Both teams come into this game after blowing Week 12 halftime leads. The Colts seemed to be in absolute control with a touchdown to end the first half, a 10 point lead, and they were getting the ball to start the half.
Unfortunately, Tom Brady had other ideas, and the Colts lost 38-31. The Texans were only up three points against the Jets, but they went scoreless in the second half and lost 14-21.
Indianapolis Colts Betting Preview: Tale of Two Halves
Watching this game on Sunday, the Colts looked dominant in the first half. Carson Wentz threw three touchdown passes in the first half, and the Colts were ahead 24-14.
Unfortunately, the second half saw Wentz get a case of the turnovers, throwing two interceptions and fumbling on a dropback. The Colts would only score seven points in the second half, which would not be enough.
The game plan for this game was odd after the week that Jonathan Taylor had the week prior. Taylor rushed for 185 yards and four touchdowns in Week 11, then only got 16 touches, which was a lot lower before the fourth quarter in Week 12. Tight End Jack Doyle had a breakout game, hauling in six receptions for 81 yards and a touchdown.
The Colts’ defense looked really good in the first half as well. The struggle came when they had to try and stop Leonard Fournette.
The front allowed Fournette to rush for 100 yards, score three touchdowns and add a receiving touchdown. The Texans may not have the best running backs in the league, but Indianapolis is going to have to do a better job slowing them down.
Houston Texans Betting Preview: Lost Momentum
Coming into Week 12 after defeating the Titans, the Texans looked to be moving in the right direction. Getting their quarterback, Tyrod Taylor, back from injury was going to immediately improve the offense. Unfortunately, that momentum ran out pretty quick when the Jets’ defense held the Texans scoreless in the second half.
Taylor has an average day, completing 17 of 26 pass attempts for 158 yards and two touchdowns while throwing just a single interception. The real issue came from the running backs who combined for just 66 yards rushing. If the offense has to rely on passing, it is going to be tough to win many games with this banged-up receiving core.
Overall, the Texans’ defense had an alright performance. While they did allow the Jets to score in every quarter, they only allowed two touchdowns in the whole game. This Week 13 matchup with the Colts will test the secondary of the Texans, as they will be a much more complete team compared to the New York Jets.
Colts vs. Texans Betting Odds & Lines
BetOnline has the Colts at -8½ against the Texans.
Free Betting Pick
The Colts have found success on the road with a positive 3-2 record. In their three wins on the road, they have all been by 10 points or more. The Colts will enter this game 7-5 against the spread and 2-2 when they are the favorite.
The Texans struggle at home with a 1-4 record. They have also not been successful against the spread with a 5-6 record. They are 3-2 against the spread at home.
Spooky Express Free Pick: Indianapolis Colts -8½
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