Carolina Panthers at Indianapolis Colts - 12/22/19 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Carolina Panthers (5-9) at Indianapolis Colts (6-8)
NFL Football: Sunday, December 22, 2019 at 1:00 pm (Lucas Oil Stadium)
The Line: Indianapolis Colts -6.5 -- Over/Under: 47
The Carolina Panthers and Indianapolis Colts meet Sunday in week 16 NFL action at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The Carolina Panthers need a win here to snap a six-game losing streak. The Carolina Panthers have lost four straight road games. Kyle Allen is completing 62.1 percent of his passes for 3,027 yards, 17 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. Allen enters this game with 448 career pass attempts under his belt. DJ Moore and Christian McCaffrey have combined for 1,988 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Curtis Samuel has 50 receptions. The Carolina Panthers ground game is averaging 120.8 yards per contest, and McCaffrey leads the way with 1,307 yards and 14 touchdowns. Defensively, Carolina is allowing 27.9 points and 377.8 yards per game. Luke Kuechly leads the Carolina Panthers with 131 tackles, Mario Addison has 9.5 sacks and James Bradberry has three interceptions.
The Indianapolis Colts need a win to snap a four-game losing streak. The Indianapolis Colts have split their last six home games. Jacoby Brissett is completing 62.3 percent of his passes for 2,661 yards, 18 touchdowns and six interceptions. Brissett has two or more touchdown passes in six of his 13 games this season. Zach Pascal and Jack Doyle have combined for 1,017 receiving yards and nine touchdowns while T.Y. Hilton has 39 receptions. The Indianapolis Colts ground game is averaging 127.1 yards per contest, and Marlon Mack leads the way with 919 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Indianapolis is allowing 23.5 points and 350.7 yards per game. Darius Leonard leads the Indianapolis Colts with 104 tackles, Justin Houston has nine sacks and Kenny Moore II has two interceptions.
The Panthers are 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 games in December, 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog and 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Colts are 1-6-2 ATS vs. a team with a losing record, 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games in December and 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The over is 4-0 in Panthers last 4 games overall. The over is 6-2 in Colts last 8 home games. The road team is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings.
Neither of these teams are playing well, but the Carolina Panthers are banged up as all hell and will be starting a rookie quarterback in Will Grier. The Indianapolis Colts don't have much to play for at this point, but they are getting guys back from injury and Jacoby Brissett should have the rust off after playing last week. The Carolina Panthers have scoring issues and limited weapons outside of McCaffrey, and that's even more of a issue when throwing out a young quarterback on the road in his first ever start. I'll take the Indianapolis Colts by a touchdown.