The starting line for Monday Night Football’s Week 16 showdown between the Los Angeles Chargers (8-6, 4-3 on the road) and the Indianapolis Colts (7-9, 3-2 at home) was a pick’em little over a week ago at Caesars Sportsbook (among others) (4-9-1, 2-4 home).
But the home team’s constant quarterback turnover and a series of significant injuries have altered the dynamic. A combination of factors has contributed to the Chargers being 4-point road favorites, including their necessity to keep winning to maintain pace in the AFC’s tight postseason race.
As of right now, they are ninth in the 2023 Super Bowl chances, and they have a team that might make some waves. The Bolts’ defense is on fire as of late, allowing just 51 points over their previous three games. According to Bet OKbet Sports they rank ninth in scoring at 22.3 points per game.
Chargers vs Colts ATS Betting Splits
Almost eighty percent of bettors on this NFL clash think the Chargers will win and cover the spread.
The Chargers’ 8-5-1 record against the spread has them among the league’s top betting favorites. At 61.5%, they have the NFL’s fifth-best winning percentage. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Indy stands at 6-8-0 ATS, good for a 40% success record and a 25th overall position.
Los Angeles is a perfect 3-1-0 against the spread (ATS) when it is the betting favorite on the road. The Colts reached a new low last week when they lost to the Minnesota Vikings despite having a 33-point lead.
Our preview of the Chargers against. Colts explains how interim head coach Jeff Saturday will have to overcome several obstacles to lead his squad to a competitive performance in a meaningless contest.
LA vs Indianapolis Total Betting Splits
The line for this game had risen to 50.5 points at Caesars before Indy’s catastrophic defeat on Saturday. It has dropped to the mid-forties.
When presented with the revised estimate, the public is sharply divided, with 51% favoring “under.”
You should keep this in mind while making your player prop bets for Monday’s game between the Chargers and the Colts, since it has more to do with the roster churn currently taking place in Indianapolis.
Matt Ryan, a veteran, has been benched in favor of third-stringer Nick Foles for the second time this season. Foles has won the Super Bowl and the Super Bowl MVP award, but those achievements were undoubtedly his best in 2017.
The Eagles quarterback has failed to complete a pass this year. The Colts have apparently had enough of rookie Sam Ehlinger as well after he performed poorly in both of his starts following Ryan’s initial benching. He’s been tapped to serve as backup.
After losing their top defensive player for the season in Shaq Leonard (back), the 2021 rushing champion Jonathan Taylor also went on IR with a high-ankle sprain. Now, it’s up to Deon Jackson and Zack Moss to man the back four.
Even though Los Angeles has only scored 27 points once since their bye in Week 8, they have won three of their past four games, including last week’s 17-14 victory over the Titans.
Tossing for 313 yards, Justin Herbert extended his streak of games with 300+ passing yards to three. His two interceptions were the first in four games he’s started.
Chargers vs Colts Moneyline Betting Splits
The Lakers are aiming to make the playoffs for the second time since 2014 and for the first time since 2018. After the Jaguars defeated the Jets on Thursday Night Football, the Colts were officially eliminated from postseason contention.
Like the total and spread, the moneyline has changed this week. The Chargers’ outright victory odds have moved from -154 only a week ago to the current -195 on DraftKings, after moving as high as -250 at certain online bookmakers.
An overwhelming majority (85%) of people are choosing LA to win, showing that they are backing with the more motivated team.