When the Cowboys (8-3) host the Colts (4-7-1) in the penultimate game of NFL Week 13 on “Sunday Night Football” (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC), they’ll be looking to head on home.
Dallas has had a long week after playing and beating the Giants on the traditional Thanksgiving Thursday. Indianapolis, on the other hand, played and lost to Pittsburgh at home on Monday night.
The Cowboys have built on their 2021 momentum and done so with defensive and running play, with Dak Prescott not having to do as much when coming back from his recent injury. The Colts got a little spark from interim manager Jeff Saturday, but issues surrounding Matt Ryan have resurfaced to leave them offensively incapable.
Here’s everything you need to know about Cowboys vs Colts betting in week 13, including updated odds, trends and our Sunday Night Soccer prediction.
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Cowboys vs Colts Sunday Night Football Odds
- Spread: Cowboys until 10.5
- About Below: 44.5
- money line: Colts +400, Cowboys -550
The Cowboys were circling for double-digit favorites and got there late in the week and picked up an extra point in their favor. The Colts hobble in and fade away for a prime time challenge.
(Betting Odds per Bet MGM)
Cowboys vs. Colts All-Time Series
Surprisingly, the teams only played 17 times. The Cowboys won 10 of the meetings. The Colts shut out the Cowboys 23-0 in the last matchup in 2018. Before that, the Cowboys had won their last three games since ’06.
Three trends to get to know
– Bettors are split 50-50 on whether the Cowboys will handle the big numbers or the Colts will play well this time in prime time.
– Bettors tend to be in excess when it comes to totals, reaching a whopping 62 percent.
– The Colts are 5-7 against the spread this season with just three games over. The Cowboys are 7-4 ATS with four games over.
Three things to see
The Cowboys Running Game
The Colts’ run defense isn’t good when linebacker Shaquille Leonard isn’t part of the defense. They gave up 172 yards to rush to the Steelers last week. The Cowboys just dumped 169 on the Giants with Ezekiel Elliott, Tony Pollard and others.
The running game of the Colts
The Cowboys just knocked out Saquon Barkley and held him for 39 yards with 11 carries. The Steelers won by holding off Jonathan Taylor for 86 yards on 20 carries. Taylor needs to explode in this duel to give the Colts a chance with Ryan.
Saturday on Monday
After beating the Raiders and advancing the Eagles, the Colts disbanded against the Steelers, with Saturday’s first game management issues as head coach. His team will face a hostile environment against a powerful, well-trained opponent. He has to dig deep into his pockets with motivation and intrigues to spot possible upsets.
Statistics that count
43 against 45. The first number is how many sacks the Colts have conceded this season, the worst in the NFL. The second number is how many sacks the Cowboys defense has, led by NFL No. 1 Micah Parsons. Nothing needs to be given here. Dallas should dominate up front with a lot of pressure on Ryan.
Cowboys vs. Colts Prediction
The Cowboys will grind offensively with a good mix of running and interludes from Prescott. They’ll be fine getting more field goals from Brett Maher to fill up the lead. Ryan is under siege once Taylor is contained and is also hurt by a negative game script.
Cowboys 30, Colts 14