Dallas Cowboys vs. Indianapolis Colts

Upstart Cowboys and Colts Face Important Pro Football Betting Showdown

December 13th, 2018 NFL Football

At the onset of the season Indianapolis was not a top Pro Football betting favorite for a playoff spot.  But the Colts have become one of the more improved and complete teams in the NFL this year.  Not to mention one of the hotter teams heading into the NFL stretch run.  Dallas has emerged as a top NFC playoff contender thanks to a defense that is among the best in pro football.  Of great concern is an offense that is not firing on all cylinders.  Dallas has overcome a slow start emerge as a division leader.

Dallas Cowboys vs. Indianapolis Colts

Date and Time:  Sunday, December 16, 2018, 1 p.m. ET

Location:  Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana

Pro Football betting odds at SBG:

TeamSpreadTotal
Cowboys+2½ (EV)47 (-105)
Colts-2½ (-120)47 (-115)
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Cowboys vs. Colts TV Coverage:  FOX

Dallas Cowboys

Owing to a five-game winning streak does Dallas now control the NFC East.  The Cowboys boast a Pro Football betting record of 8-5 both straight up and vs. the odds with 6-7 under the total.  Last week Dallas scored a 29-23 overtime home payout over Philadelphia.  It was also their fifth consecutive payout.  Starting with a defense that ranks second in the NFL for points allowed comes the Cowboys success.  Offensively there has been modest improvement to now rank 21st in the league.  Correspondingly quarterback Dak Prescott has a 96.7 rating with 17 touchdown passes and just seven interceptions.

Indianapolis Colts

Certainly, Indianapolis is coming off their biggest win of the season, 24-21 at Houston.  As a result, the Colts now have a sportsbook online record of 7-6 straight up, 6-6-1 against the spread, and 6-7 under the total.  On the whole the Colts are a team with good balance.  Indy ranks eighth in the NFL for total offense and 11th for defense. Quarterback Andrew Luck has a 99.2 with 34 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.  Increasingly head coach Frank Reich has made a tremendous difference for the Colts and Luck.  Reich is a former NFL quarterback with plenty of credibility.

Stats to Consider

Dallas has been a decent betting value on the road recently.  As an example, the Cowboys have lost just four of their last 13 games with the line away from home. Dallas has gone under the total in nine of their last 10 away matchups.  Counter to that are the struggles of the Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium.  Indy has paid in just three of their last nine home games.  Eight of the Colts last 11 home games have gone under the total.

Team vs. Team

Dallas has dominated their head to head series with the Colts.  Consider that the Cowboys have won and covered their last three games with Indianapolis.  Three of the last four between these teams have gone under the total.

Matchup to Watch

It follows that both of these teams have emerged into impressive Pro Football betting surprises.  Additionally, each team is coming off emotional high-profile wins.  So too are they in their best form of the season.  Prescott and Luck are playing their best football all year.  Therefore, with all being equal the dog is always the place to look first.  As mentioned earlier Indianapolis has struggled as a home chalk.  And against Dallas.

Cowboys vs. Colts Pro Football Betting Picks

To conclude Dallas is the call!

Cowboys vs. Colts Pro Football Betting Pick:  Dallas Cowboys

Cowboys vs. Colts Pro Football Betting Score Prediction:  Cowboys 21, Colts 20

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