Sunday Night Football Week 6 –Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans – Free Preview and Prediction
The much maligned AFC South takes center stage this week for Sunday Night Football as the Colts travel to NRG Stadium. The game has plenty of importance for both teams, as they are both right in the thick of it in the division race.
The odds opened at BetOnline.ag with the Texans as -3.5 favorites. That has now moved to Houston -3 at just about every sportsbook online. Betting action favors the Texans more recently with about 55 percent of wagers coming in on Houston.
The total opened at 46 points and has risen to 48 or 48.5. The public likely spurred the move as almost 70 percent of wagers have come in on the over.
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<h2>The Colts – Still Pretenders</h2>
Indianapolis football has gone through phases, but after quarterback Andrew Luck signed a record contraction extension this offseason and Chuck Pagano was brought back and given an extension – this was supposed to be the year.
Injuries have hit the Colts hard early in the season, but they are still underachieving in my book. Their record stands at 2-3 after defeating the Bears last Sunday at home. They did lose to Denver in Week 2, but they have two losses against sub .500 teams in the Jaguars and Lions.
Their defense has been a disaster this year, but should get better as they get healthier. They returned cornerback Vontae Davis last week, but he is still not operating at full health. Cornerbacks Darius Butler and Patrick Robinson are both questionable, but trending towards playing. However, both could still end up inactive come Sunday evening.
<h2>The Texans – Looking to Rebound</h2>
Houston was tabbed as a contender in the AFC South at the beginning of the year. It’s easy to see why, they have a talented roster and their division is putrid. The Texans currently sit at 3-2 at the top of the division.
However, they had one of their worst losses of the year last week at Minnesota. Houston got almost nothing going on offense in a 31-23 demolition at the hands of the Vikings last week. However, their two losses were against Minnesota and New England, two of the best teams in the league.
The Texans are probably my favorite play this week. They’re considerably better than the Colts on just about every level. I’m amazed that the Texans are favored by just a field goal in what will is an excellent bounce-back spot for Houston.
Brock Osweiler has been poor in five games with Houston, but he should have no trouble moving the ball against a Colts defense that is perhaps the worst in the league and has been hit hard by injuries.
Defensively, the loss of J.J. Watt hurt Houston tremendously, but they still have one of the better defenses in the league. All in all, I expect Houston to dominate an inferior Colts team at home on Sunday Night.
Pick: Texans -3