Colts at Cowboys NFL Week 13 Betting Lines

Indianapolis Colts NFL Week 13 Betting Lines

Indianapolis Colts NFL Betting

Say what you will about the Jeff Saturday experience; the Indianapolis Colts have played with a much different spring in their step since Jim Irsay made the head scratching move to thrust head coaching duties into a former players hands. The team stands 1-2 SU and 2-1 ATS under his watch but could just as easily be undefeated had some things gone the team’s way. That loss to the Philadelphia Eagles still stings, and Monday night’s 24-17 loss to the Steelers also leaves a bad taste in the mouth. With likely no shot of making the playoffs moving forward, it’s all about playing for pride for the 2022-23 Indianapolis Colts moving forward. So what exactly will the team have for NFL bettors heading into another prime time matchup versus another NFC East opponent in the Dallas Cowboys?

On Sunday, December 4, 2022, the Indianapolis Colts will invade Big D looking to put an end to a two-game losing streak against the Dallas Cowboys. Take the Week 13 installment of Sunday Night Football in live on NBC at 8:20 p.m. ET.

NFL Week 13 Betting Odds

Indianapolis Colts +10.5

Dallas Cowboys -10.5

Total: 43.5

Money Line: Colts +447, Cowboys -600

Indianapolis Colts Week 13 Matchup

The lookahead lines hit the board with the Colts catching 9.5-points and the total lined at 45. Early wager reports find 62 percent of the bets and 88 percent of the money going the way of the heavily dogged Colts, yet the number to beat has since climbed to +10 at online sportsbooks with reduced -105 juice attached to Indy’s side of the impost. The Colts have been a decent wager in the underdog role to date in going 3-3 SU and 4-2 versus the closing NFL odds. This however is the first time the franchise has been installed a 10+ point underdog since the 2019 season; a scenario that’s seen the team go 2-8 SU and 5-5 ATS over the last 10 instances. Total bettors aren’t expecting points to hit the board with the total plummeting to 42 with linemakers unable to field any interest in the over.

Two huge factors are going against Indianapolis in this matchup that mustn’t be ignored. For starters, the Colts can’t keep their quarterbacks upright to save their lives evidenced by giving up a league-worst 43 sacks which equates to better than 3.5 per game. Now it must run up against Micah Parsons and Co. who owns the absolute best pressure rate in the NFL (40.5%). That doesn’t bode well for Matt Ryan surviving this game! Making matters even worse is Indy’s turnover rate which ranks out dead last along with the New Orleans Saints. After coughing it up two more times against the Steelers on Monday night, the Colts have given the pigskin away a league-high 21 times! Dallas has forced the seventh most turnovers overall – not good!

Rushing the ball with success is a must for Indianapolis to make a game of this. Though armed with the league’s No. 25 ranked rushing attack that’s managed fewer than 100 yards per game, it’s averaged 5.1 yards per carry under Saturday’s watch. This coincides with dare I say Jonathan Taylor being as close to if not 100 percent healthy. The Cowboys have shut opposing passing attacks down (No. 1), but has been beatable on the ground where they’ve served up over 130 yards per game (No. 24) and a healthy 4.7 yards per carry (No. 25). Provided the score doesn’t get out of hand early, it would make little if any sense for Saturday not to ride JT until the cows come home. It’s possible the Colts RB1 exceeds his rushing prop a fourth straight time!

Indianapolis Colts Week 12 Recap

The Colts pulled a no-show in the first 30 minutes of Monday night’s showdown with the Steelers. But after going into the break trailing 16-3, Indy burst out of the gates in the second half to claim a 17-16 lead at the tail end of the third quarter. Unfortunately, it went scoreless the rest of the way and allowed Pittsburgh to tally the go-ahead touchdown and 2-point conversion to escape Lucas Oil Stadium with the 24-17 win in tow. The Colts lost the time of possession battle by nearly 10 minutes, lost the turnover battle 2-0, only managed to convert 25 percent of its 12 third down tries, and was out-first downed 22-19. It also conceded 172 yards on the ground even with Najee Harris not partaking in the second half. Yup, they deserved to lose this one!

