NFL Betting Preview: Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston Texans – Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018
Matchup at a Glance
When: Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 1:00 PM
Where: NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas
Point Spread: Houston Texans -5
Betting Total: 49.5
This game is being played at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas with the kickoff scheduled to take place at 1:00 PM ET.
BetDSI has set the point spread for this game at Houston Texas -5 and total for over/under plays at 49.5 points.
In the first game of the season between these two teams, the Houston Texans went on the road and beat the Indianapolis Colts in overtime by the score 37-34.
The Indianapolis Colts were cruising along on a 5 game win streak until last week when they ran into the tough defense of the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Colts offense was averaging 35 points per game over that 5 game winning streak but last year, they were shut out!
The Jaguars won 6-0 and completely shut down the Colts high-octane offense. The Colts will look to rebound on Sunday when they face the Texans.
The Colts have the 9th ranked offense in the NFL under QB Andrew Luck. Luck has thrown for 3360 yards, 32 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. In the first game against the Texans, Luck threw for 464 yards and 4 touchdowns and didn’t toss an INT in the game.
The Houston Texans are one of the hottest teams in the NFL. They have won 9 games straight and will be looking for their 10th in a row when they face the Colts. If the Texans are able to beat the Colts this week, they will clinch the AFC South for the third time under Head Coach Bill O’Brien.
The combination of Running Back’s Lamar Miller and Alfred Blue have put the Texans on their backs and led the Texans to have the 3rd best rushing attack in the NFL. They have averaged 170 yards per game the past 6 games straight and now, the Texans are activating RB D’Onta Foreman, which will only make them stronger.
The combination of a great rushing attack and one of the strongest defenses in the NFL make the Texans one of the top contenders for the postseason. They have covered the spread in their last 2 games in a row and 5 out of the last 6 overall. They have been a strong bet the past 6 games and now face an AFC team, where they have gone 5-0 in their last 5 games against teams from that conference.
Texans Clinch AFC South
I said it several weeks ago and I will say it again here now….. The Texans are a much better team than what most people give them credit for. They are strong in all aspects of the game and are peaking at the right time. If they can stay healthy, their path to the AFC’s postseason is clear.
In this particular game, they will be facing a Colts offense that showed some weakness last week. I think the Texans are just as good, if not better than the Jaguars defense and I think should really slow down the Colts this week.
The game will be close for the first half but the Texans should pull away late. The home field will be a drastic benefit for the Texans. If they can beat the Colts in Indy, why would I think they wouldn’t win at home. Play the Texans for a small play.