Moneyline: Indianapolis Colts at Arizona Cardinals
This is the lone Christmas Day game, which means it should attract a lot of action at the best NFL betting sites. The oddsmakers have this game almost at a toss-up too. Here are the current moneyline odds between the Colts and Cards:
We’re less unsure as we believe Indy is the bet to make here despite being on the road. You see, these two teams are going in opposite directions. The Colts are winners of five of the previous six, including an impressive 10-point win over the former one seed in the AFC, the Patriots. Meanwhile, the Cards have dropped back-to-back games with the most recent one being an 18-point blowout loss to the two-win Lions.
Simply put, Arizona is not a team you want to be betting on right now in spite of its 10-4 mark. Things change fast in the NFL due to injuries and the Cards aren’t as prolific on offense without DeAndre Hopkins. There’s just no making up for his big-play ability, which thrives when Kyler Murray can scramble and buy time in that pocket. That’s a non-factor now.
One more reason you need to bet on the Colts to win straight up on Saturday: Jonathan Taylor. The MVP race is down to him and Aaron Rodgers. Under the spotlight of a Christmas game, expect Taylor to shred the Cards just like the Lions just did (Detroit’s Craig Reynolds had a career-high 112 rushing yards). We’re so confident that Indianapolis pulls out this win that we’re suggesting you to bet more than usual on this game. If you typically wager one unit on a game, think about doubling this one and wait out a gift-wrapped present from the Colts.
Against The Spread: Washington Football Team at Dallas Cowboys
|Washington spread (+10.5)
|Dallas spread (-10.5)
Since Washington had to play on Tuesday (COVID postponement), they’re at a disadvantage in this meeting versus Dallas. The short week is reflected in the odds set by the top online sportsbooks. Regardless, we feel WFT deserves better than double-digit spread underdogs against a known division rival.
Dare we say, Dallas is starting to become overrated? Its offense is in a serious funk — and has been for months now, signaling a larger issue. Dak Prescott has been mediocre at best since sustaining a mid-season calf injury. In his six previous games (all post-injury), Prescott has just eight touchdowns and six interceptions to go along with 1,568 passing yards (pre-injury, he had 16 touchdown passes with just four interceptions). It’s hardly the type of production that can blow out a division rival by double digits.
Moreover, everyone can’t stop raving about the Cowboys' improved defense. While they’ve certainly proved to be ball hawkers (they’re up to 31 takeaways this season — tied for NFL most), the defense is still giving up a lot of offensive yards (356.9 per game, 10th-highest in the league). That defense is the definition of “bend but don’t break.”
Expect the majority of the public to bet Dallas here as they’re the “new flavor of the month.” Our advice is to not drink the Kool-Aid and instead fade the Cowboys. Even on a short week, the testy Redskins can hang close with their division foe.
Over/Under 39 Points: Miami Dolphins at New Orleans Saints
|Over 39 Points
|Under 39 Points
It wasn’t long ago both teams were left for dead in the playoff race. The Saints were on a third-string quarterback and the Dolphins were 1-7. Yet here we are, both teams are 7-7 and can hardly afford to lose in their respective playoff races. That desperation is why we love the over/under between Miami and New Orleans.
This game should have a playoff game-like atmosphere. It’s under the bright lights of Monday Night Football. And we like said, it’s almost a win-or-go-home scenario for each side. And we all know the deal: playoff games aren’t as high-scoring as early-season games.
If that wasn’t enough evidence for the over, how about this: the Saints could be without its two starting tackles once again. Both have been sidelined most of the year, which has contributed to its offensive inefficiency (15.5 points per game in its last four).
The Dolphins on the other hand, while on a six-game winning streak, are slightly overrated. That streak has come against teams with a combined record of 25-53. We expect Miami to come back down to Earth against a New Orleans defense that just shut out the G.O.A.T. Tom Brady. All things considered, hammer the under.
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