The division rival Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts are set to renew hostilities on Sunday when they meet at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Houston Texans vs. Indianapolis Colts
When: 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, December 11, 2016
Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana
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TV: 1 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Colts -6. O/U: 46.5
PREDICTION: Colts 24, Texans 17
Oddsmakers currently have the Colts listed as 6-point favorites versus the Texans, while the game’s total is sitting at 46.5.
ABOUT THE TEXANS (6-6): Osweiler is 31st in the NFL among 32 qualified quarterbacks with a 74.2 rating and is last in yards per attempt at 5.77, but coach Bill O’Brien put the team’s struggles on himself after a 21-13 loss at Green Bay last week. “It comes down to eight to 10 plays a game, and a lot of that has to do with coaching,” O’Brien told reporters. “We have to do a better job coaching and players have to do a better job executing, but we’re all in it together and we all have to do a better job.” Houston’s defense has carried the team most of the season but is starting to spring leaks with defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (wrist/elbow) and cornerback Johnathan Joseph (ribs) sitting out practice this week.
Team record: 6-6 SU,5-6-1 ATS
Current Streak: lost 3 straight games.
Houston is 2-5-1 ATS in its last 8 games
Houston is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston’s last 6 games
ABOUT THE COLTS (6-6): Luck and the offense could be asked to do even more down the stretch with the defense losing middle linebacker D’Qwell Jackson to a four-game suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs. Jackson, who is the signal-caller on defense and has recorded 78 tackles and a sack this season, is not eligible to return to the team until the day after the end of the regular season. “We’re all disappointed,” coach Chuck Pagano told reporters. “It is what it is. Moving forward, if we’re fortunate enough to play good enough and win enough games, we’ll get him back for the playoffs.”
Last time out for Indianapolis, they were a 41-10 winner as they battled the Jets on the road. The Colts covered in the match as a +1.5-point underdog, while 51 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors.
Team record: 6-6 SU,6-5-1 ATS
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Indianapolis’s last 12 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Indianapolis’s last 5 games at home
Indianapolis is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games when playing Houston
1. Colts rookie LB Antonio Morrison is expected to start in place of Jackson.
2. Houston WR Braxton Miller (shoulder) sat out practice on Wednesday and is questionable.
3. Osweiler threw for 269 yards and two TDs in a 26-23 overtime home win over Indianapolis in Week 6.