Colts vs. Chargers best bets for Week 16

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. /
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The Indianapolis Colts play the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday Night. Here are the best bets for the primetime Week 16 matchup.

The Indianapolis Colts are back in the spotlight for another nationally televised game in Week 16. This time, the Colts will be taking on the Los Angeles Chargers. Indy is a struggling 4-9-1; the Chargers are 8-6, and both teams are going in different directions. Indianapolis has already been eliminated from the playoff race and Los Angeles is trying to clinch a spot. Despite both teams having different motivations, Indy will try to avoid another embarrassment on the National stage.

Despite the Chargers being favorites to win, both teams typically end up in close games, so it should be a competitive game. That means there will be a lot of good action. Here is the best bets for the Week 16 Monday Night Football matchup.

Best Colts bets Week 16

*All odds according to FanDuel*

3. Deon Jackson over 31.5 rushing yards (-114)

With Jonathan Taylor sidelined for the remainder of the season, Deon Jackson and Zack Moss will be handling all of Indy’s backfield duties. With that in mind, Jackson rushing for 32 or more yards is a good bet. Although Indy’s offense hasn’t been good, Jackson usually picks up a nice amount of yards when he receives significant carries.

Jackson has had 10 or more carries in four games this season, and in three of those games, he’s been well over 32 yards. The only time he fell short was against the stout New England Patriots’ defense. With Jackson likely to receive at least 10 carries on Monday, he should clear 31.5 yards.

2. Jelani Woods over 22.5 receiving yards (-114)

Everyone can agree that Jelani Woods has been underused, however, he still has about one big catch a game that forces fans to question why the Colts aren’t using him more. In Indy’s last game, Woods was targeted once and had one reception for 36 yards. In the game before that, he had two receptions for 28 yards. Before that, it was eight catches for 98 yards. So whether Woods is targeted nine times or once, he’ll probably have a reception for more than 22 yards.

1. Michael Pittman Jr. over 5.5 receptions (-114)

Michael Pittman Jr. hasn’t been having his best season and Indy’s passing game as a whole has been inconsistent. However, Pittman does consistently get receptions. In Week 15 against the Vikings, Pittman had 10 receptions. He’s had six or more receptions in nine of the 13 games he’s played this season, including in four of his last five. Expect at least six more catches on Monday night.

Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.