Los Angeles Chargers (8-6) vs. Indianapolis Colts (4-9-1)
Week 16 of the 2022 NFL season concludes with Monday Night Football from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana, where the Los Angeles Chargers take on the Indianapolis Colts. These two AFC foes meet for the first time since 2019 when the Chargers beat the Colts 30-24 as hometown favorites by 6 points.
Los Angeles is a 4.5-point favorite this time around. Indianapolis has a money line odds of +185, while the totals are listed at 46.0 points.
Chargers aim for their third straight win
The Los Angeles Chargers (8-6; 8-5-1 ATS) are coming off a huge 17-14 win over the Tennessee Titans in Week 15. The Chargers outscored the Titans 365-284 in total yards and escaped with a win thanks to to Cameron Dicker’s 43-yard field goal with four seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. Tennessee tied the game 14-14 with 48 seconds left, but Justin Herbert completed a 35-yard pass to Mike Williams to put the Chargers in field goal range.
“We’ve been practicing two-minute runs the entire time in practice and throughout camp. We know we have special receivers, great offensive line blocking and Mike Williams goes and makes plays,” Herbert said. said. “To be able to go through that and deal with as much adversity as we did today and not be able to score points and turnovers and things like that, for those guys to hold their ground and believe in defense and believe in each other, that’s really was good to see it for us.”
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Herbert completed 28 of 42 passes for 313 yards and a pair of interceptions against the Titans. He didn’t throw a touchdown for the third time in 46 career games. Keenan Allen had eight receptions for 86 yards, while Mike Williams had four receptions for 67 yards. Running backs Austin Ekeler and Joshua Kelly each had a TD, combining for 82 rushing yards on 22 carries.
The Chargers have won three of their last four contests, including the previous two. They’ve covered just once in that four-game stretch along with a push against the Titans. Herbert has thrown for 1,289 yards, five touchdowns and a pair of interceptions in the past four weeks. He has passed the 300-yard mark in three straight outings.
The Colts made history in Week 15
The Indianapolis Colts (4-9-1; 6-8 ATS) suffered a tough 39-36 overtime loss to the Minnesota Vikings in Week 15, extending their losing streak to four games. The Colts blew a massive 33-0 halftime lead, allowing the Vikings to mount the greatest comeback in NFL history. Indy won the turnover battle 3-1 but produced a whopping 518 total yards. The Colts had 171 rushing yards despite Jonathan Taylor being left early in the first quarter with an ankle injury. Taylor will miss the remainder of the season.
“When you get a chance to push people away, we’ve got to do a better job than we’ve done up to this point,” Indianapolis quarterback Matt Ryan said. said.
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) December 22, 2022
Matt Ryan completed 19 of his 33 pass attempts for 182 yards and a touchdown this past weekend. Michael Pittman Jr. had ten receptions for 60 yards and added 30 yards on a pair of totes, while Zack Moss had 81 yards on 24 carries. Chase McLaughlin made all five of his field goal attempts, and the Colts’ defense and special team contributed a pair of scores.
Ryan will be benched in Week 16, while Nick Foles will start at center. Foles played a couple of snaps in Week 2, but didn’t make any pass attempts.
“I just didn’t feel like we made enough plays offensively.” said on Saturday when asked what was the deciding factor in making a trade. “It’s no secret, we haven’t made in the red zone and ultimately you have to make plays in the NFL and we’re not making enough explosive plays and we’re not making plays in the red zone.”
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While the Colts’ season is over, the Chargers desperately need a win to stay in the playoff picture. Los Angeles can finally have its best wide receivers, and the Chargers’ defense has improved a lot in recent weeks, so I’m going with the visitors to win and cover a 4.5-point difference.
The Colts might be motivated to bounce back from a stunning loss in Week 15, but their offense is a mess. I highly doubt his chances of keeping up with the Chargers, who have allowed just 31 points in the past two weeks. The Colts are 2-12 ATS in their last 14 home games against the Chargers, who have covered the difference in five of their previous seven road appearances.
Prediction: Take Los Angeles Chargers -4.5 (-110)
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I hope to see a better performance from the Colts’ defensive unit after that embarrassment against the Vikings. If that happens and the Chargers continue to play solid defense, we’ll see less than 47 points on the scoreboard. The Colts have reached a 20-point mark twice in their last eight outings.
The under is 11-3 in Indy’s last 14 games against the AFC. Additionally, the deficit is 5-2 in the Chargers’ last seven games overall, and 6-3 in the previous nine meetings between the Chargers and Colts.
Prediction: Go below 46.0 points (-110)
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