Colts vs Vikings Prediction: Odds, Picks & Betting Preview Week 15 – December 17, 2022

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The Indianapolis Colts (4-8-1) will have their hearts set on stopping their three-game losing streak when they square off against the Minnesota Vikings (10-3) at U.S. Bank Stadium on Saturday, December 17, 2022.

Vikings vs. Colts Odds

Point Spread

The spread for this matchup is set at 4 points, with oddsmakers listing the Vikings as the favorites.

Moneyline

As for the moneyline, the Vikings have -200 odds to pick up the win, while the Colts are listed at +170 to claim victory.

Over/Under

Finally, the total for the game is set at 48 points.

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Game Info

How to Watch Vikings vs. Colts Live?

  • Game Day: Saturday, December 17, 2022
  • Game Time: 1:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: NFLN
  • Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Stadium: U.S. Bank Stadium

Betting Preview

Vikings

The Vikings own the 17th-ranked offense this year (342.0 yards per game), and they’ve been worse on the other side of the ball, ranking worst with 403.7 yards allowed per game. The Vikings are totaling 24.0 points per game on offense (10th in NFL), and they rank 24th on the other side of the ball with 24.1 points allowed per game.

Despite having a bottom-five pass defense that ranks worst in the NFL (287.2 passing yards allowed per game), the Vikings have put up better results on offense, ranking eighth in the NFL by putting up 246.4 passing yards per game. The Vikings are totaling 95.6 rushing yards per game on offense, which ranks them 27th in the NFL. On defense, they rank 16th, surrendering 116.5 rushing yards per contest.

From an offensive standpoint, the Vikings rank 13th in the NFL with a 40.6% third-down percentage. Meanwhile, they rank 15th in third-down conversion rate allowed (39.0%). In addition to 6.1 yards per play allowed on defense, which ranks second-worst in the NFL, the Vikings have posted the 19th-ranked yards-per-play average on offense (5.3). The Vikings own the fourth-best turnover margin in the league at +6, forcing 20 turnovers (eighth in NFL) while turning it over 14 times (sixth in NFL).

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Colts

The Colts are posting 318.0 total yards per contest on offense this season (25th-ranked). Meanwhile, they are giving up 314.8 total yards per contest (eighth-ranked). The Colts have been sputtering on offense, ranking second-worst in the NFL with 16.1 points per game. They have been more productive on defense, surrendering 22.9 points per contest (18th-ranked).

The Colts have been excelling on pass defense, surrendering just 188.6 passing yards per game (third-best). Offensively, they rank 19th in the NFL by racking up 217.8 passing yards per game. In terms of rushing, the Colts rank 26th in the NFL on offense (100.2 rushing yards per game) and 21st on the other side of the ball (126.2 rushing yards allowed per game).

The Colts are generating a 35.6% third-down conversion percentage on offense this season (26th-ranked). Meanwhile, they are surrendering a 37.1% third-down rate (eighth-ranked) on defense. The Colts are generating 4.9 yards per play on offense this season (27th-ranked). Meanwhile, they are allowing 5.0 yards per play (seventh-ranked) on defense. Regarding turnover margin, the Colts are the worst team in the NFL this season. Their margin checks in at -14, as they’ve forced 12 turnovers and committed 26.

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Vikings vs. Colts Injury Report

Vikings

Player Pos. Injury Status
Blake Brandel OT Knee Questionable
Garrett Bradbury C Back Questionable
Jordan Hicks LB Ankle Questionable
Danielle Hunter OLB Neck Questionable
Cameron Dantzler CB Illness Questionable

Colts

Player Pos. Injury Status
Brandon Facyson CB Illness Questionable
Mike Strachan WR Concussion Questionable

Vikings vs. Colts Betting Analysis

Vikings Betting Insights

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The Vikings have covered the spread six times over 13 games with a set spread. The Vikings are 1-3 ATS when playing as at least 4-point favorites.

Games involving the Vikings have hit the over eight times this season. The Vikings finished with a 5-3 record in games they were listed as the moneyline favorite last season (winning 62.5% of those games).

The Vikings finished 2-2 last year (winning 50% of their games) when they played as a moneyline favorite of -200 or shorter.

Colts Betting Insights

The Colts have put together a record of 5-8-0 against the spread this season. In games they have played as 4-point underdogs or more, the Colts have an ATS record of 3-2.

