Arizona Cardinals vs. Indianapolis Colts Top Bet: Bank on Arizona Christmas Night

Arizona Cardinals vs. Indianapolis Colts best bet and prediction by NFL handicapper LightningLockz for the Week 16 matchup coming on Christmas night.
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Sat, December 25, 1:40 PM EST | 5 min read
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Arizona Cardinals vs. Indianapolis Colts Top Bet: Bank on Arizona Christmas Night

Another excellent TV game tonight as we have two teams fighting for the playoffs in the desert of Arizona tonight. This game feels like a "what have you done lately for me" game. Sure the Colts just proved themselves and beat the Patriots, but the win didn't impress us as the Patriots played awful for three quarters, and in the fourth, we had a ball game until Jonathan Taylor busted one to ice it.

Arizona Cardinals vs. Indianapolis Colts Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

Date: Saturday, December 25, 2021

Game Time: 8:15 pm ET

Where to Watch: NFL Network

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Cardinals vs. Colts Prediction

It's not often Big Bad Bill is questioned about his choices, but he kicked a field goal instead of going for it down 13, making it ten which is still two scores. That play might have cost him, but either way, the Colts were dominating for three quarters. In our eyes, they barely pulled it out, making that win far less impressive. The Colts only had 15 first downs, and in a role reversal, they threw for 49 yards the week after the Patriots threw for a season-worst 19 yards. Turnovers are always a key, and Mac Jone's two interceptions cost them the game. People are high on the Colts, but we still feel they are a one-trick pony.

On the other side of the ball, we have Arizona, who embarrassed themselves last week. The Lions are playing better but missing their two best offensive players blew out Arizona. The game was never in doubt. It was probably the most shocking score we have seen this season. Arizona was down from their loss to the Rams and lacked motivation after slipping from the number one seed they were in all year, losing to the Rams. Then they followed it up with a true stinker in Detroit. There is no excuse for that performance, and the Cardinals have to get back on track today because the schedule doesn't get easier with the Cowboys and divisional rival Seahawks coming up.

The Cardinals still have a division title, a playoff bye all in front of them, and we feel they got that stinker out of the way, and they will rise today and win a game that they desperately need.

Why do we like Arizona today? First off, nowadays, you always have to check COVID and injuries. With Offensive Guard Quentin Nelson out today, he is a massive loss for the Colts as he is the main reason those holes have been there for Taylor to run through. The Cardinals are one of the best run defenses in the league. This is a huge loss that will be very noticeable today. They are also missing Mark Glowinski (COVID) and Center Ryan Kelly (family issues), meaning that the whole offensive line will look different today.

Arizona is a top 10 defense and very good against the run usually, giving up less than 113 yards a game. Arizona can load up the line against the replacement offensive line without the fear of Wentz and the receivers and should dominate this game in the trenches. We also have mentioned before that the Colts record is excellent, but they recently beat the Texans, Jets, and Jaguars, and we are not high on them.

While Arizona had their letdown, they have spoken all week about how they were down and tried to hit that full-court shot instead of working it down low and taking the bucket using a basketball analogy. We expect Arizona to come out and establish the run with Edmonds back and Conner healthy and let their defense dominate the backups on the offensive line. We feel Markus Golden and Chandler Jones woke up chomping at the bits on Christmas day, finding out they will be going after backups.

Take the soft number today with the embarrassed Cardinals as they get back on track and get a 7-10 point win tonight in the desert.

Cardinals vs. Colts Pick

  • Arizona Cardinals -2 (-115)
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