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NFL Betting Preview: Atlanta Falcons vs. Indianapolis Colts

December 24, 2023


The Indianapolis Colts will travel to Atlanta, Georgia to face the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in week 16 of the NFL season with the game scheduled to start at 1:00 PM ET on Sunday afternoon and will air on Fox.

 

Indianapolis enters this game having won five of their last six games including a 30-13 win at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers last week. If the playoffs started today the Colts would be in as the 7 seed in the AFC, however, they are in a tight competition with the Cincinnati Bengals, Houston Texans, and Buffalo Bills for the final two spots in the AFC Wild Card and trail the Cleveland Browns by a game for the 5 seed.

 

Indianapolis has been one of the better offenses in the league this season as they enter this game averaging 24.57 points per game which ranks 8th in the NFL while both their rushing offense and passing offense have been above-average as well. 

 

Zack Moss has become a star for the Colts in his first full season with the team as he leads the team in rushing with 764 rushing yards and five touchdowns while adding 27 receptions for 192 yards and two touchdowns. The Indianapolis Colts will look to take one step closer to locking up a spot in the playoffs when they travel to face the Atlanta Falcons.

 

The Atlanta Falcons enter this game with a record of 6-8 and are on a two-game losing streak with both losses coming against divisional opponents including last week’s 7-9 loss on the road against the Carolina Panthers.

 

The Falcons have struggled on offense for the majority of the season as they enter this game averaging the 7th fewest points per game in the league with an average of 18.43 points per game while Desmond Ridder has struggled in his 2nd season as the starting quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons as he enters this game having completed 224 of 354 attempts for 2,528 yards with ten touchdowns and ten interceptions while the Falcons have been a below-average passing offense as they are averaging 200.79 passing yards per game.

 

The Atlanta Falcons will look to end their two-game losing streak when they host the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday afternoon in week 16 of the NFL season.

 

BookMaker has the Atlanta Falcons listed as 1-point favorites at home against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday afternoon in week 16 of the NFL season. Indianapolis has won five of the last seven and two of the last three meetings while going 6-1 ATS in the last seven and 2-1 ATS in the last three games in the series.

 

The Indianapolis Colts are 9-5 ATS overall, 4-2 ATS on the road, and 4-5 ATS as an underdog this season while the Atlanta Falcons are 4-10 ATS overall, 2-5 ATS at home, and 2-8 ATS as a favorite on the year.

Indianapolis is the better team this season and has been the better team in the series, winning five of the last seven while going 6-1 ATS in those matchups.

 

The Colts have also been the better team at covering the spread this season as they are 9-5 ATS overall and 4-2 ATS on the road while the Falcons are 4-10 ATS overall and 2-5 ATS at home. Take the point with the Indianapolis Colts when they travel to face the Atlanta Falcons. 

 

Spooky Express Pick: Indianapolis Colts +1