This year, four Colts games have gone over the point total. The Colts have entered the game as underdogs seven times this season and won three of those games.

The Colts are 1-3 this season when entering a game as the underdog by +170 or more on the moneyline.

Vikings vs. Colts Against The Spread & Betting Records

Vikings

Overall Home Away
Point Total AVG 46.3 46.4 46.3
Implied Total AVG 25.1 25.1 25.0
ATS Record 6-7-0 4-3-0 2-4-0
Over/Under Record 8-5-0 5-2-0 3-3-0
Moneyline Favorite Record 9-0 6-0 3-0
Moneyline Underdog Record 1-3 0-1 1-2

Colts

Overall Home Away
Point Total AVG 43.2 43.4 42.9
Implied Total AVG 23.9 23.8 24.0
ATS Record 5-8-0 3-3-0 2-5-0
Over/Under Record 4-9-0 2-4-0 2-5-0
Moneyline Favorite Record 1-4-1 1-3 0-1-1
Moneyline Underdog Record 3-4 1-1 2-3

Players to Watch

Vikings

  • Kirk Cousins ranks seventh in the NFL with 3,358 passing yards through 13 games this year, averaging 258.3 per game with a 65.5% completion percentage and 20 touchdowns (10th in the NFL) against nine interceptions.
  • He has added 58 rushing yards (4.5 per game) and two touchdowns on the ground.
  • Justin Jefferson has 99 receptions (second in the NFL) for 1,500 yards (first in the NFL) and six TDs. Through 13 games, he is averaging 7.6 catches and 115.4 yards per game.
  • Through 13 games, Dalvin Cook has amassed 950 rushing yards (sixth in the NFL), averaging 73.1 yards per game and scoring eight touchdowns.
  • Cook has 29 receptions, 170 yards and one TD in the passing game.
  • T.J. Hockenson averages 4.8 receptions and 53.6 yards per game, and has 697 total receiving yards and 62 catches. He’s gotten 91 total targets, and has caught four touchdown passes.
  • Over on defense, Eric Kendricks has 109 tackles and 4.0 TFL in 2022. His tackle total leads the Vikings and is 10th in the NFL.
  • Harrison Smith has 73 tackles, 1.0 TFL, and five interceptions this season.
  • Za’Darius Smith has recorded 35 tackles, 13.0 TFL, 8.5 sacks, and five passes defended.
  • Patrick Peterson has 3.0 TFL, 49 tackles, and three interceptions on the season.

Colts

  • In 11 games played this year, Matt Ryan has racked up 2,875 passing yards, with 13 touchdowns against 13 interceptions and completing 67.8% of his passes.
  • On the ground, Ryan has added one rushing touchdown and 70 rushing yards (fourth on the Colts).
  • Jonathan Taylor averages 86.1 rushing yards per game over 10 games (861 total yards to rank 10th in the NFL), while scoring four rushing touchdowns.
  • Taylor has also picked up 130 receiving yards (13.0 per game) on 27 catches (2.7 per game). He’s been targeted 39 times and is still seeking his first receiving touchdown.
  • This season, Michael Pittman Jr. has caught 76 passes (eighth in the NFL) for 755 receiving yards with two touchdowns through the air. He has been targeted 107 total times and is averaging 6.3 receptions per game through 12 games played.
  • Parris Campbell has 497 receiving yards and three touchdowns from 50 receptions after getting 68 targets.
  • So far in 2022, Zaire Franklin has recorded 1.0 sack to go with 9.0 TFL and 129 tackles through 13 games.
  • Bobby Okereke’s stats include 106 tackles, 4.0 TFL, and four passes defended.
  • DeForest Buckner has 5.5 sacks (second on the Colts) in addition to his 6.0 TFL and 57 tackles.
  • Rodney McLeod has put up 6.0 TFL, 66 tackles, and one interception through 13 games.

Vikings vs. Colts Predictions and Pick

Our pick to win this contest is the Vikings, and we project that Vikings will cover the spread (Vikings -4). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 48 points.

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WRITTEN BY

Brian Twining

Sports, of all kind, have been a huge part of my life and daily routine for as long as I can remember. My favorite sports to watch are College Basketball, College Football, the NFL, MLB, Nascar, & the FIFA World Cup. My favorite sports to bet on are the NFL, Nascar, College Hoops, and College Football.

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