Panthers vs. Colts Total Prediction

Carolina Panthers vs. Indianapolis Colts, 12/20/19 NFL Week 16 Predictions

After they were officially eliminated from playoff contention on Monday night in New Orleans, the Colts will be playing for pride on Sunday when they host the Panthers at 1:00 p.m. ET. With the total sitting at 46.5 points, what’s the best play for bettors?

Game Snapshot

471 Carolina Panthers (+6.5) at 472 Indianapolis Colts (-6.5); O/U 46.5

1:00 p.m. ET, Sunday, December 22, 2019

Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN

Public Betting Trends

According to our NFL Football Public Betting Chart page, the Panthers are receiving 53% of the betting tickets from online sportsbooks.

Carolina Panthers Fantasy Spin

Panthers interim coach Perry Fewell has confirmed Will Grier will start against the Colts. Early-week reports were apparently neither confirmed nor denied. Now they have been formalized. Grier drew major hype in certain segments of the draft world, but it is a major red flag that the third-rounder could not beat out Kyle Allen for No. 2 duties. The 24-year-old was truly awful in the preseason. All that being said, giving Grier a look for the final two games of a lost season is still the right move for the in-transition Panthers. Even though he's facing a defense that literally forced only one incompletion in Week 15, Grier is not worth a QB2 dice roll for the fantasy finals.

Indianapolis Colts Fantasy Spin

Jacoby Brissett completed just 18-of-34 passes for 165 scoreless yards in the Colts' 34-7, Week 15 loss to the Saints Monday night. After starting the season 5-2, the Colts have gone 1-6 over their last seven and were officially eliminated from playoff contention with this ugly loss. The offense barely moved the ball and didn't score until deep into the fourth quarter in garbage time via a one-yard Jordan Wilkins run following a gift pass-interference call in the end zone. Brissett has zero passing touchdowns in four of his last seven games and won't be a recommended fantasy option for Week 16 against the Panthers despite the plus on-paper matchup.

NFL Betting Trends

Carolina

The over is 6-0 in the Panthers’ last six games after accumulating more than 350 total yards in their previous game.

Indianapolis

The under is 10-4 in the Colts’ last 14 games after accumulating less than 250 total yards in their previous game.

Prediction

The over is 4-0 in the Panthers’ last four games overall, has cashed in four straight games when they’re coming off a loss and is 21-8 in their last 29 games as a road underdog. The over is also 6-2 in the Colts’ last eight games when they’re listed as a favorite, is 6-2 in their last eight home games and is 5-2 in their last seven games when they’re favored at Lucas Oil Stadium.

NFL Week 16 Prediction: Panthers/Colts OVER 46.5

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