Colts at Cardinals odds, picks: Point spread, total, player props, trends, streaming for Christmas day – CBS Sports
Merry Christmas to you and yours, and we were given quite a gift in the form of this holiday NFL doubleheader. The Indianapolis Colts, who have now won two straight, take their talents to Arizona, to play Kyler Murray and the Cardinals. While the Cardinals were long viewed as the best team in the NFL, they have dropped two straight — including an inexplicable loss to the Detroit Lions last week. This matchup presents an opportunity for them not only to get back on track, but to prove that they are still a legitimate Super Bowl contender.
The Colts have hopped on the back of second-year running back Jonathan Taylor, and he’s quickly found himself in the MVP conversation. Taylor leads the NFL with 1,518 rushing yards, 17 rushing touchdowns and averages a second-best 5.6 yards per rush. Stopping him will be a key to victory for Arizona.
Below, we will break down this special matchup from a gambling perspective and examine the line movement, Over/Under and player props to consider. First, here’s how you can watch Saturday night’s matchup.
All NFL odds are via Caesars Sportsbook.
How to watch
Date: Saturday, Dec. 25 | Time: 8:15 p.m. ET
Location: State Farm Stadium (Glendale, AZ)
TV: NFL Network | Stream: fuboTV (try for free)
Follow: CBS Sports App
Odds: Cardinals -1, O/U 49
This line opened at Cardinals -4.5 last Tuesday, but began to fall. It fell a full point to Cardinals -3.5 on Thursday and then to Cardinals -2 on Sunday night. Monday morning, it fell another half point to Cardinals -1.5 and then to a pick’em on Tuesday. On Thursday, the Cardinals then found themselves a one-point favorite.
The pick: Cardinals -1. So, we have one team coming off of a monster win while the other is coming off of an embarrassing loss. The public is beginning to view the Colts as a dark-horse postseason contender while simultaneously falling out of love with the Cardinals. This seems like a good spot to hop on Arizona. I also don’t like that Carson Wentz and Taylor will be without three starting offensive linemen in Quenton Nelson, Ryan Kelly and Mark Glowinski.
This total opened at 49 last Tuesday. It received a bump to 49.5 on Wednesday, but then fell a full point to 48.5 Sunday. It bumped back up to 49.5, but eventually settled at 49 by Christmas Eve.