The Giants — led by quarterback Eli Manning and running back Saquon Barkley — are out of NFL playoff contention but looked to play spoiler to the playoff hopes of the streaking Colts led by quarterback Andrew Luck and wide receiver T.Y. Hilton in Indianapolis, Ind. during NFL Week 16 action on Sunday, December 23, 2018 (12/23/18).
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Who: New York Giants at Indianapolis Colts
When: Sunday, December 23, 2018Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis
Kickoff: 1 p.m. Eastern
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Announcers: Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Rich Gannon (analyst) and Steve Tasker (sideline)
Line: Colts -9
Luck is back to MVP form after missing all of the 2017 season due to injury. He is completing 67.3 percent of his passes with 34 touchdowns and 13 interceptions, thanks to an improved offensive line that has allowed only 16 sacks.
“They won a couple close games that we didn’t,” Giants coach Pat Shurmur said. “They started out slow in terms of wins and losses. I think they found a little groove with Andrew Luck, (who) is back healthy. We all understand he’s a terrific quarterback and he’s had a lot to do with their success on offense, certainly.”
The Giants will be without star wide receiver Odell Beckham for a third straight game due to a bruised quad. Without Beckham, the Giants dropped 40 points in three quarters on the Redskins and were shut out by the Titans.
The Colts are coming off a shutout of the Cowboys.
“We’re going to play our scheme, and we know this is a huge challenge,” coach Frank Reich said. “We go from one week where we’ve got Amari Cooper and Zeke Elliott (of the Cowboys), and now we’ve got Saquon and possibly Odell. Good challenge for our defense, and we’ve just got to play good, sound football and run to the ball.”