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Houston Texans vs. Indianapolis Colts Pick & Prediction DEC 20TH 2020

FinishedTV: CBSLucas Oil Stadium Indianapolis

OP
52.5
-6.5
CU
52.5o -105
-9 +110
ML
1100
400
Partials
1 2 3 4
0 10 3 7
14 0 3 10
Score
20
27
Recap
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Houston Texans vs. Indianapolis Colts Recap DEC 20TH 2020

Jacoby Brissett completed 26 of 39 passes for a career-high 326 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Colts to a 30-23 win over the Houston Texans in a battle for first in the AFC South.

The Texans (4-3) closed within 28-23 on a 4-yard touchdown pass from Deshaun Watson to DeAndre Hopkins with 6:38 left.

With under three minutes left and forced to punt from its own end zone, Houston elected to take a safety, conceding two points when punter Bryan Anger ran out of the back of the end zone to make it 30-23 with 2:44 remaining.

Houston got the ball back at its own 36-yard line with 1:41 left, but Watson was intercepted by Darius Leonard with under a minute left.

Zach Pascal caught six passes for 106 yards and two touchdowns for the Colts (4-2).

Watson completed 23 of 34 passes for 308 yards, with one touchdown and two interceptions.

The Colts opened the scoring with 5:01 remaining in the first quarter on an 11-yard touchdown pass from Brissett to Pascal, which capped off a 12-play, 94-yard drive.

After a field by Ka'imi Fairbairn helped Houston cut the Indianapolis lead to 7-3 with 9:05 left in the second quarter, the Texans had a golden opportunity to take the lead when Whitney Mercilus recovered a Colts fumble at the Indianapolis 6-yard line and returned it to the 4 to set up a first-and-goal.

But Houston went backward on its possession and had to settle for a 31-yard Fairbairn field goal to make it 7-6 Colts with 6:25 to go in the second quarter.

Indianapolis then took a 14-6 lead with 1:49 remaining in the second quarter on a 2-yard touchdown pass from Brissett to T.Y. Hilton.

Indianapolis took a 21-9 lead with 10:34 left in the third quarter on a 4-yard touchdown pass from Brissett to Eric Ebron.

Houston then recorded its first touchdown of the game, going 75 yards in five plays and cutting the Indianapolis lead to 21-16 on a 4-yard touchdown run by Keke Coutee with 8:43 left in the third.

But the Colts went back up by two scores when Brissett hit Pascal for a 3-yard touchdown pass that gave Indianapolis a 28-16 lead with 1:14 remaining in the third.

--Field Level Media

Zach Pascal scored his second touchdown with less than two minutes to play and the Indianapolis Colts kept pace atop the AFC South with a 27-20 win over the visiting Houston Texans on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium.

The Colts (10-4) stayed tied atop the division with the Tennessee Titans by delivering in the clutch after the Texans (4-10) knotted the score at 20-all with Keke Coutee's 9-yard touchdown reception with 7:25 to play.

Pascal capped a 12-play, 75-yard drive with his 5-yard scoring grab with 1:47 left, but the critical play came when Philip Rivers found T.Y. Hilton for a 41-yard gain to the Houston 3-yard line.

Pascal totaled five receptions for 79 yards and two touchdowns. Rivers passed for 228 yards.

Houston threatened to tie the game late, but Colts linebacker Darius Leonard forced Coutee to fumble at the 2-yard line with 19 seconds left. The Colts, saved by a late fumble near the goal line in Houston two weeks ago, recovered in the end zone to seal the victory.

Deshaun Watson passed for 373 yards and two touchdowns, bumping his season total to a career-best 27. Texans running back David Johnson had 11 catches for 106 yards.

The Texans amassed 425 yards but what proved costly was an inability to convert twice in the red zone. Houston had two 12-play drives that totaled 131 yards yet yielded a pair of short Ka'imi Fairbairn field goals. The second, a 31-yarder that pulled Houston to within 17-13 with 1:19 left in the third, came after a crucial false start penalty against Jordan Atkins on third down.

The Colts enjoyed a rousing start, averaging 8.8 yards per play through the first quarter while grabbing a 14-0 lead. Indianapolis covered 81 yards in 10 plays on its initial possession, amassing 47 yards on the ground including a 5-yard touchdown run by Jonathan Taylor.

Indianapolis didn't have to cover nearly as much ground on its second scoring march, converting a Watson fumble at the Houston 42 into Rivers' 11-yard touchdown pass to Pascal. DeForest Buckner forced Watson to fumble with his strip sack and Justin Houston recovered for the Colts, who got a 26-yard Rivers-to-Pascal pass play just prior to their scoring connection.

