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NFL Betting Preview: Indianapolis Colts vs. Las Vegas Raiders

December 31, 2023


The Las Vegas Raiders will travel to Indianapolis, Indiana to face the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium in week 17 of the NFL season with the game scheduled to start at 1:00 PM ET on Sunday afternoon and will air on CBS.



Las Vegas enters this game on a two-game winning streak following a 20-14 win on the road against the Kansas City Chiefs in week 16 of the NFL season which improved their record to 7-8 and still keeps them alive in the playoff hunt for another week. The defense for the Raiders has been phenomenal over the previous three games as they are allowing an average of 12.67 points per game during that stretch while on offense Zamir White has also looked great during their winning streak as he has rushed for 215 yards and a touchdown while adding three receptions for 16 yards. The Las Vegas Raiders will look to extend their winning streak to three games when they travel to face the Indianapolis Colts.



The Indianapolis Colts have lost two of their last three games including a 10-29 loss on the road against the Atlanta Falcons in week 16 and they enter this game with a record of 8-7 and are in 2nd place in the AFC South. The Colts would be in the playoffs if they started today and would be the 7 seed in the AFC Playoffs. Indianapolis has been an above-average offense this season as they are averaging 23.6 points per game which ranks 9th in the NFL while also having an above-average passing and rushing offense. Gardner Minshew has had a solid season since taking over for Anthony Richardson and enters this game having completed 277 of 443 attempts for 2,940 yards with 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions while rushing for 88 yards and three touchdowns. However, defensively, the Colts have one of the worst scoring defenses in the NFL as they enter this game allowing the 5th most points per game with an average of 24.8 points per game. The Indianapolis Colts will look to bounce back following the loss on the road against the Falcons when they host the Las Vegas Raiders in week 17 of the NFL season.



BookMaker has the Indianapolis Colts listed as 3-point favorites at home against the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday afternoon in week 17 of the NFL season. Indianapolis has won seven of the last ten and two of the last three meetings. The teams are 5-5 ATS in the last ten while the Colts are 2-1 ATS in the last three games in the series. The Las Vegas Raiders are 8-6-1 ATS overall, 3-4 ATS on the road, and 4-4-1 ATS as an underdog this season while the Indianapolis Colts are 9-6 ATS overall, 4-3 ATS at home, and 5-0 ATS as a favorite on the year.



Indianapolis has been the better team this season and in the series, winning seven of the last ten and two of the last three meetings. The Colts have also been the better team most recently in the series at covering the spread going 2-1 ATS in the last three games while also covering the spread in every game they have been a favorite in this season as they are 5-0 ATS as a favorite. As a result, I am laying the points with the Indianapolis Colts when they host the Las Vegas Raiders in week 17 of the NFL season. 



Spooky Express Pick: Indianapolis Colts -3