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Game 15 preview
Sunday Dec 23, 1:00 PM - Giants at Indianapolis

Giants (5-9) vs Colts (8-6)
Last Sunday the Indianapolis Colts came up with an impressive shutout win over the Cowboys. They ended the Cowboys five game wining streak, and left town with a 23-0 victory.
On Sunday the Giants' fans were hit with a bad weather day. That, coupled with some poor play by their home team, resulted in a 17-0 loss to the visiting Tennessee Titans.
Giants - Titans Wrap-Up

Indianapolis Colts
The Colts have been out of the playoffs the past three years, going 8-8, 8-8, and then 4-12 to finish last in their division. It didn't help that quarterback Andrew Luck missed the entire 2017 season after undergoing shoulder surgery. Things did not go well for them at the start of this season, and after six games, the Colts were a 1-5 team. They have gone on to win the last seven of eight games, which now has them at 8-6.
They are tied in the division with the Tennessee Titans, and both teams trail the 10-4 Houston Texans, who could take the division title with a win in Philadelphia over the Eagles on Sunday or the following week at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Looking at wildcard spots, the Titans play at home in their last two games, first with the Washington Redskins, then go at it head to head with the Colts.

Indianapolis Colts Offense
The offensive line is doing what it should for quarterback Andrew Luck. They have allowed only 16 sacks, which ties them with the New Orleans Saints for the lowest amount in the NFL. The Colts were missing center Ryan Kelly for three games, and before he went out, they had gone five straight games without allowing a sack. Last week with Kelly back, Marlon Mack credited the offensive line for allowing him to do the most damage, running over the Cowboys for a career high 139 yards and two touchdowns.
Wide receiver T.Y. Hilton leads the Colts with his 67 receptions for 1,071 yards. Hilton is dealing with an ankle injury, but he managed to play last week even without practicing. Hilton said that he aggravated the ankle during the game, and he's listed as questionable after missing practices again this week. Tight end Eric Ebron is the second leading receiver, and he leads all tight ends in the league with his 12 touchdown catches.

Indianapolis Colts Defense
They're probably feeling pretty good after shutting out the Cowboys last week, and now they'll be playing a team that was just shut out by the Titans, a team in their same division. The Colts know the Titans defense very well, and that makes it just a bit easier to evaluate how they handled the Giants. The weather certainly played a factor for the Giants failures, but last Sunday they didn't even reach the red zone until the end of the game. Giants fans can hope that the Colts will be taking them lightly, looking past this game to a very important one the following week with the Titans.
All defenses know by now that their first priority will be stopping Saquon Barkley, who had been averaging 121 yards since the bye week, up until last weeks poor performance. The Colts have allowed 91 running back receptions this season, and Barkley can get things done that way as well. Rookie linebacker Darius Leonard has shown that he is good at stopping both the run and the pass. He's second on the team with 7 sacks, and leads the NFL in tackles with 146. Defensive end Denico Autry is the team leader with 9 sacks.

Giants Offense
They managed fine in their game against Washington playing without Odell Beckham Jr. who was dealing with a quadriceps injury. They failed miserably last week when he still couldn't play. Now the Giants have ruled out Beckham for a third straight game, and it's possible the hometown fans my not get to see him in the final game of the season with the Cowboys. Defenses put a lot of attention on Beckham, and in the three games leading up to his injury, he'd been targeted less than only one other game this season. Sterling Shepard is the second leading receiver on the team, but without the 'Beckham distraction factor' going for him, over the last two games, Shepard's caught only 4 of the 15 passes thrown his way.
You could say that the rain and wind played a big part in hindering the passing game last week. Eli Manning didn't do well, and there were six dropped passes by his receivers. The offensive line was subpar with their blocking for Manning, and running back Saquon Barkley. Barkley ran for only 31 yards on 14 carries, which included one long 17-yarder. This week the offensive line will be without injured center Spencer Pulley, and wide receiver Russell Shepard is out as well.

Giants Defense
Last week the defense was overwhelmed by the Titans offensive line, and by Derrick Henry, who rushed 33 times for 170 yards and two touchdowns. Overall, the Titans gained a total of 216 yards on the ground. The Giants run defense has suffered since they traded Damon Harrison to Detroit for a fifth-round pick, and that weakness certainly became apparent. Defensive coordinator James Bettcher said that 'Overall, we need to tackle better. A hundred yards rushing in last week’s game came after missed tackles.' The players will have to heed that 'advice' to contain Marlon Mack.
The passing defense wasn't challenged last week, as the Titans were content using Henry to do the damage, but this week instead of quarterback Marcus Mariota, it will be Andrew Luck. Surprisingly, Luck threw no touchdown passes in his teams 23-0 shutout over the Cowboys, but he kept the ball moving, and the Colts punted on only one of eight drives. The Giants still struggle at rushing the passer, and they'll now have to deal with the best offense in the NFL on third down plays.

You know anything can happen in these football games. Just two games ago, the Jacksonville Jaguars managed to beat the Colts 6-0. The Jaguars had lost seven in a row up to that point, and the Colts were on a five game winning streak. The Colts are hoping that the Titans and the Ravens are on Santa's naughty list and receive coal in their two individual games played on Saturday.
That's likewise for the Steelers, playing after this game the Colts have with the Giants. Up until last week the Giants looked like they were putting things together. If it was just a misstep, then they could give the Colts maybe more than they will be expecting, especially if their thoughts stray to the upcoming game with the Titans in Tennessee.

NFC East Games
Saturday at 4:30pm Redskins (7-7) at Titans (8-6).
Sunday at 1:00pm Giants (5-9) at Colts (8-6).
Sunday at 1:00pm Bucs (5-9) at Cowboys (8-6).
Sunday at 1:00pm Texans (10-4) at Eagles (7-7).
The Cowboys and Eagles are the only NFC East teams favored to win in these games.
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