Steelers vs Colts Prediction -NFL Picks 12/16/23

Indianapolis Colts (7-6) vs Pittsburgh Steelers (7-6)

Game Info: Saturday, December 16, 2023 at 4:30 pm (Lucas Oil Stadium)

Betting Odds: Indianapolis Colts -1.5 -- Over/Under: 42 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Pittsburgh Steelers and Indianapolis Colts face off on Saturday in an NFL showdown at Lucas Oil Stadium. Let’s look at the betting matchup and give a free Steelers vs Colts prediction.

Mitch Trubisky Starting Again for Steelers

Mitch Trubisky will start again for the Steelers with Kenny Pickett ruled out for this game. There were some who were calling for Mason Rudolph to start, but the team has decided it’s going to be Trubisky who gets another shot. Last Thursday the Steelers faced off against the New England Patriots and they were defeated 21-18. Trubisky completed 22 of his 35 passes for 190 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. The Steelers on the season are averaging 16.2 points while their defense is giving up 19.2 points per game. The defense is ranked 7th in the NFL. In this game, Trubisky is going to need to have a big game. Wide Receiver Diontae Johnson is dealing with a knee injury and he’s questionable for this game. 

Steelers betting Trends

  • The Steelers have won each of their last four games as away underdogs when playing with a rest advantage.
  • The Steelers have covered the spread in seven of their last eight games following a loss.
  • The Steelers have won the first quarter in each of their last three games as underdogs following a home loss.
  • The Steelers have lost the first half in each of their last eight road games against teams that held a winning record.
  • Seven of the Steelers' last eight December games as road underdogs have gone OVER the total points line.

Colts Look to Bounce Back

The Colts faced off against the Cincinnati Bengals in the last game and they really struggled in that game. The offense only managed 14 points while the defense gave up 34 points and they lost by 20 points. Gardner Minshew completed 26 of his 39 passes for 240 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. The Colts on the season are averaging 24.2 points while their defense is giving up 25.4 points per game. The offense is ranked 8th while the defense is ranked 29th. Minshew is going to have a huge game here if the Colts are going to want to secure the victory. DeForest Buckner is dealing with a back injury and he’s questionable for this game. 

Colts Betting Trends

  • The Colts have won each of their last eight games as favorites when playing with a rest disadvantage.
  • The favorites have covered the spread in seven of the Colts' last eight games.
  • The Colts have lost the first quarter in six of their last seven games as favorites against AFC opponents.
  • The Colts have won the first half in each of their last seven Week 15 games at Lucas Oil Stadium.
  • The Colts have scored the first touchdown in each of their last five Week 15 games at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Steelers vs Colts Betting Prediction

The Colts really struggled in the last game, but they are going to bounce back here. I don’t trust Trubisky and I wouldn’t be shocked by halftime if we saw Rudolph enter the game at quarterback. Minshew is going to have another big game and the Colts offense is going to get over their season average of 24.2 points. The Steelers offense is going to really struggle to get the offense going here and that is going to be the difference here as the Colts are going to get the job done. Back the Colts against the spread.

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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