But as the Colts cooled, and Indianapolis totaled just 87 yards the remainder of the half, the Texans got going. Watson engineered a seven-play, 79-yard scoring drive that included a challenging third-down conversion before Watson found Chad Hansen wide open in the secondary for a 38-yard touchdown. For Hansen, elevated from the practice squad, it was his first career score.

--Field Level Media

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Houston Texans

Indianapolis Colts

Player Position Lineup
Tyrell Adams primary: Linebacker Starter
Jordan Akins primary: Tight End Starter
Keion Crossen primary: Cornerback Starter
Zach Cunningham primary: Linebacker Starter
Zach Fulton primary: Right Guard Starter
Tytus Howard primary: Right Tackle Starter
Lonnie Johnson Jr. primary: Safety Starter
Nick Martin primary: Center Starter
Whitney Mercilus primary: Linebacker Starter
Charles Omenihu primary: Defensive End Starter
Laremy Tunsil primary: Left Tackle Starter
Carlos Watkins primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Deshaun Watson primary: Quarterback Starter
J.J. Watt primary: Defensive End Starter
David Johnson primary: Runningback Starter
Brent Qvale primary: Left Guard Starter
Eric Murray primary: Safety Starter
Vernon Hargreaves III primary: Cornerback Starter
Brandin Cooks primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Chad Hansen primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Pharaoh Brown primary: Tight End Starter
Corey Liuget primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Bryan Anger primary: Punter Substitution
Cornell Armstrong primary: Cornerback Substitution
Keke Coutee primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Ka'imi Fairbairn primary: Kicker Substitution
Darren Fells primary: Tight End Substitution
Buddy Howell primary: Runningback Substitution
Roderick Johnson primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Peter Kalambayi primary: Inside Linebacker Substitution
Senio Kelemete primary: Guard Substitution
Jacob Martin primary: Outside Linebacker Substitution
Steven Mitchell primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
A.J. Moore Jr. primary: Safety Substitution
Brennan Scarlett primary: Outside Linebacker Substitution
Max Scharping primary: Guard Substitution
Kahale Warring primary: Tight End Substitution
Jon Weeks primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Nate Hall primary: Inside Linebacker Substitution
Jonathan Owens primary: Safety Substitution
Anthony Chesley primary: Cornerback Substitution
Ross Blacklock primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Jonathan Greenard primary: Outside Linebacker Substitution
Scottie Phillips primary: Runningback Substitution
Auzoyah Alufohai primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Kyle Emanuel primary: Inside Linebacker Substitution
Phillip Gaines primary: Cornerback Not active
Duke Johnson primary: Runningback Not active
AJ McCarron primary: Quarterback Did not play
Charlie Heck primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
John Reid primary: Cornerback Not active
Isaiah Coulter primary: Wide Receiver Did not play
C.J. Prosise primary: Runningback Not active
Josh McCown primary: Quarterback Not active
Andrew Brown primary: Defensive Tackle Not active
Player Position Lineup
Mo Alie-Cox primary: Tight End Starter
Denico Autry primary: Defensive End Starter
Anthony Castonzo primary: Left Tackle Starter
Jack Doyle primary: Tight End Starter
Mark Glowinski primary: Right Guard Starter
T.Y. Hilton primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Justin Houston primary: Defensive End Starter
Ryan Kelly primary: Center Starter
Darius Leonard primary: Weak Linebacker Starter
Tyquan Lewis primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Kenny Moore II primary: Cornerback Starter
Quenton Nelson primary: Left Guard Starter
Braden Smith primary: Right Tackle Starter
Grover Stewart primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Anthony Walker primary: Middle Linebacker Starter
Khari Willis primary: Strong Safety Starter
Rock Ya-Sin primary: Cornerback Starter
Philip Rivers primary: Quarterback Starter
Xavier Rhodes primary: Cornerback Starter
Michael Pittman Jr. primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Jonathan Taylor primary: Runningback Starter
Julian Blackmon primary: Free Safety Starter
Matthew Adams primary: Linebacker Substitution
Ben Banogu primary: Defensive End Substitution
Jacoby Brissett primary: Quarterback Substitution
Ashton Dulin primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Zaire Franklin primary: Linebacker Substitution
Nyheim Hines primary: Runningback Substitution
Marcus Johnson primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Al-Quadin Muhammad primary: Defensive End Substitution
George Odum primary: Safety Substitution
Bobby Okereke primary: Linebacker Substitution
Zach Pascal primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Luke Rhodes primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Rigoberto Sanchez primary: Punter Substitution
E.J. Speed primary: Linebacker Substitution
Kemoko Turay primary: Defensive End Substitution
Jordan Wilkins primary: Runningback Substitution
DeForest Buckner primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
T.J. Carrie primary: Cornerback Substitution
Trey Burton primary: Tight End Substitution
Danny Pinter primary: Guard Substitution
Isaiah Rodgers primary: Cornerback Substitution
Rodrigo Blankenship primary: Kicker Substitution
Taylor Stallworth primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Tavon Wilson primary: Safety Substitution
Chaz Green primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Jacob Eason primary: Quarterback Not active
Dezmon Patmon primary: Wide Receiver Not active
DeMichael Harris primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Tremon Smith primary: Cornerback Not active
Joey Hunt primary: Center Did not play
Will Holden primary: Offensive Tackle Not active

