to the Houston Texans last week. They average 25.2 points per game (9th) and allow 25.6 points per game (25th).
Indianapolis averages 259.2 passing yards per game (9th). QB Andrew Luck (3381 yards, 25 TDs & 10 INTs) is dealing with a sore shoulder. He threw for 276 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions last week. Luck missed practice on Wednesday with a sore shoulder and elbow on his throwing arm, both malades leftover from last week in which he was sacked just once but hit on more than a dozen occasions.
“I didn’t feel as good after that game as you would like,” Luck said Wednesday. “December football. Nobody feels like they want to at this point. You just make sure you are ready to go on Sunday.”
WR TY Hilton (78 rec, 1203 yards, 6 TDs) is the only real playmaker the Colts have in the passing game. Indy averages 97.8 rushing yards per game (24th). RB Frank Gore (208 car, 790 yards, 4 TDs) averages 60.8 rushing yards per game and just 3.8 yards per carry.
The Colts have the 29th-ranked total defense in the NFL. They allow 262.0 passing yards per game (26th) and 115.4 rushing yards per game (24th). D’Qwell Jackson has 78 tackles, and Erik Walden has 8.0 sacks.
Why Bet The Minnesota Vikings To Beat The Colts
The Minnesota Vikings are still in the playoff race with their 7-6 SU and 8-5 ATS record. They beat the Jacksonville Jaguars last week by a score of 25-16. Minnesota averages 19.8 points per game (24th) and give up 17.3 points per game (1st).
The Vikings average 229.6 passing yards per game (24th). QB Sam Bradford (2954 yards, 14 TDs & 3 INTs) was limited in practice this week due to a sore shoulder. WR Stefon Diggs (78 rec, 861 yards, 2 TDs) and Adam Thielen (56 rec, 758 yards 3 TDs) can exploit the Colts bad passing defense. Minnesota averages 73.4 rushing yards per game (32nd). Minnesota’s run game has struggled without star running back Adrian Peterson. Jerick McKinnon (129 car, 388 yards, 1 TDs) and Matt Asiata (107 car, 354 yards, 6 TDs) averaged fewer than 4.0 yards per carry this season.
AP has been out with a knee injury since the third quarter of Minnesota’s Week 2 win over Green Bay. He practiced with the team this week and offered an immediate boost. It is unknown if he will be in uniform on Sunday.
“It was great to see him out here in the walk-through today,” Bradford said. “I think he’s just one of those guys, he has been a leader on this team. Obviously, he’s one of the best players in this league, and he has been for quite some time. So I think just having him back out at practice in the huddle, I think it’s a definite lift to our guys.”
Minnesota has the 2nd best total defense in the NFL. They give up 202.0 passing yards per game (3rd) and 102.1 rushing yards per game (16th). Harrison Smith has 84 tackles and Danielle Hunter has 10.5 sacks.
If You Still Can’t Decide Who To Bet On:
- Indianapolis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Minnesota
- Minnesota is 13-5 ATS in its last 18 games
- Minnesota is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
- Minnesota is 8-1 ATS in its last 9 games at home
- Minnesota is 13-5 SU in its last 18 games at home
Colts Vs Vikings Final Score Prediction
Sitting third in the AFC South behind Houston and Tennessee, Indianapolis is in must-win mode and could be eliminated Sunday with a loss combined with wins by Texans and Titans. The Colts have won their last three road games but know a unique challenge awaits inside Minnesota’s new stadium, which is notoriously noisy.
The Vikings, who started 5-0 and have gone just 2-6 since then, cannot be mathematically eliminated from playoff contention on Sunday but would face long, long odds with a loss. They close the season with divisional games at Green Bay on Christmas Eve and at home against Chicago on New Year’s Day.
My final score prediction is Indianapolis 20, Minnesota 21.