Indianapolis Colts Colts vs New York Giants Preview (1/1/23): Betting Odds, Prediction, Depth Chart

Indianapolis will travels to the Meadowlands and face the Giants this Sunday. What once was a rare matchup between the Manning brothers is now a contest between Daniel Jones and a very washed Nick Foles. Let’s take a look at the odds and matchups to see if the 4-10-1 Colts have any shot versus the 8-6-1 Giants.

Indianapolis Colts Vs. New York Giants Betting Odds

Vegas has the Giants favored by (-5.5) over the Colts (+5.5) in the Giants last home game of the season. The over/under is at 38.5 which is the 2nd lowest of the week, only behind the Steelers-Ravens total.

Indianapolis Colts Vs. New York Giants Prediction

Thanks to a win and tie over their division rival Commanders, the Giants will likely make the playoffs. Still, the Giants have lost 4 straight games against teams who aren’t the Commanders, so this Sunday they will look to break that streak. One positive note for the Giants offense is their playmakers emerged in their recent game against the Vikings. While everyone’s offensive weapons seem to put up good stats versus the Vikings defense, it’s still a confidence boost for the Giants to have Darius Slayton, Isaiah Hodgins, and Richie James Jr. all have at least 79 receiving yards. RB Saquon Barkley contributed 133 total scrimmage yards a touchdown as well. Getting these playmakers going will give the Giants a much better chance against the Colts and in the playoffs.

It’s safe to say the Jeff Saturday coaching experiment will not be successful like many predicted. In their past two games, the Colts blew a 33 point lead and then lost 20-3 on Monday Night Football. Saturday has only won one game this season, so it’s hard to see the Colts retaining him after the week 18. It’s also difficult to see the Colts not making another quarterback change after the season. The Colts will start Nick Foles for the second straight game since they benched Matt Ryan. However, Foles showed he is far from his Super Bowl MVP self or an upgrade over the immobile Matt Ryan. Amid RB Jonathan Taylor being placed on IR and Foles’ turnovers, don’t expect much offense from the Colts this Sunday.

I’m taking the Giants to beat the Colts. The Colts offense is pretty much a disaster and unfortunately their solid defense is not enough to overcome their offensive deficiencies. The Giants should be able to win this game no problem and clinch a playoff spot for the first time since 2016.

Prediction: Giants 21-10, Under hits.

Betting Trends

Under is 23-5 in Colts last 28 games following a double-digit loss at home.
Giants are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss.

Key Injuries

Indianapolis Colts Injuries: Kenny Moore (Q), Kylen Granson (Q), Isaiah Rodgers (Q),

New York Giants Injuries: Xavier McKinney (Q), Adoree’ Jackson (Q), Jordan Mosley (Q), Azeez Ojulari (Q), Shane Lemieux (O)

Check out the key matchups and mismatches for Colts vs Giants below.

Zack Moss vs the Giants Defensive Front

With Jonathon Taylor on IR, former Bills RB Zack Moss has been tabbed as his replacement for the last few games of the season. In his first start versus the Chargers on Monday, Moss averaged 5.4 yards per carry and ran for 65 yards. Moss has yet to show in his three seasons that he can be a game changing back, but the good news is he faces the Giants run defense which is 4th worst in the league. On average the Giants give up about 146 rushing yards per game which should benefit Moss. However, Moss and the Colts must keep the football secure as the Giants have forced 13 fumbles on the season, 2nd most in the league.

Daniel Jones vs Colts Defense

While Giants QB Daniel Jones isn’t breaking league records this season, he has impressed both fans and critics with his toughness and putting the Giants in position for a playoff spot for the first time since 2016. Jones had one of his best games as a passer last week when he completed 71.4% of his passes and threw for 334 yards. As a runner, Jones has accumulated 617 yards and 5 touchdowns on the season, which is the best rushing season he’s had so far in his career. This running ability also helps his passing game, like this impressive throw on the run touchdown to Isaiah Hodgins.

Indianapolis Colts Depth Chart

QB: Sam Ehlinger
RB1: Jonathan Taylor
RB2: Nyheim Hines
LWR: Alec Pierce
RWR: Parris Campbell
SWR: Michael Pittman Jr.
TE1: Mo Alie-Cox

New York Giants Depth Chart

QB: Daniel Jones
RB1: Sequin Barkley
RB2: Matt Breida
LWR: Kenny Golladay
RWR: Richie James
SWR: Darius Slayton
TE1: Tanner Hudson

A UCLA graduate, Eva is an experienced football writer who specializes in NFL game analysis and weekly storylines. In her free time you can usually find her cheering on the 49ers or watching the latest Josh Allen highlight clip.

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