Indianapolis Colts Schedule & Results

Week 1 at Houston Texans T 20-20 0-0-1
Week 2 at Jacksonville Jaguars L 0-24 0-1-1
Week 3 vs. Kansas City Chiefs W 20-17 1-1-1
Week 4 vs. Tennessee Titans L 17-24 1-2-1
Week 5 at Denver Broncos W 12-9 (OT) 2-2-1
Week 6 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars W 34-27 3-2-1
Week 7 at Tennessee Titans L 10-19 3-3-1
Week 8 vs. Washington Commanders L 16-17 3-4-1
Week 9 at New England Patriots L 3-26 3-5-1
Week 10 at Las Vegas Raiders W 25-20 4-5-1
Week 11 vs. Philadelphia Eagles L 16-17 4-6-1
Week 12 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers L 17-24 4-7-1
Week 13 at Dallas Cowboys - -
Week 14 BYE
Week 15 at Minnesota Vikings - -
Week 16 vs. Los Angeles Chargers - -
Week 17 at New York Giants - -
Week 18 vs. Houston Texans - -

Despite their 2021 collapse, the Colts still carry enough credibility to make four prime time TV appearances with the potential for a couple more in the flex schedule weeks.

In week five, the Colts will play at the Denver Broncos in a Prime Video appearance on Thursday, October 6. The game features two traded superstar quarterbacks; Matt Ryan of the Colts and Russell Wilson of the Broncos.

Indianapolis will host the Pittsburgh Steelers in a week 12 ESPN Monday Night Football appearance on November 28. Pittsburgh fans are hoping the rookie first round pick Kenny Pickett will be the starting quarterback well before this game.

The very next week, Indianapolis will play at the Dallas Cowboys on NBC Sunday Night Football. December 4 is the date for that interconference matchup.

Monday Night Football gets the Colts again in week 16 as the Los Angeles Chargers will visit Indianapolis on December 26. This game is likely to have major AFC playoff implications.

NFL Football Picks

Indianapolis Colts Past Seasons (2000)

2021 9-8 None
2020 11-5 Lost Wild Card Round
2019 7-9 None
2018 10-6 Lost Divisional Round
2017 4-12 None
2016 8-8 None
2015 8-8 None
2014 11-5 Lost Conference Championship
2013 11-5 Lost Divisional Round
2012 11-5 Lost Wild Card Round
2011 2-14 None
2010 10-6 Lost Wild Card Round
2009 14-2 Lost Super Bowl
2008 12-4 Lost Wild Card Round
2007 13-3 Lost Divisional Round
2006 12-4 Won Super Bowl
2005 14-2 Lost Divisional Round
2004 12-4 Lost Divisional Round
2003 12-4 Lost Conference Championship
2002 10-6 Lost Wild Card Round
2001 6-10 None
2000 10-6 Lost Wild Card Round

In 1984 during the middle of the night, the Baltimore Colts snuck out of town with Mayflower moving vans to take up residence in Indianapolis, Indiana. For Baltimore fans, it was a personal tragedy. For residents of the Hoosier State, the Colts gave them a much-needed big league status.

The Baltimore Colts were one of the most successful franchises in NFL history. Led by the famed Johnny Unitas at quarterback, the Colts put the NFL on the map with their overtime win at the New York Giants in the 1958 championship game. The Colts also suffered the greatest upset loss in history. In Super Bowl III, the New York Jets defeated the Colts 16-7 as 18.5-point underdogs. Baltimore went on to win Super Bowl V two years later.

Since 1995 the Colts have been one of the most successful franchises in pro football. Indianapolis has missed the playoffs just nine times since then. Of course, much of that success was due to Peyton Manning, who led them to two Super Bowl appearances with one win. Indeed, Lucas Oil Stadium is the House that Peyton Built.

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