Indianapolis Colts vs Houston Texans prediction and preview 2016.12.11:
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The Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts square off Sunday afternoon in a key AFC South NFL showdown at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The Houston Texans appear to snap a three-game losing streak and get a recreation above a .500 report. The Houston Texans have misplaced six of their last 9 road games. Brock Osweiler is completing 59.Eight percent of his passes for two,509 yards, 14 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Osweiler has one or less landing cross in 5 of his last eight video games. DeAndre Hopkins and can Fuller V have combined for greater than 1,176 receiving yards and six touchdowns while C.J. Fiedorowicz has forty five receptions. The Houston Texans floor recreation is averaging 121.1 yards per contest, and Lamar Miller leads the best way with 903 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Houston is enabling 21.4 features and 316.1 yards per recreation. Benardrick McKinney leads the Houston Texans with 106 tackles, Whitney Mercilus has 5.5 sacks and Quintin Demps has two interceptions.
Houston quarterback Brock Osweiler has now not had numerous high-quality moments in his first season with the workforce in view that signing a 4-year deal worth $seventy two million in the offseason.
However Osweiler’s quality performance as a Texan got here in the first meeting when he rallied his group back from a 23-9 deficit with two touchdown passes within the final 2:37 of regulation. Osweiler completed with 269 passing yards and outplayed Indy’s Andrew luck, anything he’s going to try to do again on the road in the 2nd assembly.
Houston is coming off a 21-thirteen road loss to the green Bay Packers final week and has gone 5-2 straight up in its final seven video games off a setback.
The Colts bounced back gigantic time from a 28-7 residence loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thanksgiving, routing the brand new York Jets 41-10 as 1.5-point street underdogs in the Week thirteen Monday night matchup.
The return of luck from a concussion was absolutely the important thing, as he completed 22 of 28 passes for 278 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. When healthy, luck remains some of the top sign-callers in the NFL, and he most likely has more talent than his counterpart Osweiler.
Indianapolis has now gained three of 4 SU and against the spread overall, and the staff is also 3-0 SU and ATS in its last three video games as a residence favourite heading into this showdown.
The Texans offensively read very like they did coming into the October 16 sport. Brock Osweiler still is not living up to the $seventy two million contract he signed with the Texans this offseason, throwing for 2,509 yards, 14 touchdowns, 13 interceptions, and a passer rating of seventy four.2 by means of 12 games. DeAndre Hopkins numbers continue to be down; his nine catches in opposition to the Colts marks one in every of simply two instances he is caught over five passes this season, and he handiest has one a hundred-yard recreation on the 12 months. It wasn’t those two gamers who have been the hindrance for the Colts though in Week 6; it was walking back Lamar Miller, who rushed for a season-excessive 149 yards and one landing on 24 consists of. Miller has delivered speeding yardage this season with 903 however only has three touchdowns on the bottom to this point (the Texans as a group have had issues in the pink zone and simplest have 4 rushing touchdowns whole).
Hopkins nonetheless leads the Texans in receiving with 58 catches for 688 yards and four touchdowns, followed via tight finish C.J. Fiedorowicz (45 catches, 473 yards, three touchdowns) and rookie Will Fuller (35 catches, 508 yards, two touchdowns). Rookie Braxton Miller, who has started six video games, has 15 catches for ninety nine yards and a touchdown. Up front, the Texans have taken a couple hits with season-ending injuries to deal with Derek Newton (knees) and center Nick Martin (ankle). Left deal with Duane Brown and core Greg Mancz have had strong seasons.
The injury crisis on protection for the Texans is worth monitoring this week as standout protecting finish Jadeveon Clowney is coping with elbow and wrist injuries that sidelined him final week towards the Packers. Clowney’s fame for this week is uncertain, and if he’s unable to play, it would definitely be a break for the Colts.
The Texans still must gift extra of a undertaking on security than the Jets, although that is now not saying so much. Houston comes into the game ranked sixth in whole protection (fifth towards the move, nineteenth in opposition to the run) and boast extra than just Clowney as corners A.J. Bouye and Johnathan Joseph and safeties Quintin Demps and Andre Hal type a secondary that can pose some challenges, even as linebackers Whitney Mercilus, Benardrick McKinney and John Simon have had excellent seasons. Mercilus in special gave the Colts situation with his go rush in Week 6. Simon (chest) and Joseph (ribs) may be uncertain this week.