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Colts vs. Giants 01/01/23 Prediction and Odds

Colts vs. Giants 01/01/23 pitches two sides whose records this season are almost exact opposites in a New Year’s Day clash at the MetLife Stadium as both attempt to start wrapping up this season in top form.

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We’ve not seen this match played out many times, but these two sides know each other very, very well. Their first contest was all the way back in 1950, which began a decade that included the 2 sides having some of the country’s most high-profile matches.

These sides often go long periods without playing each other, though – such as the whole of the 1980s – and that’s why there have only been 19 matchups between them in the 60-plus years since they first clashed heads in a 55-20 win for the Giants.

The Colts currently lead the series 12-7 despite the matchup being fairly even until the 1960s. They’ve won the last four consecutively, although that streak is hanging on by the skin of its teeth after there was only 1 point between them in the 28-27 Indiana win when they last played in 2018.

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The Colts and Giants fought out consecutive NFL Championship games in 1958 and 1959, with the Colts winning both times.

That pain for the Giants hasn’t really been recovered from since, with the side who were leading the series 3-1 before those painful couple of years. They’ve only won 4 of the 19 matches since, with a run of humiliating defeats in the 1970s seeing the Giants struggling to even get points on the boards as they repeatedly dominated.

Going into the Colts vs. Giants 01/01/23 fixture, though, there’s a lot more balance to the series.

The Giants have done well to catch up in the total points scored in the series since that humiliation period, which now sits at 458-387 in the Colts’ favor.

Colts vs. Giants 01/01/23 NFL Betting Tips: The Season So Far

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Indianapolis has had a season to forget, laboring to a record of 4-9-1 so far. There’s clearly talent available, and that’s been visible in brief moments. But there’s been very little consistency in turning that talent into results.

They’ve had to rely on decent organization more often to make up for the inconsistency that’s been on show, with the offense particularly at fault for not being able to go more than a game of playing at the expected level.

An inability to protect the ball and block is what’s consigned the Colts to an abysmal 16.1 points per game. As a result, they strike little fear into opponents.

That organization we’ve talked about has helped to make the defense look stringent at times, though, and when they’re in the mood, opponents really struggle to rack up points. But, unfortunately, they’re also prone to disappearing at times, at which point the floodgates just seem to open wide up.

The 54-19 loss to the Cowboys shows just how rough things can get when both sides are not on their game. Indianapolis wants 2023 to come along as soon as possible.

Giants

It’s been an odd season for the Giants. To be honest, it’s hard to pick out a particular strength of the team, but at the same time, you can’t really say they’ve had a bad season.

The offense tends to look rather uninspiring yet keeps ticking over as arguably the Giants’ most efficient unit and a group just about talented enough to get the job done most weeks.

An 8-5-1 record should keep most fans happy, but a recent drop in form and a rough schedule for the end of the season indicates New York probably won’t make the playoffs.

Colts vs. Giants 01/01/23 Prediction

New York will press hard here, knowing that this is probably their easiest remaining match of the season. It’s hard to predict which Indianapolis side will turn up to the Colts vs. Giants 01/01/23 fixture, but New York will probably claim the victory either way.

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