There’s a lot on the line in this Week 17 matchup between the 7-8 Las Vegas Raiders and 8-7 Indianapolis Colts. The two teams are only separated by a game in the AFC Wild Card standings and each club’s playoff hopes drop below 25 percent — less than one percent for the Raiders—with a loss, per the NFL’s website.
If you’re interested in heightening the stakes even more for yourself, below is a look at Silver and Black Pride’s best prop bets, odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook.
The game is on Sunday, New Year’s Eve, and kickoff is set for 10:00 a.m. on CBS.
Raiders vs. Colts Best Prop Bets
Total punts, under 8.5 (+100)
The Raiders average 4.4 punts per game and the Colts sit at 4.1, per Team Rankings, so that’s likely where the 8.5 number comes from. Also, I wouldn’t be surprised to see both teams go for it more often to try and get an advantage. And if we’re following trends for the Raiders’ offense, Aidan O’Connell and the unit should be in for a much better game than last week.
1st Quarter points, over 8.5 points (-112)
With how high the stakes are for this game, I’d expect both teams to come out of the gates swinging and put up some points in the first quarter. Plus, Las Vegas ranks seventh in the NFL with 5.5 first-quarter points per game and Indianapolis is 10th at 5.1. Diving deeper, the Raiders are averaging 8.0 first-quarter ppg in their last three games while the Colts are at 2.3, and the Raiders scored three points in the initial frame and the Colts put up seven. So, all signs are pointing toward 10 points in the first quarter.
Game goes to Overtime (+1200)
Admittedly, we’re going for some value here with the big payout. Beyond that though, Indianapolis has played in three overtime games this season as they don’t really blow many teams out with an average point differential of -1.2 points per game which ranks 19th in the league, and Las Vegas isn’t too far off from that mark at -0.6 ppg. So the payout is good if it hits and the teams are fairly evenly matched.