Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans: 12/6/20 NFL Picks and Prediction
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Houston Texans (4-7) vs Indianapolis Colts (7-4)
Game Info: Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 1:00 pm (NRG Stadium)
Betting Odds: Houston Texans -2.5 -- Over/Under: 52.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Indianapolis Colts will travel to NRG Stadium to take on the Houston Texans this Sunday afternoon in NFL action.
The Indianapolis Colts had their 2-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 7-4 on the season after being defeated by the Tennessee Titans, 45-26, this past Sunday. Indianapolis has no answers for Derrick Henry who rushed for 178 yards & 3 TD’s and could not fight back after the Titans scored 24 unanswered points to take a 38-14 lead late in the 3rd quarter. Indianapolis was outgained by Tennessee by a 449-336 margin and committed one turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Colts was QB Philip Rivers who completed 24 of 42 passes for 295 yards, 2 TD, & 1 INT.
On the season, Indianapolis is averaging 27.5 ppg on 376.6 total yards per game (272.3 passing yds/g; 104.4 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Indianapolis has been led by QB Phillip Rivers who has completed 67.3% of his passes for 2,978 yard (270.5 yds/g), 16 TD, & 9 INT. The Indianapolis backfield has been led by the trio of Jonathan Taylor (135 att, 518 yards, 4 TD), Jordan Wilkins (78 att, 293 yards, TD), and Nyheim Hines (61 att, 208 yards, 2 TD; 44 rec, 362 yards, 4 TD). The top receiving threats for the Colts was T.Y. Hilton (33 rec, 408 yards, TD), Zach Pascal (32 rec, 407 yards, 2 TD), and Michael Pittman Jr. (26 rec, 330 yards, 1 TD).
Defensively, Indianapolis is holding their opponents to an average of 23.0 ppg on 326.1 total yards per game (224.2 passing yds/g; 101.9 rushing yds/g).
The Houston Texans won their 2nd straight game and improved to 4-7 on the season after defeating the Detroit Lions, 41-25, on Thanksgiving. Houston had no trouble finding success through their passing game and had no trouble securing the victory after a 40-yard TD reception by Will Fuller gave Houston a 34-17 lead with 12:09 left in the 4th quarter. Houston was outgained by Detroit by a 388-384 margin, however, did win the turnover battle by a 3-1 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Texans was QB Deshaun Watson who completed 17 of 25 passes for 318 yards & 4 TD’s.
On the season, Houston is averaging 24.4 ppg on 374.9 total yards per game (291.0 passing yds/g; 83.9 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Houston has been led by QB Deshaun Watson who has completed 68.9% of his passes for 3,201 yards (317.6 yds/g), 24 TD, & 5 INT. Watson is also the 2nd leading rusher for the Texans with 293 yards & 2 TD’s on 62 carries. The top receiving threats for the Texans have been Will Fuller V (53 rec, 879 yards, 8 TD), Brandin Cooks (52 rec, 719 yards, 3 TD), Randall Cobb (38 rec, 441 yards, 3 TD), and Darren Fells (19 rec, 275 yards, 1 TD). Leading the way for the Texans backfield has been Duke Johnson (67 att, 201 yards, TD) who has had the starting role since David Johnson (103 att, 408 yards, 3 TD) has gone on I/R.
Defensively, Houston is allowing their opponents to average 27.0 ppg on 423.6 total yards per game (268.9 passing yds/g; 154.7 rushing yds/g).
The Colts are 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a double-digit loss at home, however, are just 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games in December. The Texans are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games vs. AFC South opponents and just 4-11-2 ATS in their last 17 games in December.
Houston has won two in a row and has a great duo on Deshaun Watson & Will Fuller V, however, I think they will have a hard time with the Indianapolis defense as the Texans have little to no rushing attack. Indianapolis has a balanced attack and as I think Phillip Rivers and the Colts offense will be able to find some success against the Texans defense, I’m taking Indianapolis to cover this small spread. Good Luck!