The New York Giants have not experienced much success since winning Super Bowl XLVI at the end of the 2011 season. The team has finished with a record above .500 only once in the past six years and they have only made one playoff appearance in that time. Now, they face an equally important game in Week 17 against the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium.
The stakes are high, but with a win, the team could not just finish with a record above .500 but punch their ticket to this year’s playoffs as well – something that would be a huge triumph for Big Blue Nation after enduring such a long period of mediocrity. Fans will be watching what could be one of the biggest games for their beloved franchise in years and hopefully witnessing it prove to be a launching point for even greater successes to come.
Meanwhile, the Colts are one of the “already eliminated” teams and just playing the remaining games for draft picks. However, this might not be the case for the Colts who may want to end their season on a high note, just like what the Arizona Cardinals tried to do last week, but collapsing in the fourth period against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Will the Colts spoil the Giants’ success?
Colts-Giants Week 17 Odds/Game lines
|Via FanDuel Indiana Sportsbook||Spread||Total||Moneyline|
|Colts||+5.5 (-110)||Over 39.5 (-110)||+190|
|Giants||-5.5 (-110)||Under 39.5 (-110)||-230|
|Winning Margin (4-way)|
|IND by 1-13 (+240)||IND by 14+ (+900)||NY by 1-13 (+135)||NY by 14+ (+210)|
|Via DraftKings Indiana Sportsbook||Spread||Total||Moneyline|
|Colts||+5.5 (-110)||Over 39.5 (-110)||+185|
|Giants||-5.5 (-110)||Under 39.5 (-110)||-215|
One Step at a Time
The Giants will only be successful if their preparation for Sunday’s game is top-notch. That much was made clear by star running back Saquon Barkley when he called on fans to fill the stadium and make themselves heard.
With a crucial game against the Colts in the offing, head coach Brian Daboll has remained adamant that his team needs to take this one step at a time, approaching it as they would any other. The Giants may understand how high the stakes of this game are, yet they know they must stay focused on achieving their goal: going 1-0 come Sunday.
“What we can control is, again, the same stuff we try to control each week — making sure we’re prepared, ready to go and go out there and put our best foot forward,” Daboll said.
Colts Struggle Against the Spread
Monday night’s matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers was grim for the Indianapolis Colts, as Nick Foles was unable to resuscitate what had been a struggling offense under Matt Ryan. With many fans and analysts expecting a resurgence from Foles, his performance could only be described as a catastrophic failure — 143 passing yards and three interceptions, alongside seven sacks and 0-for-10 on 3rd down conversions, made it hard to imagine how the dismal outing could have been any worse.
What’s more, the Colts failed to achieve even one play of over 20 yards for the entire game — leaving New York 5.5-point favorites in an upcoming matchup that seems all but certain to end in yet another disappointment for Colts fans.
The Indianapolis Colts have been an incredibly disappointing ATS (against the spread) this season, with a 6-9 record. Even more concerning is that they have not performed well in games following a victory or loss – in their last seven after a game they covered, they are 2-5 ATS and 5 times out of their previous seven following a game they lost ATS.
They have failed to cover in six of their last nine games, making them one of the worst teams ATS throughout this NFL season.