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Free Pick: Indianapolis 8-6 at Arizona 10-4 12/25/21
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Free Pick: Indianapolis 8-6 at Arizona 10-4 12/25/21

The Colts come into Arizona as one of the hottest teams in the NFL. They have won 5 of their last 6 games and are taking dead aim at a wild card spot,or a slim chance at first place in the AFC South. Meanwhile, the Cardinals are coming off a 30-12 thrashing of the lowly Detroit Lions and have lost control of the NFC West division. They need to get some things figured out fast and the Colts are catching them at the right time. Let’s look at the betting angles.


Arizona 24.5 Total Team Points: The Cardinals were awful last week against the Lions and Kyler Murray played a subpar game for the 2nd week in a row. He is missing DeAndre Hopkins who is one of his leading playmakers. They will be going up against an Indy defense that has been very well during this good streak, and shut down the Patriots last week. The Cardinals are going to have score some points this week, because Indianapolis has been on a roll. I’m taking Arizona UNDER 24.5 Total Team Points

Indianapolis 24.5 Total Team Points The strength of the Colt’s offense has been their running game. Jonathan Taylor has rushed for 1,518 yards and scored 16 touchdowns. Quarterback, Carson Wentz has been efficient and has thrown for 3,005 yards, 23 touchdowns, and only 6 interceptions. They have been scoring 28 points per game and their offense has been overlooked. Arizona will counter with a defense that has played well all season but has given up 60 combined points the last 2 games. I like Indianapolis just a tad UNDER 24.5 points.

OVER/UNDER 49.5 Total Combined Team Points I think this is going to be a little bit lower scoring than most people think. I’ll take just a tad UNDER 49.5 points.

POINT SPREAD: Arizona is a 1-point favorite The Cardinals are favored because they are playing at home. So, it is basically a toss-up game. Both of these teams really need this game. Arizona is reeling and the Colts are rolling. Do you stick with the hot team or hope the slumping team revives itself?


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