Two teams trending in the wrong direction will face-off early on Sunday afternoon in what promises to be a key AFC South divisional clash.
The 7-4 Indianapolis Colts will look to get back on track against the struggling Houston Texans, entering with a 4-7 mark.
The Texans had a hectic week leading up to this clash as they lost both Bradley Roby and Will Fuller for the remainder of the season. This isn’t a deep group as is, and those absences all but secure Houston’s status as a non-playoff team once again.
For the Colts, they will need to be better than what they showed last time out vs. the Titans. Their defense showed some flaws, and Philip Rivers is quickly showing some signs of age catching up to him.
With how tight things currently are within the AFC in terms of playoff positioning, the Colts can’t really afford to throw away any more winnable games. This is certainly one in which many feel the Colts should be winning, but how this inconsistent squad performs is anyone’s guess. Continue reading on below the odds for our take on this matchup, as well as a betting prediction for this divisional clash between the Colts and Texans. Enjoy!
Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston Texans Betting Odds:
Indianapolis Colts -3 (-120)
@ Houston Texans +3 (+100)
Over 50.5 (-110)
Under 50.5 (-110)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston Texans Pick:
While much is being made of the Colts’ no-show last week in a crucial spot vs. Tennessee, let’s not forget that this group was badly depleted in Week 12. As of now, it’s expected they will be much healthier for the Texans, and they should respond well to having most of their starters back in the fold.
This matchup should serve Philip Rivers well, and give the veteran a nice shot at bouncing back. Though the Colts might be a bit short on their offensive line, Rivers thrives with short, quick passes and that should be the gameplan from the outset with J.J. Watt barreling down on him. Houston also is weak vs. the run, and the Colts’ variety of running backs should do well as a result.
For the Texans, it’s going to be interesting to see how they possibly move the ball against such a stout defense, especially without Will Fuller. If you look at Deshaun Watson’s career splits without Fuller, they certainly aren’t appealing. He’s a field-stretcher, and it puts them in a tough spot in Week 13. Expect Xavier Rhodes to now blanket Brandin Cooks, and beyond that there certainly isn’t much skill or talent for Watson to turn to. Moving the chains could be problematic for the Texans.
Indianapolis enters this week significantly healthier, and that should help them on both sides of the ball. Getting back Ryan Kelly, DeForest Buckner and Denico Autry are huge returns for the Colts. They’ll be able to protect Philip Rivers, while also hounding Deshaun Watson with regularity as a result. Houston won’t be able to exploit Indy’s weakness within the secondary, while the Colts should face minimal resistance on offense. Expect a big bounceback outing from Indianapolis on Sunday.