A battle for AFC South crown will heat up when the slumping Houston Texans visit the surging Indianapolis Colts this Sunday. The Week 14 NFL Texans Vs Colts betting line favors the Colts by 4.5-points. Kick-off is this Sunday, December 11th at 1:00 PM ET on CBS from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Houston Texans Vs Indianapolis Colts Line & Final Score Prediction
What: Houston Texans (6-6) at Indianapolis Colts (6-6)
When: Sunday, December 11, 2016
Start Time: 1:00 PM ET
Where: Indianapolis, IN
Stadium: Lucas Oil Stadium
Spread: Colts -4.5
Game Total: 46.5
Stream: CBS Sports
Listen: Houston vs Indianapolis
Why Bet The Houston Texans To Beat The Colts
The Houston Texans have lost three straight games, including a 21-13 defeat at the hands of the Green Bay Packers last week. They are 6-6 SU and 5-6-1 ATS this season. They average 17.3 points per game (28th) and allow 21.4 points per game (13th).
“I don’t know,” Texans coach Bill O’Brien said after being asked what’s different between his team now as opposed to in mid-October. “I think every week is different. I’m not sure what’s different about our team right now. I think we’ve got to get back on the winning side of things. What’s different is we’ve lost three in a row and we’ve got to get back on the winning side of things. Our guys realize that.”
Houston averages 194.9 points per game (30th). QB Brock Osweiler (2509 yards, 14 TDs & 13 INTs) completed 22 of 35 passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns against the Packers last week. WR DeAndre Hopkins (58 rec, 668 yards, 4 TDs) finally caught a touchdown pass after six straight weeks without a score. The Texans average 121.2 rushing yards per game (5th). RB Lamar Miller averages (225 car, 903 yards, 3 TDs) suffered a rib injury against Green Bay. He’s expected to play on Sunday.
The Texans have the 6th-ranked total defense in the NFL. They give up 208.0 passing yards per game (5th) and 107.7 rushing yards (19th). Houston has 21 sacks this season (26th). Benardrick McKinney has 106 tackles and Whitney Mercilus 5.5 sacks.
Why Bet The Indianapolis Colts To Beat The Texans
The Indianapolis Colts are trending up with three wins in their last four games. They embarrassed the NY Jets by a 41-10 score on Monday Night Football last week. They are 6-6 SU and 6-5-1 ATS this season. The Colts average 25.9 points per game (7th) and give up 25.9 points per game (25th).
“We can’t sit here — you look back at that game and where we were record-wise, it would be real easy to go ‘woe is me’ and fold your tent, but that’s not our character,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. “That’s not our foundation. That’s not in our DNA because of our players and because of our staff, our coaches. They do such a great job.”
Indianapolis averages 259.1 passing yards per game (11th). QB Andrew Luck (3105 yards, 23 TDs & 8 INTs) had his best game of the season last week when he completed 22 of 28 passes for 278 yards and four touchdowns.
WR T.Y. Hilton (69 rec, 1088 yards, 5 TDs) had nine catches for 146 yards against the Jets. TE Dwayne Allen (28 rec, 328 yards, 5 TDs) caught four passes for 72 yards and three touchdowns last week. The Colts average 99.0 rushing yards per game (25th). RB Frank Gore (198 car, 749 yards, 4 TDs) had 79 yards on 20 carries against New York.
The Colts have the 28thoranked total defense in the NFL. They allow 273.0 passing yards per game (28th) and 109.6 rushing yards per game (20th). Indianapolis has recorded 23 sacks this season (22nd). D’Qwell Jackson has 78 tackles, and Erik Walden has 8.0 sacks.
Betting Trends for this Matchup:
- Houston is 2-5-1 ATS in its last 8 games
- Houston is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
- Houston is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
- Houston is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
- Houston is 1-5-2 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Indianapolis
- Houston is 6-19 SU in its last 25 games when playing Indianapolis
Texans Vs Colts Final Score Prediction
After the Colts primetime 31-point victory over the Jets last week has the public back in their corner. Combine that with the Texans recent struggles and the Indy looks like the smart pick.
My final score prediction is Houston 20, Indianapolis 27.