Thanksgiving has come and gone, and the 8-3 Dallas Cowboys are set to begin their matchups with the AFC South starting with a contest against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 13. While the Colts certainly have some strong players, they have had quite a tumultuous season that has led to more drama than wins.
While the Cowboys are heavily favored in this game, a Sunday Night Football matchup under the bright lights can always mean anything goes.
Dallas comes into this contest on a two-game win streak. They got another NFC East victory against the Giants on Thanksgiving and proved themselves as contenders with a huge statement victory over the Minnesota Vikings the week before.
Indy, on the other hand, is coming off their second straight loss after losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football. Not only does Dallas lead in terms of momentum here, but they also have four extra days of rest on the Colts, which should be a huge advantage.
Let’s take a look at the early odds and a preview of the game.
Cowboys vs Colts Odds, Spread, Moneyline for Week 13
At the time of writing, the Week 13 betting odds on FanDuel have Dallas as 10.5-point favorites at home in Arlington. Dallas is -550 on the moneyline, while the Colts are underdogs at +410. The total for the game is set at 43.5 points.
Last week, the Cowboys entered the Week 12 matchup as 9.0-point favorites against a 7-3 Giants team. For that reason, it’s a bit unsurprising to see them favored so heavily again, especially with Indy on shortened rest. However, this is a lot to be favored by.
While Dallas certainly has the record and personnel advantage here, it’s worth noting that Indianapolis has lost by more than one score only twice so far in 2022.
Cowboys vs Colts Prediction and Preview for Week 13
Everything in this matchup seems to line up in favor of the Cowboys. Matt Ryan has been erratic with his passes and is slow as a snail, which bodes incredibly well for the Dallas defense and their strong pass rush.
Currently, the Colts are second-to-last for the most turnovers in the league, and Indy should be scared to go up against the likes of Micah Parsons and Trevon Diggs. Expect the Dallas defense to make it extremely difficult for the Indy offense to get anything done.
Plus, the Cowboys running game has been an electric 1-2 punch. While Grover Stewart has been making trouble for teams in the running game, it likely won’t be enough to stop both Tony Pollard and Ezekiel Elliott.
With the extra rest and the fact that Dallas is 5-0 in its last five home games, this shouldn’t be the typical exciting Sunday Night Football matchup we normally expect. It should be another dominating win by the Cowboys. We predict that Dallas will send Indy home with their third loss in a row by a score of 31-10.
**Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.**