Indianapolis Colts @ Houston Texans
Thursday Nov 21, 2019 at 8:20 pm
Opening Line: Houston -6 with a total of 46.5
Projected weather: 70 degrees, slight chance of light rain, wind out of the SE at 8 mph
- Indianapolis (6-4 SU, 5-4-1 ATS) will go to Houston (6-4 SU, 5-5 ATS) to play their division rival Houston Texans for the second time this season. In the first meeting in Indianapolis in Week 7 the Colts were prevailed 30-23. In three of their last four games the Colts have held their opponent to 16 points or less. Indy has a 3-0 division record.
- Four-time Pro Bowl receiver T.Y. Hilton hopes to be able to return for tonight’s game, after missing the last three games with a calf injury, with sole possession of first place in the AFC South on the line. The Colts dismantled the Jacksonville Jaguars last week 33-13. They scored 31 unanswered points after the Jaguars scored the initial touchdown of the game. RB Marlon Mack had 109 yards rushing, Jonathan Williams had 116 and Indy totaled 264 yards rushing on 36 carries.
- In a bounce back performance after their upset loss to the Miami Dolphins two weeks ago, in which QB Jacoby Brissett did not play, Brissett ran for one touchdown and threw for 148 yards and another touchdown. DE Justin Houston had had sacks in six consecutive games and has a team leading total of eight sacks.
- Houston could not get anything going at all in last week’s 41-7 crushing defeat to the Ravens in Baltimore. Houston QB Deshaun Watson said that QB coach Bill O’Brien always says “you’re only as good as your next game, you’re only as good as your next play”. “So…you can never get too comfortable in this league” said Watson.
- Houston star WR DeAndre Hopkins said “it’s a big game”. Hopkins has 47 catches that have gone for first downs. That is 62.7% of his total receptions and it has him tied for second in the NFL in that category.
- Houston’s first three losses were by a total of eleven points but the Ravens ran for 263 yards last week to win by 34. The Texan pass defense has been struggling giving up at least three touchdowns passing five times in the last six games. These two AFC South division rivals played each other three times last year with the road team winning all three.