Line: Colts -2.5

The NFL may need to reconsider the Thursday night game if the poor performances continue. All of these games have been blowouts and in most cases have heavily favored the home team. In most scenarios both teams have played a game on the previous Sunday and then only have 3 days to prepare. The home team can at least prepare at home, the road team must prepare and then travel to their opponent all in such a brief time frame. Texans running back Arian Foster has been stating that all week long. He states the obvious that its impossible to be physically ready after only 3 days and that it is clearly just a way fro the NFL to make more money. The Colts are ironically the dramatic exception to this rule. They have won 9 straight games on Thursday nights and 7 of them have come on the road. Both of these teams have identical 3-2 records in the AFC South and the winner will find themselves in first place.

Foster may not be happy to have to play during the week, however he has to be more than happy with his play last week when he rushed for 157 yards and two touchdowns after missing the previous game with an injury. He leads an offense that would love to use him early and often so it can open up their passing game as the game wears on. The Texans still have veteran wide receiver Andre Johnson who may have slowed down a step but he is still amongst the best receivers in the league. He had 5 catches in their overtime loss to the Cowboys last week. This made him the second fastest player to reach 950 catches in his career. The Texans rallied for 17-second half points after going scoreless in the first half but eventually lost to the Cowboys in overtime. Foster scored the game-tying touchdown with only 42 seconds left and it appears that the Texans offense will only go as far as he can take them. Outside of Johnson they have gotten little production from the wide receiver position and they have a journeyman quarterback in Ryan Fitzpatrick who can manage a game, but is not going to win it on his own.

The Colts lead the league in passing and are built around franchise quarterback Andrew Luck, however in their win over the Ravens last week they ran the ball more frequently, perhaps setting the stage for a more balanced offense going forward. Luck had 2 interceptions in a performance below his standards, however he threw a touchdown and ran for another and it was enough to get the win. 20 Colts points turned out to be enough because a strong Colt defense held Baltimore to only 13 points as well as making them go 1 for 11 on third downs. The Colts defense was so dominant that they had almost an 18-minute difference in time of possession.

Pick: Colts -2.5

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