Houston Texans

Indianapolis Colts

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 11 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Rodrigo Blankenship
    • Pass Receiver: Zach Pascal
    • Passer: Philip Rivers
  • MIN 5
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 5 Yards
    • Rusher: Jonathan Taylor
    • Conv Kicker: Rodrigo Blankenship
  • Period 2
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 23 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Ka'imi Fairbairn
  • MIN 3
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 38 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Ka'imi Fairbairn
    • Pass Receiver: Chad Hansen
    • Passer: Deshaun Watson
  • Period 3
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 31 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Ka'imi Fairbairn
  • MIN 8
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 35 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Rodrigo Blankenship
  • Period 4
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 5 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Rodrigo Blankenship
    • Passer: Philip Rivers
    • Pass Receiver: Zach Pascal
  • MIN 7
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 9 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Keke Coutee
    • Passer: Deshaun Watson
    • Conv Kicker: Ka'imi Fairbairn
  • MIN 13
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 53 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Rodrigo Blankenship
  • Match End

GAMES

Last 10

W 30% L 70%
3 7
  • Tennessee L 41 - 38
  • Cincinnati L 37 - 31
  • @Indianapolis L 20 - 27
  • @Chicago L 7 - 36
  • Indianapolis L 26 - 20
  • @Detroit W 41 - 25
  • New England W 20 - 27
  • @Cleveland L 7 - 10
  • @Jacksonville W 27 - 25
  • Green Bay L 35 - 20
W 60% L 40%
6 4
  • @Buffalo L 24 - 27
  • Jacksonville W 14 - 28
  • @Pittsburgh L 24 - 28
  • Houston W 20 - 27
  • @Las Vegas W 44 - 27
  • @Houston W 26 - 20
  • Tennessee L 45 - 26
  • Green Bay W 31 - 34
  • @Tennessee W 34 - 17
  • Baltimore L 24 - 10

Last Meetings

  • Texans @ Colts 20-27
  • Colts @ Texans 26-20
  • 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

American Football Conference

AFC EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Buffalo Bills133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-29-0-1
Miami Dolphins106 0.6253.00.00.0 5-35-37-0-3
New England Patriots79 0.4386.00.00.0 5-32-65-0-5
New York Jets214 0.12511.00.00.0 1-71-72-0-8
AFC NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Pittsburgh Steelers124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-36-0-4
Baltimore Ravens115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Cleveland Browns115 0.6881.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Cincinnati Bengals411 1.2677.50.00.0 3-51-63-1-7
AFC SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Tennessee Titans115 0.6880.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Indianapolis Colts115 0.6880.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Houston Texans412 0.2507.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Jacksonville Jaguars115 0.06310.00.00.0 1-70-81-0-10
AFC WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Kansas City Chiefs142 0.8750.00.00.0 6-28-09-0-1
Las Vegas Raiders88 0.5006.00.00.0 2-66-25-0-5
Los Angeles Chargers79 0.4387.00.00.0 4-43-55-0-5
Denver Broncos511 0.3139.00.00.0 2-63-53-0-7

National Football Conference

NFC EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Washington Football Team79 0.4380.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
New York Giants610 0.3751.00.00.0 3-53-55-0-5
Dallas Cowboys610 0.3751.00.00.0 4-42-64-0-6
Philadelphia Eagles411 1.2672.50.00.0 3-41-73-1-7
NFC NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Green Bay Packers133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-28-0-2
Chicago Bears88 0.5005.00.00.0 3-55-33-0-7
Minnesota Vikings79 0.4386.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Detroit Lions511 0.3138.00.00.0 1-74-42-0-8
NFC SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
New Orleans Saints124 0.7500.00.00.0 6-26-28-0-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-27-0-3
Carolina Panthers511 0.3137.00.00.0 2-63-52-0-8
Atlanta Falcons412 0.2508.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
NFC WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Seattle Seahawks124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-37-0-3
Los Angeles Rams106 0.6252.00.00.0 6-24-46-0-4
Arizona Cardinals88 0.5004.00.00.0 4-44-44-0-6
San Francisco 49ers610 0.3756.00.00.0 1-75-33-0-7

Last Injuries

Indianapolis Colts

  • Jared Veldheer

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Veldheer has been shuttled to the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and he is without a definitive timetable for recovery.