Indianapolis Colts at Minnesota Vikings - 12/17/22 NFL Picks and Prediction

Minnesota Vikings (10-3) vs Indianapolis Colts (4-8-1)

Game Info: Saturday, December 17, 2022 at 1:00 pm (U.S. Bank Stadium)

Betting Odds: Minnesota Vikings -4.5 -- Over/Under: 47 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Indianapolis Colts and Minnesota Vikings face off on Saturday in a key NFL showdown at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Colts have won the last four games over the Vikings. 

The Colts come into this game with a 4-8-1 record, and they have gone 5-8 against the spread so far this season. In the last game against the Dallas Cowboys, the defense was awful, giving up 54 points, and they really had no chance to keep up. Quarterback Matt Ryan completed 21 of his 37 passes for 233 yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions. Even though he struggled with the turnovers, Jeff Saturday has decided to stick with Ryan to get the start here. Indianapolis is averaging 16.1 points, while their defense is giving up 22.9 points per game. The offense is ranked 31st in the NFL, and it’s going to need to be a lot better here. Cornerback Kenny Moore is dealing with a shin injury, and it’s unclear if he’s going to be able to go in this game. 

On the other side of this matchup is the Vikings, who sit with a 10-3 record, and they have gone 6-6-1 against the spread. In the last game against the Detroit Lions, the offense was again good, but the defense struggled, giving up 34 points. Kirk Cousins completed 31 of his 41 passes for 425 yards, two touchdowns, and zero interceptions. Justin Jefferson caught 11 passes for 223 yards. The Vikings are averaging 24 points, while their defense is giving up 24.1 points per game. This is a perfect offensive team, but the defense needs to be a lot better, or this will be a disappointing end to the season. Jefferson has caught 99 passes for 1500 yards and six touchdowns. Christian Darrisaw has missed the last two games because of a concussion, but he’s expected to be back here, and that’s a big boost to the offense. 

The Vikings are 4-0-1 against the spread in their last five games as a favorite. The over is 5-0 in the Vikings' last five games as a home favorite. The Vikings are 4-0 against the spread in their last 4 games after accumulating less than 90 yards rushing in their previous game.

The Vikings' defense might not pitch a shutout here, but I think they are going to be a lot better. Matt Ryan isn’t the quarterback he once was, and the Colts' offense just isn’t good enough to put a lot of pressure on the Vikings' defense. Kirk Cousins and Justin Jefferson will continue their success, and the Vikings will get over their season average of 24 points per game. Back the Vikings against the spread. 

Shane’s Pick Vikings -4.5

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