Indianapolis @ N.Y. Giants
Indianapolis +5½ -108 over N.Y. Giants

Posted at 12:15 PM EST odds are subject to change.

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Indianapolis +5½ over N.Y. Giants

1:00 PM EST. It’s nearly impossible to come up with the words to pump up the pathetic Colts (who blew the biggest lead ever two weeks ago, and then chased that with a no show on Sunday Night Football last week) while keeping a straight face, so we’re not going to bother. Even if we were wordsmiths the likes of Shakespeare, Dickens, Tolkien, or Poe, those words about a beaten down old horse, gasping for its last breaths, desperate to be put out of its misery back behind the barn, would fall on deaf ears.

With the Colts out of the way, let’s put the spotlight on the Giants, where it should be, as Big Blue can clinch a playoff spot with a win here or next week against the Eagles. If we were to ask 100 people about who they would rather face given those two choices, we’re sure 100 people would answer “Indianapolis.” If we know this, surely the Giants know this, too. That’s a lot of pressure, no?

While technically this is not a “must win” for the Giants, there is going to be a ton of heat if they do not knock off the lowly Colts and lock in that spot. We don’t care who dresses for the Eagles next week, if they have the chance to send the Giants home, they are going to throw the kitchen sink at the G-Men. If anything, there would be MORE pressure on the Giants to win in a game against the Philadelphia reserves than there is to beat this downtrodden Indy side.

If the Giants were a team that was underperforming or even one that was performing at its talent level, we might not be so eager to suggest they are going to crumble under the immense pressure of the biggest media market in the league and in the shadow of their roommates, who are also contending for a postseason position, but that’s not the case.

The G-Men’s current standing is so far above their talent level that it would make most politicians blush. A quick look at the analytics shows us that the Giants are just the 23rd ranked squat by Weighted DVOA ( Defense-adjusted Value Over Average), which values the games played most recently to assess a team’s current form. For some perspective, the Jets are 13th. The four NFC teams that all trail the Giants are all ranked higher than them—Washington-19th, Seattle-10th, Detroit-9 and Green Bay-11th. There are no bigger frauds in this league than the Giants, and surely they know it. Careful, boys, this old Blue Horseshoe is priced like it has one more good swift kick in the ass left in it.

Our Pick

Indianapolis +5½ -108 (Risking 2.16 units - To Win: 2.00)