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Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston Texans Pick & Prediction NOV 21TH 2019

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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.


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.


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Indianapolis Colts

Houston Texans

Player Position Lineup
Denico Autry primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Jacoby Brissett primary: Quarterback Starter
Anthony Castonzo primary: Left Tackle Starter
Pierre Desir primary: Cornerback Starter
Jack Doyle primary: Tight End Starter
Clayton Geathers primary: Cornerback Starter
Mark Glowinski primary: Right Guard Starter
T.Y. Hilton primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Malik Hooker primary: Free Safety Starter
Marcus Johnson primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Ryan Kelly primary: Center Starter
Darius Leonard primary: Weak Linebacker Starter
Kenny Moore II primary: Cornerback Starter
Quenton Nelson primary: Left Guard Starter
Zach Pascal primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Jabaal Sheard primary: Defensive End Starter
Braden Smith primary: Right Tackle Starter
Grover Stewart primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Anthony Walker primary: Middle Linebacker Starter
Jonathan Williams primary: Runningback Starter
Justin Houston primary: Defensive End Starter
Bobby Okereke primary: Safety Starter
Matthew Adams primary: Linebacker Substitution
Mo Alie-Cox primary: Tight End Substitution
Josh Andrews primary: Center Substitution
Eric Ebron primary: Tight End Substitution
Zaire Franklin primary: Linebacker Substitution
Joe Haeg primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Nyheim Hines primary: Runningback Substitution
Margus Hunt primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Tyquan Lewis primary: Defensive End Substitution
Rolan Milligan primary: Safety Substitution
Al-Quadin Muhammad primary: Defensive End Substitution
George Odum primary: Safety Substitution
Luke Rhodes primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Chester Rogers primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Rigoberto Sanchez primary: Punter Substitution
Adam Vinatieri primary: Kicker Substitution
Jordan Wilkins primary: Runningback Substitution
Quincy Wilson primary: Cornerback Substitution
Ben Banogu primary: Defensive End Substitution
Marvell Tell III primary: Cornerback Substitution
E.J. Speed primary: Linebacker Substitution
Ashton Dulin primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Le'Raven Clark primary: Offensive Tackle Did not play
Marlon Mack primary: Runningback Not active
Rock Ya-Sin primary: Cornerback Not active
Parris Campbell primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Khari Willis primary: Safety Not active
Shakial Taylor primary: Cornerback Not active
Chad Kelly primary: Quarterback Not active
Brian Hoyer primary: Quarterback Did not play
Trevon Coley primary: Defensive Tackle Not active
Player Position Lineup
Jordan Akins primary: Tight End Starter
Angelo Blackson primary: Defensive End Starter
Zach Cunningham primary: Inside Linebacker Starter
Will Fuller V primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Zach Fulton primary: Right Guard Starter
DeAndre Hopkins primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Johnathan Joseph primary: Cornerback Starter
Nick Martin primary: Center Starter
Benardrick McKinney primary: Inside Linebacker Starter
Whitney Mercilus primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
D.J. Reader primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Brennan Scarlett primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
Deshaun Watson primary: Quarterback Starter
Tashaun Gipson Sr. primary: Safety Starter
Darren Fells primary: Tight End Starter
Tytus Howard primary: Right Tackle Starter
Max Scharping primary: Left Guard Starter
Jahleel Addae primary: Safety Starter
Carlos Hyde primary: Runningback Starter
Laremy Tunsil primary: Left Tackle Starter
Gareon Conley primary: Cornerback Starter
Vernon Hargreaves III primary: Cornerback Starter
DeAndre Carter primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Dylan Cole primary: Inside Linebacker Substitution
Brandon Dunn primary: Nose Tackle Substitution
Ka'imi Fairbairn primary: Kicker Substitution
Buddy Howell primary: Runningback Substitution
Roderick Johnson primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Peter Kalambayi primary: Inside Linebacker Substitution
Greg Mancz primary: Center Substitution
A.J. Moore Jr. primary: Safety Substitution
Jordan Thomas primary: Tight End Substitution
Carlos Watkins primary: Defensive End Substitution
Jon Weeks primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Charles Omenihu primary: Defensive End Substitution
Cullen Gillaspia primary: Fullback Substitution
Taiwan Jones primary: Runningback Substitution
Bryan Anger primary: Punter Substitution
Duke Johnson primary: Runningback Substitution
Keion Crossen primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Kenny Stills primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Cornell Armstrong primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Barkevious Mingo primary: Outside Linebacker Substitution
Jacob Martin primary: Outside Linebacker Substitution
Jonathan Owens primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Tyrell Adams primary: Inside Linebacker Not active
Keke Coutee primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Justin Reid primary: Safety Not active
Bradley Roby primary: Cornerback Not active
AJ McCarron primary: Quarterback Did not play
Lonnie Johnson Jr. primary: Cornerback Not active
Mike Adams primary: Free Safety Not active
Chris Clark primary: Offensive Tackle Not active

