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Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston Texans Preview and Predictions 11-21-2019


First place in the AFC South will be on the line when the Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans square off for the second time in six weeks. The Colts snapped a two-game skid with a lopsided 33-13 victory over Jacksonville on Sunday and will be seeking their fifth win in the last six meetings when they visit the Texans on Thursday night.

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Indianapolis rebounded from a stunning home loss to lowly Miami by rolling up a season-high point total while limiting an opponent to 16 points or fewer for the third time in four weeks. "Our defense right now is legit," Colts coach Frank Reich said. "In my mind, I think it's playing like one of the best in the league." Houston's defense could not slow Indy's passing game in a 30-23 setback in Week 7 and was carved up by Lamar Jackson and Co. in last week's 41-7 shellacking at Baltimore that halted a two-game winning streak. "It's definitely good that we've got that quick turnaround," Texans linebacker Zach Cunningham said. "You really have no choice but to look on to the next game."

TV: 8:20 p.m. ET, FOX. LINE: Texans -3.5 O/U: 45.5

ABOUT THE COLTS (6-4): Leading rusher Marlon Mack went over 100 yards before fracturing his hand but Jonathan Williams, who had one yard on the season, stepped in and gained 116 on 13 carries as Indianapolis churned out 264 yards on the ground -- its highest total since 2004. Jacoby Brissett, playing with a knee injury that forced him to sit out the previous game, threw for only 148 yards and a score last week but tossed a season-high four touchdown passes and had 326 yards passing in last month's matchup. Wideout T.Y. Hilton, who has torched the Texans throughout his career, is hopeful of returning after sitting out three games due to a calf strain.



ABOUT THE TEXANS (6-4): Deshaun Watson threw for five touchdowns and zero interceptions in back-to-back wins over Jacksonville and Oakland but he had a dismal effort in Baltimore, absorbing a season high-tying six sacks, committing a pair of turnovers and throwing for only 169 yards. DeAndre Hopkins, second in the NFL with 75 receptions, has at least seven catches in his last six games and reeled in nine for 106 yards and a touchdown in the first matchup. Running back Carlos Hyde has been a solid addition to the backfield with 765 yards and four touchdowns, although he was limited to 35 yards in Indianapolis, while Houston's defense allows 272.4 yards passing.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Watson has eight touchdowns and zero picks in his last two home games.

2. Colts WR Zach Pascal had season highs with six catches, 106 yards and two TDs in last month's meeting.

3. Hopkins has 397 yards receiving and four TDs in the past four matchups versus the Colts.

Prediction

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Last Injuries

Houston Texans

  • Dylan Cole

    Knee
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Cole has been placed on the active PUP list after having surgery on his right ACL. There is no timetable for recovery.

  • Gareon Conley

    Ankle
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Conley has been designated for the active PUP list after ankle surgery. It is up in the air when he will be activated.

  • Xavier Su'a-Filo

    Knee
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Su'a-Filo will spend an undetermined length of time on the active PUP list while healing from a knee injury that ended his 2019 season.

  • Eddie Vanderdoes

    Personal
    I-R | I-R

    Vanderdoes has announced that he will sit out the duration of the 2020 season due to a personal reason. The team has put him on the Injured Reserve/Opt-Out list as a result.

  • Ira Lewis

    Back
    I-R | I-R

    Lewis has reverted to the Injured Reserve/Non-Football Injury list after clearing waivers with back injury.

Indianapolis Colts

  • Skai Moore

    Personal
    I-R | I-R

    Moore has wound up on the Injured Reserve/Opt-Out list after informing the team that he will sit out the entire 2020 season due to a personal decision.

  • Mo Alie-Cox

    Thumb
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Alie-Cox has been designated for the active PUP list as he is working his way back from thumb surgery, and the severity of the ailment has yet to be announced.

  • T.Y. Hilton

    Hamstring
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Hilton has hit on the Non-Football injury list while healing from a mild hamstring injury. It is unclear when he will return to the field.

  • Julian Blackmon

    Knee
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Blackmon is on the active Injured Reserve/Non-Football Injury list while healing from a torn ACL that ended his 2019 season. It is unknown when he will be ready to be activated.

  • Kemoko Turay

    Ankle
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Turay has been added to the active PUP list as he is working his way back from ankle surgery. It is unknown when he will be activated.

  • Jegs Jegede

    Knee
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Jegede is on the mend from a significant knee injury that kept him out of the 2019 season. The team has put him on the active PUP list for an extended period.

  • Jackson Porter

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Porter has landed on the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and there is no timetable for recovery.

  • Malik Henry

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Henry has been placed on the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and it is unknown how much time he will need to get healthy.