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Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston Texans Pick & Prediction DEC 5TH 2021

Complete TV: CBS NRG Stadium Houston
459Colts Indianapolis
460Texans Houston
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49
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-11 -102
47o -105
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ML: -440
ML: 350
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The Indianapolis Colts nearly pulled off a huge upset over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Unfortunately, they were unable to finish the Buccaneers off, which led to a 38-31 loss.

This week they face their AFC South rival, the Houston Texans. Houston might not look like a tough competitor, but the Colts can’t underestimate them here.

The Houston Texans are coming off of a loss to the New York Jets but showed some offensive skill. With Tyrod Taylor back at the helm, the Texans have a much better chance of winning.

This week, they’ll face an extremely tough test when they take on the Colts. How they’re planning to stop Jonathan Taylor is a mystery to us.

Colts vs. Texans Betting Odds

TV: CBS

MONEY LINE: Colts (-360) vs. Texans (+290)

SPREAD: Colts +8.5 (-110) vs. Texans +8.5 (-110)

GAME TOTAL: Over 46 (-105) vs. Under 46 (-115)

Colts vs. Texans Preview for NFL Week 13

The Indianapolis Colts have established themselves as one of the league’s best rushing offenses. On average, the Colts rush for 144.5 yards per game, ranking fourth in the NFL.

They’re led by Jonathan Taylor, currently the league-leading rusher. The Houston Texans will receive a heavy dose of Taylor on Sunday.

You can’t overlook the passing offense of the Colts, either, who had the Buccaneers on the ropes. They were able to score 31 points against one of the best defenses in the NFL.

If they want to take over the AFC South, they’ll need that offense to produce again. Lucky for them, they’re facing the 27th defense in the NFL.

As the Texans head into this game, the plan should be quite simple. Easy throws to get Tyrod Taylor in the swing of things and then attack downfield.

They can’t afford to play too conservatively against the Colts. If they do, the Colts will wear them out with the rushing offense for the entire game.

If the Texans can come in and put points on the board, it’ll put pressure on the Colts. With that pressure, there is a chance the Colts could turn the ball over. Houston will have to make the most of each possession, scoring on as many as possible. If they don’t, they’ll see this game slip away from them rather quickly.

Colts at Texans Picks

Colts 24 - Texans 20

The Colts have a 7-5 record against the spread and are 4-1 ATS on the road. This gives us a ton of confidence in the Colts to win this one and cover the spread.

We know that it might seem like it’s a lot of points, but the Colts defense can hold up. More importantly, their running game will trample over the Texans with ease.

On average, the Houston Texans allow 135.64 rushing yards per game. This week they face the best running back in the NFL, behind the best offensive line.

Needless to say, the Texans come in at a remarkable disadvantage on both sides of the ball. Take the road team to win this game and cover the spread.

EXTRA POINTS

1. In their last ten games, the Indianapolis Colts are 8-2 against the Texans.

2. The Indianapolis Colts are 6-3 ATS in their last nine games.

3. The total has gone OVER in 5 of Indianapolis' last six games.

Best Bet: Indianapolis Colts -8.5

Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston Texans Recap DEC 5TH 2021

Jonathan Taylor posted his seventh 100-yard rushing game this season and matched the franchise record for single-season rushing touchdowns, lifting the visiting Indianapolis Colts to a 31-0 victory over the Houston Texans on Sunday.

The Colts' previous road shutout was a 6-0 win over the New England Patriots on Dec. 6, 1992.

Taylor had 32 attempts for 143 yards plus scoring runs of 1 and 3 yards, bumping his season total to 16 rushing touchdowns and matching the number Hall of Famer Lenny Moore produced in 1964. The Colts (7-6) remained unbeaten when Taylor has rushed for at least 100 yards.

Defensively the Colts dominated, allowing 141 yards while forcing a pair of turnovers. The Texans (2-10) failed to complete a pass to a wide receiver until late in the third quarter and crossed midfield for the first time that same drive, the first with rookie Davis Mills at quarterback.

Mills supplanted veteran Tyrod Taylor, who finished 5 of 13 for 45 yards with an interception. The Colts sacked Taylor twice and battered him repeatedly, sending Taylor to the medical tent after his last possession. Taylor was evaluated for an injury and cleared to return but did not.

Colts nickel back Kenny Moore II had a hand in both Houston turnovers. He picked off Taylor on the Texans' first offensive snap of the game, and the Colts covered the subsequent 29 yards in six plays. Jonathan Taylor took a direct snap before converting his first score for a 7-0 lead.

Moore forced a fumble on the ensuing Texans possession, punching the ball free from Houston tight end Pharaoh Brown that Xavier Rhodes recovered for Indianapolis. However, the Colts failed to convert that takeaway into points when Michael Badgley missed a 35-yard field goal.

The Colts struggled offensively until their final drive of the first half.

Carson Wentz converted on fourth down with a quarterback sneak and later completed a third-down pass to tight end Jack Doyle that moved the chains again. Wentz capped that march with a 2-yard pass to Ashton Dulin for a 14-0 lead with 43 seconds left in the half, one in which Houston managed just 48 yards on 23 plays.

The Colts covered 75 yards in nine plays on their opening possession of the third quarter, one capped by the second touchdown run for Jonathan Taylor.

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