Colts vs. Steelers best bets for Week 12

Jaleel Grandberry
Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. (11) makes a catch Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, during a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. (11) makes a catch Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, during a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. /

The Indianapolis Colts host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football. Here are the best bets for the Week 12 matchup.

Entering Week 12, the Indianapolis Colts find themselves at 4-6-1, and they’ll be hosting the 3-7 Pittsburgh Steelers for Monday Night Football. While both teams’ records leave much to be desired for a primetime matchup, the combination of both squads’ struggles and their competitiveness should make for a good game. The Steelers always bring a fight, and despite having just four wins on the season, the majority of Indy’s games have been close.

Even still, that may not be enough for a causal fan to stay up late on a Monday, after all, the last primetime game that the Colts were a part of was hilariously bad. If the action itself isn’t enough, there are plenty of good bets that can be placed for this game. Let’s take a look at some of the best bets for this Monday Night Matchup.

Best Colts bets Week 12

*All odds according to FanDuel*

3. Under 39.5 (-115)

Let’s be real, the under is a good bet for any game Indianapolis plays this season. The Colts’ offense hasn’t been consistently putting up points and that’s unlikely to change. Additionally, Indy’s defense is good, and they’ll be facing a struggling Pittsburgh offense. The combination of two bad offenses and a good defense means not a lot of points will be scored.

Indy averages just 15.7 points a game and the Steelers average 17. A combined 40 points would almost be a miracle. Additionally, as Iain MacMillan of BetSided highlighted, the under is 14-2 in Indy’s last 16 games. It’s likely picking up another win Monday night.

2. Jonathan Taylor over 19.5 rushing attempts (-114)

This is an easy one because it’s not asking how many yards will Jonathan Taylor get, just how many carries. In order for the over to hit, Taylor must have at least 20 carries. That seems like a given considering recent trends. Taylor hasn’t been having the season many expected him to have but he is getting touches.

In the eight games he’s played this season, Taylor has had at least 20 rushes in five of them. However, since Jeff Saturday became interim head coach, Saturday expressed that he wants to get Taylor touches, and that explains why JT had 22 carries in each of the first two Saturday-coached games. Monday night should be no different.

1. Parris Campbell over 44.5 receiving yards (-113)

Parris Campbell is playing the best and most consistent football of his NFL career right now and that’s expected to continue on Monday Night Football against the Steelers. Campbell needs just 45 receiving yards for this to be a successful bet and his recent games make that seem extremely reasonable for him.

In Week 11, Campbell had 67 receiving yards. In Week 10, Parris had 76 receiving yards. In fact, in four of Campbell’s last six games, he has had over 55 receiving yards. He has great chemistry with Matt Ryan, and with defenses focusing on Jonathan Taylor, Michael Pittman Jr., and Alec Pierce, Campbell is frequently able to exploit matchups. Expect more of that Monday night.

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