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Colts vs. Texans NFL Betting Preview 10/16

After the first five games of the season, we still really don’t know what to make of the Indianapolis Colts. This is a team that had been dominating things in the AFC South, until things WENT south last year with the injury to Andrew Luck. Even after going through a succession of quarterbacks in his stead, they still were in the running for the division crown until very late in the season. Now that they have Luck back, they do indeed resemble the “cardiac Colts,” but they are finding it very difficult to prevent teams from moving the chains.

After the first five games of the season, we still really don’t know what to make of the Indianapolis Colts. This is a team that had been dominating things in the AFC South, until things WENT south last year with the injury to Andrew Luck. Even after going through a succession of quarterbacks in his stead, they still were in the running for the division crown until very late in the season. Now that they have Luck back, they do indeed resemble the “cardiac Colts,” but they are finding it very difficult to prevent teams from moving the chains. They have a chance to tie for the division lead on Sunday night as they make a visit to NRG Stadium in Houston for a date with the Houston Texans. This game starts at 8:30 PM ET and is televised on NBC, and BetAnySports customers will have the opportunity, even after the opening kickoff, to place wagers in real time while the contest is in progress, using the resources available through Live Betting Ultra.

Teams have moved rather freely against the Indianapolis defense, which has surrendered 4.6 yards per rushing attempt and eight yards per pass. The Chicago Bears are not known as an offensive juggernaut, and they were playing without their regular starting quarterback and regular starting running back last weekend. Yet, they rolled up more than 500 yards on the Colts, although they could not close out a victory. That was an extremely fortunate circumstance for Indianapolis, and the dynamic might be slightly different against Houston, which is much better on the defensive side of the ball.

We say that even as they are missing JJ Watt, perhaps the NFL’s premier defender, who is going to miss the rest of the season. This team has 13 sacks, and Luck has been sacked 20 times, so suffice it to say that he is going to be somewhat vulnerable at some point during this contest.

In the Sunday night NFL betting odds that have been posted on this game by the people at BetAnySports, Houston is favored:

Houston Texans -3 (-105)
Indianapolis Colts +3 (-115)

Over 48 points -110
Under 48 points -110

The acquisition of Frank Gore to be the Colts’ featured back reportedly brought about some friction between head coach Chuck Pagano and general manager Ryan Grigson. Well, to be fair, that was one of a number of issues. These guys are trying to keep an even keel right now, and they have assured the press that relations are good. Skeptical NFL observers would say that’s what usually happens before somebody has the axe fall on their head. Has the Indianapolis running game than adequate enough to keep pressure off Luck? Well, the statistics would indicate “no.” Houston is a team that has probably achieved a little better balance, with new acquisition Lamar Miller carrying the ball. But Miller is not having a Pro Bowl season, with just 3.7 yards per attempt.

We don’t know what the Texans were expecting out of Brock Osweiler, the tall, rangy quarterback who stepped in for seven starts while Peyton Manning was injured in Denver last year. But some BetAnySports patrons who may have been looking for a savior in Houston have not quite gotten it yet. Osweiler has already thrown seven interceptions, and his completion percentage (58%) and yards per attempt (six) leave something to be desired. Clearly what Houston has to get is some ball control and a big-play here or there from either of their wide receivers – DeAndre Hopkins or Will Fuller, the rookie out of Notre Dame has been quite the revelation (16.4 yards per reception).

They also know they have to stop Luck for 60 minutes, and that is a real task. TY Hilton remains his top target, with 507 yards and three touchdowns already, but Luck knows that he can go down the field to Philip Dorsett, who has a whopping 21.9 yards per catch. And in crunch time, Adam Vinatieri is as dependable as ever, making all 12 of his extra points, with a perfect 13-for-13 on field-goal attempts.

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