Line: Texans -3

The 2-2 Indianapolis Colts will travel to Houston to take on the 1-3 Texans with both teams coming off poor performances. The Colts were able to just get by the Jackson Jaguars 16-13 at home and the Texans were completely blown out in 48-21. Jacksonville had multiple chances to beat the Colts but missed 2 field goals in the 4th quarter and missed a third in overtime. Houston quarterback Ryan Mallet was pulled in the 3rd quarter after going 12-27 with 150 yards and interception. Bryan Hoyer came in to replace Mallet and did well by throwing 2 touchdowns with 0 interceptions but it was too little too late.

Andrew Luck missed the first game of his career and Matt Hasselback did a decent job as a replacement throwing for 282 yards and touchdown. Even with Luck, the Colts offense has been very disappointing failing to score 17 points in 3 of the first 4 games. The running game was non-existent as they only gained 60 yards on 24 rushes as a team. Through 4 games, the Colts have rushed for more than 100 yards in a game only once. The Passing game was better as 6 different receivers racked up over 280 yards but only tight end Colby Fleener was able to find the end zone. All-pro Ty Hilton has been especially disappointing this year with only 22 receptions for 294 yards and 0 touchdowns on the year. Defensively, they allowed Jacksonville to gain 431 yards and gave up over 100 yards rushing to T.J. Yeldon and 100 yards receiving to Allen Hurns. However, they were able to shut the Jaguars out in the second half and overtime which helped preserve the victory.

The Texans played horrible on both sides of the ball. Offensively they committed 4 turnovers and were only able to rush the ball for 54 yards. Arian Foster was making return from a torn groin and was a non-factor as he was only able to rush for 10 yards on 8 carries. Defensively, They allowed 48 points, over 380 yards of offense, and allowed Devonta Freeman to rush for 3 touchdowns. J.J. Watt was the lone bright spot as he had 1 of the teams 2 sacks and 3 out of the teams 5 tackles for losses.

The Texans have announced Ryan Mallet will be the starter for this game even though Bryan Hoyer outplayed him last week. Andrew Luck’s status for this game is still uncertain for this week but on the year he has thrown 7 interceptions and only 5 touchdowns. The Colts have won the past 5 meetings between these 2 teams and are 2-2 against the spread this year. The Texans are only 1-3 against the spread this year but both of the Colts wins have come against the lowly Jaguars and Titans who have 2 wins combined. They won both of those games by a total of 5 points.

Pick: Texans -3

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