A win over division rival Houston this Sunday will give Andrew Luck, TY Hilton and the Indianapolis Colts their second straight AFC South divisional title and push Arian Foster, JJ Watt and the Texans to the brink of their playoff hopes. But a win for the visiting Texans, who are two games behind the Colts, keeps them in the heated race for the AFC South Crown.
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) December 12, 2014
The historical NFL betting trends aren’t doing Houston any favors. The Colts, combined in the Peyton and Luck years) continue to dominate the Texans.
Indy has beaten Houston in four consecutive games, including a 33-28 tilt back in October in Houston, and that game wasn’t that close, as the Colts led 24-0 after the first quarter. The Texans also have never won in Indianapolis.
The week 15 NFL betting line has the visiting Houston Texans as 6.5 point road underdogs against the high powered offense of the Indianapolis Colts. The game total is set at a barometer busting 49 points.
Matchup: Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts
Date: Dec. 14, 2014
Start Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Stadium: Lucas Oil Stadium
TV Info: CBS
Radio: Houston Vs Indianapolois
Point Spread: Colts -6.5
Game Total: 49
Analyzing My NFL Week 15 Betting Line – Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts
The Colts have the best combined offense powered by the second highest scoring offense in the NFL, averaging 31.3 points per game, only behind Green Packers (32.5). However, the Colts power house offense has puttered the last few weeks, needing a come from behind, last second, 25-24 victory over the Browns in Cleveland last week. The offense turned the ball over four times (2 INTs & 2 fumbles) which lead to two Browns defense scores. They now have 16 turnovers in the past three weeks, which is an alarming number.
"We’ve got to get it cleaned up," coach Chuck Pagano said. "You credit the opponent for stripping the ball and making plays, but it’s still no excuse. … We’ve got to get it cleaned up, period."
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) December 12, 2014
QB Andrew Luck leads the number one passing offense in the NFL with 4305 yards (tops in the NFL), 36 TDs & 13 INTs. WR TY Hilton is having a record year with 1295 yards and 7 TDs. In his last game against the Texans, he blew up with 223 yards on eight receptions, and 1 TD.
The Colts defense is allowing 23.6 points and 355.8 yards per game but they are minus four in turnovers. D’Qwell Jackson has 110 tackles including four sacks, Jerrell Freeman has 80 tackles, and Mike Adams has 70 tackles.
— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) December 11, 2014
The Texans offense has come to life in recent weeks, and the will need if they want to keep pace with the Colts high octane offense. After QB Ryan Fitzpatrick’s benching for Ryan Mallett and then return after the later’s season ending injury, Fitzpatrick has finally gotten on the same page with WRs Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins.
Johnson, the veteran wide receiver, suffered a concussion last week at Jacksonville and according to head coach Bill O’Brien, is still going through the concussion protocol.
"I would say that he would be questionable for the game," O’Brien said.
And now that first overall NFL pick DE Jadeveon Clowney is out for the season, the heavy lifting on defense sits squarely on the shoulders of 100 million dollar man and heavy MVP favorite JJ Watt, who is one of just three players to be on the field for 91% or more of their team’s defensive plays.
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) December 5, 2014
He has also forced three fumbles this season, picked up five and returned one 45 yards for a touchdown against the Colts on Thursday Night Football. His lone interception of the season went 80 yards for another score in what ended up being a six-point victory for Houston against Buffalo. On seven offensive snaps this season he has three touchdown receptions which is one more than Andre Johnson has and two more than actual starting tight end Garrett Graham.
The Texans defense is allowing 30 points and 373 yards per game and they are plus 12 in turnover ratio.
The Texans have the 15th best total offense in the NFL, averaging 24.2 points per game. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick leads the 24th passing offense in the league with 2453 yards, 17 TDs & 8 INTs, but the team’s main offensive threat RB Arian Foster has 1,028 yards rushing and eight touchdowns despite missing several games in this 2014 season.
"Everybody knows that this is our shot," quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick said. "You know what will happen if we lose a game, so every game is even more important than the last one. This one was huge for us and now we can look ahead to the next one, which will also be very big."
The Colts are 15-2 ATS in their last 17 games following an ATS loss, 19-7 ATS in their last 26 games as a favorite, 20-6 ATS in their last 26 home games, 20-7 ATS in their last 27 games in December, 15-5 ATS in their last 20 vs. AFC.
The Texans 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games following a SU win, 3-12 ATS in their last 15 games following an ATS win, and 1-8 ATS in their last nine games on field turf. Houston is 1-4 ATS in its last five games when playing on the road against Indianapolis.