Colts vs. Cardinals on Christmas

The Indianapolis Colts are trending the best route. The Arizona Cardinals try to cease a current slide.

The Colts really feel nice, contemplating they’ve the most Professional Bowl alternatives within the NFL.

If momentum means something, the Colts ought to win in NFL Week 16 motion. However momentum could be a fickle factor.

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The Cardinals need to regroup after an embarrassing loss to the Lions the place they had been outplayed in each space. The Colts beat the Patriots final week with their run recreation keying the win. I feel Arizona will bounce again right here and play nicely as they put the sport on Carson Wentz. In that state of affairs, Arizona will get the perfect of it.

I am basing this choose largely off Indianapolis’ working recreation exploiting an Arizona run protection I have been suspicious of all season. Nonetheless, if the Colts’ offensive line will not be at full energy — Professional Bowl LG Quenton Nelson missed follow this week with an sickness — I’ll flip again to the Cardinals.

The Cardinals have fallen, they usually can’t rise up. The Colts have gotten up, they usually’re not about to go down.

The Cardinals are coming off an embarrassing loss to the Lions, however they return dwelling. Kyler Murray will make some dazzling performs in opposition to the Colts’ protection, however can the Cardinals decelerate MVP candidate Jonathan Taylor? The star working again averages 20.5 carries on the highway, the place the Colts are 4-2. That protection and working recreation travels in a thriller.

Arizona has an excessive amount of expertise to blow it once more, and I feel final 12 months’s collapse was a studying expertise. I nonetheless do not completely belief the Colts, who could also be due for a highway letdown after that large win over the New England Patriots.

Precisely who Cardinals don’t need to see, particularly after giving up a bunch of speeding yards to Detroit. Arizona will not be the identical with out a wholesome DeAndre Hopkins. Huge evening for Jonathan Taylor.

I am a bit of shocked the road hasn’t moved to make the Colts favorites on this recreation, however possibly we’re overselling the Cardinals issues? The Colts additionally made it VERY clear how vital the sport in opposition to New England was. Frank Reich principally described it as their Tremendous Bowl. When you’re prepared to discard the 2019 “Andrew Luck Retires Throughout Coaching Camp” season, Reich is 10-2 in December (1-4 in 2019). Matt Eberflus’ protection merely does not surrender large speeding video games to cellular quarterbacks. A number of video games in opposition to Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson the final two years have resulted in minimal injury on the bottom.

I am a bit of shocked the Cardinals are favored on this recreation, for the reason that Colts are one of many hottest groups within the NFL, whereas the Cardinals have misplaced two straight, together with a foul, lopsided loss to the Lions. Indy’s quick, swarming protection has been spectacular, and Jonathan Taylor is a legit MVP candidate. So long as Carson Wentz does not exit of his solution to mess it up (like he nearly did in opposition to the Patri*ts final Saturday), this crew ought to proceed to cruise.

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