Indianapolis Colts

Houston Texans

  • Match Start
  • Period 2
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 36 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Adam Vinatieri
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 35 Yards
    • Passer: Deshaun Watson
    • Pass Receiver: DeAndre Hopkins
    • Conv Kicker: Ka'imi Fairbairn
  • MIN 4
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 5 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Adam Vinatieri
    • Rusher: Jacoby Brissett
  • MIN 13
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 35 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Ka'imi Fairbairn
  • Period 3
  • MIN 2
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 36 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Ka'imi Fairbairn
  • MIN 5
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 13 Yards
    • Rusher: Jonathan Williams
    • Conv Kicker: Adam Vinatieri
  • Period 4
  • MIN 12
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 30 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Ka'imi Fairbairn
    • Pass Receiver: DeAndre Hopkins
    • Passer: Deshaun Watson
  • Match End


Last 10

W 70% L 30%
7 3
  • Tennessee L 45 - 26
  • Green Bay W 31 - 34
  • @Tennessee W 34 - 17
  • Baltimore L 24 - 10
  • @Detroit W 41 - 21
  • Cincinnati W 27 - 31
  • @Cleveland L 23 - 32
  • @Chicago W 19 - 11
  • N.Y. Jets W 7 - 36
  • Minnesota W 11 - 28
W 40% L 60%
4 6
  • @Detroit W 41 - 25
  • New England W 20 - 27
  • @Cleveland L 7 - 10
  • @Jacksonville W 27 - 25
  • Green Bay L 35 - 20
  • @Tennessee L 36 - 42
  • Jacksonville W 14 - 30
  • Minnesota L 31 - 23
  • @Pittsburgh L 21 - 28
  • Baltimore L 33 - 16

Next Games

  • @Houston(11-21-19) L 17 - 20
  • @Las Vegas(10-28-18) W 42 - 28
  • Houston(10-20-19) W 23 - 30
  • @Pittsburgh(11-03-19) L 24 - 26
  • Jacksonville(11-17-19) W 13 - 33
  • Indianapolis(11-21-19) W 17 - 20
  • @Chicago(11-11-12) W 13 - 6
  • @Indianapolis(10-20-19) L 23 - 30
  • Cincinnati(12-24-16) W 10 - 12
  • Tennessee(12-29-19) L 35 - 14

Last Meetings

  • Colts @ Texans 17-20
  • Texans @ Colts 23-30
  • Colts @ Texans 21-7
  • Colts @ Texans 24-21
  • Texans @ Colts 37-34
  • Texans @ Colts 13-22
  • Colts @ Texans 20-14
  • Texans @ Colts 22-17
  • Colts @ Texans 23-26
  • Texans @ Colts 16-10

Last Injuries

Houston Texans

  • Charlie Heck

    day-to-day | questionable

    Heck sat out the previous contest due to an unspecified ailment. It is unknown if he will face the Colts in Week 13.

  • Nate Orchard

    day-to-day | questionable

    Orchard was held out of the lineup for the last game with an undefined injury, and it is uncertain if he will be active Week 13 against the Colts.

  • Cullen Gillaspia

    day-to-day | questionable

    Gillaspia has been held out of the previous two games due to a back injury, and it has yet to be established if he will take the field against the Colts in Week 13.

  • Josh McCown

    day-to-day | questionable

    McCown has been absent from the lineup during the previous three games due to a personal matter, and it is undetermined if he will make his team debut against the Colts during Week 13.

