Colts at Cardinals odds, picks: Point spread, total, player props, trends, TV, streaming for Christmas day – ZellaNews


Merry Christmas to you and yours, and we got fairly a present within the type of this vacation NFL doubleheader. The Indianapolis Colts, who’ve now gained two straight, take their abilities to Arizona, to play Kyler Murray and the Cardinals. While the Cardinals have been lengthy considered as the very best crew within the NFL, they’ve dropped two straight — together with an inexplicable loss to the Detroit Lions final week. This matchup presents a possibility for them not solely to get again on monitor, however to show that they’re nonetheless a authentic Super Bowl contender.

The Colts have hopped on the again of second-12 months working again Jonathan Taylor, and he is rapidly discovered himself within the MVP dialog. Taylor leads the NFL with 1,518 speeding yards, 17 speeding touchdowns and averages a second-finest 5.6 yards per rush. Stopping him will likely be a key to victory for Arizona.

Below, we’ll break down this particular matchup from a playing perspective and look at the road motion, Over/Under and player props to think about. First, this is how one can watch Saturday night time’s matchup. 

All NFL odds are by way of Caesars Sportsbook.

How to look at

Date: Saturday, Dec. 25 | Time: 8:15 p.m. ET
Location: State Farm Stadium (Glendale, AZ)
NFL Network | Stream: fuboTV (attempt for free)
Follow: ZellaNews Sports App
Odds: Cardinals -1, O/U 49

Line motion

This line opened at Cardinals -4.5 final Tuesday, however started to fall. It fell a full level to Cardinals -3.5 on Thursday after which to Cardinals -2 on Sunday night time. Monday morning, it fell one other half level to Cardinals -1.5 after which to a decide’em on Tuesday. On Thursday, the Cardinals then discovered themselves a one-level favourite.

The decide: Cardinals -1. So, we’ve one crew coming off of a monster win whereas the opposite is coming off of an embarrassing loss. The public is starting to view the Colts as a darkish-horse postseason contender whereas concurrently falling out of affection with the Cardinals. This looks like a great place to hop on Arizona. I additionally do not like that Carson Wentz and Taylor will likely be with out three beginning offensive linemen in Quenton Nelson, Ryan Kelly and Mark Glowinski. 

Over/Under 49

This complete opened at 49 final Tuesday. It acquired a bump to 49.5 on Wednesday, however then fell a full level to 48.5 Sunday. It bumped again as much as 49.5, however finally settled at 49 by Christmas Eve. 

The decide: Under 49. This complete is one thing I will not be taking part in, as a result of I feel Vegas did an excellent job at setting the road. My preliminary prediction was 48 factors, and I feel I’m leaning Under. The Colts could rating the third-most factors per sport and the Cardinals will not be far behind in eighth, however each have offensive accidents and each defenses are high 15 models. The lean is to the Under. 

Carson Wentz props


Passing touchdowns: 1.5 (Over +130, Under -160)
Passing yards: 212.5 (Over -115, Under -115)
Passing makes an attempt: OFF
Passing completions: 19.5 (Over -110, Under -120)
Longest passing completion: 34.5 (Over -110, Under -120)
Interceptions: 0.5 (Over +110, Under -140)
Rushing yards: 13.5 (Over -115, Under -115)

The Colts relied on the run sport closely towards the New England Patriots final week. So closely that Wentz accomplished 5 of 12 passes for 57 yards, one landing and one interception. It’s higher to go off of his averages as a substitute of the final two video games. Wentz is averaging a profession-low 214.6 passing yards per sport. That’s nonetheless above this week’s line, and if Taylor is not dominating on the bottom early or the Cardinals strike early, Wentz might be throwing the ball. Remember, Wentz threw for 306 yards towards the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

While the lean is to the Over on yards, I’ve no learn on completions numbers. Wentz may hit a deep shot or two within the passing sport the place the Over on yards hits however the Under on every thing else wins. Passing touchdowns lean is Over due to the juice. He’s thrown a number of touchdowns in eight of 14 video games performed. 

Kyler Murray props


Passing touchdowns: 1.5 (Over -130, Under +100)
Passing yards: 262.5 (Over -115, Under -115)
Passing makes an attempt: OFF
Passing completions: OFF
Longest passing completion: 37.5 (Over -110, Under -120)
Interceptions: 0.5 (Over -150, Under +120)
Rushing yards: 27.5 (Over -115, Under -115)

I’m going to take a flier on the Over in passing yards. Murray is averaging a profession-excessive 276.3 passing yards per sport and we may see extra passing if James Conner, who’s questionable, is inactive. The 1.5 passing touchdowns lean is to the Over as properly, however I will not be taking part in his speeding yards prop. Murray may go for 61 yards like he did towards the Los Angeles Rams or 3 yards like final week. 

Player props 

T.Y. Hilton receiving yards: Over 23.5 (+100). SportsLine knowledge scientist Stephen Oh alerted me to this prop. Hilton has gone Over this quantity in two out of the final 4 video games and the Cardinals protection is permitting almost 50 extra passing yards at house than on the highway. Oh’s simulations have Hilton with over 30 receiving yards.

Christian Kirk receiving yards: Over 58.5 (-115). With DeAndre Hopkins out, Kirk is probably going going to be the main receiver transferring ahead. He caught three passes for 86 yards towards the Rams and 9 passes for 94 yards and a landing final week towards the Lions on 12 targets. I see him going Over this quantity on Christmas.  

Jonathan Taylor speeding makes an attempt: Over 20.5 (-125). Even if Taylor does not pop off for 170 yards once more, Frank Reich goes to feed him. He’s coated this quantity in 4 out of the final 5 video games. The one sport in query got here towards the Buccaneers, when he carried the ball 16 occasions. Fans have been screaming for him to get extra carries that sport.