Indianapolis vs. Houston Preview

The Indianapolis Colts and the Houston Texans will both be gunning for a victory on Thursday when they meet at NRG Stadium.

Indianapolis at Houston
When: 8:25 PM ET, Thursday, October 8, 2015
Where: NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas
TV: 8:25 p.m. ET, CBS, NFL Network. LINE: 1.5. O/U: 45
PREDICTION: Colts 23, Texans 20
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Oddsmakers currently have the Colts listed as 1½-point favorites versus the Texans, while the game’s total is sitting at 45.

Mallett was benched in favor of Hoyer during last week’s 48-21 loss at Atlanta after completing 12-of-27 passes for a season-low 150 yards with no touchdowns and an interception. O’Brien also is sticking with Mallett despite the fact that he owns a completion percentage of 51.8 percent. Arian Foster made his season debut after returning from groin surgery, but failed to provide a lift to the ground game with only 10 yards rushing on eight carries. Third-year wideout DeAndre Hopkins has 31 catches and is coming off back-to-back 100-yard games.

Houston lost its last outing, a 48-21 result against the Falcons on October 04. The Texans failed to cover in that game as a +4-point underdog, while the 69 combined points took the game OVER the total.

Team record: 1-3 SU,1-3 ATS
Houston is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Houston is 6-12 ATS in its last 18 games at home
Houston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home

Wide receiver Andre Johnson was a dominant force during a 12-year tenure with the Texans, racking up 1,012 career receptions, but he has labored in his first season with Indianapolis and does not have a catch in either of his past two games. Running back Frank Gore is also off to a slow start with the Colts, who survived three missed field goals by the Jaguars before prevailing last week behind 40-year-old quarterback Matt Hasselbeck. Indianapolis’ defense has been vulnerable through the air, allowing 268 yards passing per game while registering only five sacks.

Last time out for Indianapolis, they were a 16-13 winner as they battled the Jaguars at home. The Colts failed to cover in the match as a -4-point favorite, while 29 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Team record: 2-2 SU,0-4 ATS
Indianapolis is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
Indianapolis is 15-6 SU in its last 21 games
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Indianapolis’s last 11 games

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