  • Isaiah Coulter

    day-to-day | questionable

    Coulter has been activated from the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list after healing from a neck strain, and it is unclear if he will return Week 13 against the Colts.

  • Randall Cobb

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Cobb has been shuttled to the injured reserve list due to a toe injury, and there is no timetable for recovery.

  • Xavier Su'a-Filo

    Prob Week 13 | I-R

    Su'a-Filo has been designated for the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list with a left ankle injury. He is expected to be activated to face the Dolphins in Week 13.

  • Kenny Stills

    day-to-day | questionable

    Stills missed the last game due to a quad injury, and it remains to be seen if he will dress for Week 13 versus the Colts.

Indianapolis Colts

  • Jonathan Taylor

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Taylor has popped up on the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list and will miss an unknown length of time.

  • Khari Willis

    day-to-day | questionable

    Willis left the previous game with injuries to his back and left hip, leaving his availability for Week 13 hazy.

  • Bobby Okereke

    day-to-day | questionable

    Okereke missed the last game with an ankle injury, and it is undetermined if he will partake in Week 13 against the Texans.

  • Isaiah Rodgers

    day-to-day | questionable

    Rodgers has been held out of the last two games due to a knee injury, and it is uncertain if he will be in the lineup against the Texans during Week 13.

  • Anthony Castonzo

    day-to-day | questionable

    Castonzo left the previous game with an MCL injury, and his status for Week 13 against the Texans is up in the air.

  • Ryan Kelly

    day-to-day | questionable

    Kelly sat out the previous game due to a neck injury, and it has yet to be established if he will take on the Texans in Week 13.

  • DeForest Buckner

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Buckner has been assigned to the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and it is unclear how much time he will need to recovery.

  • Matthew Adams

    Poss. Suspension
    day-to-day | questionable

    Adams is facing a possible suspension after being ejected from the previous game for throwing a punch. His status for Week 13 against the Texans is unclear.

Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston Texans

Deshaun Watson threw two scoring passes to DeAndre Hopkins, and the Houston Texans reclaimed sole possession of first place in the AFC South with a 20-17 victory over the visiting Indianapolis Colts on Thursday.

Watson passed for 298 yards with touchdowns of 35 and 30 yards to Hopkins, who finished with six catches for 94 yards for the Texans (7-4). Indianapolis (6-5) had won three consecutive games in Houston including in the wild-card round to eliminate the Texans last postseason.

The second Watson-to-Hopkins connection erased a 17-13 deficit with 12:43 left in the fourth quarter. Houston trailed 17-10 early in the third before Watson completed a 51-yard pass to Will Fuller that set up a 36-yard Ka'imi Fairbairn field goal with 2:47 left in the quarter. Fuller had seven catches for 140 yards.

The Colts appeared primed for a season sweep of their division rivals after mounting two touchdown drives that featured a combined 17 rushing plays over 18 total snaps. Indianapolis' dominance on the ground was exemplified by Jonathan Williams' 13-yard scoring run with 5:36 left in the third quarter, a play in which Williams bulldozed Texans linebacker Benardrick McKinney before sidestepping cornerback Johnathan Joseph and dashing into the end zone.

Williams rushed for 104 yards on 26 carries while the Colts totaled 175 rushing yards. But the Texans held Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett to 129 passing yards and saddled him with his first loss against Houston in five career starts with the Colts and New England Patriots.

Having mustered only 29 yards in the first quarter, the Colts capitalized on a break early in the second when Jabaal Sheard tipped a Watson pass intended for Fuller that Kenny Moore picked off at the Houston 42-yard line. Seven plays, all on the ground, later, Brissett scampered in for a 5-yard touchdown that provided Indianapolis a 7-3 lead with 4:28 remaining in the first half.

The interception was the first for Watson at NRG Stadium in 10 games.

The Texans responded quickly in reclaiming the lead, with Watson and Hopkins connecting on their first scoring strike to cap a seven-play, 75-yard drive.

Houston's 10-7 lead didn't last long, though, as the Colts skillfully used their three timeouts while covering 58 yards over 10 plays. Adam Vinatieri hit a 36-yard field goal as the half expired as the teams entered the break deadlocked.

--Field Level Media