Week 6 - Indianapolis Colds vs. Houston Texans
The 2-3 Indianapolis Colts travel to Houston to take on the 3-2 Texans in this week's Sunday night matchup. The Colts rebounded nicely last week with a 29-23 home victory over the Chicago Bears after losing to the Jacksonville Jaguars at home in week 4. Houston lost 31-13 to the Minnesota Vikings last week and their offense has struggled the last 3 games averaging less than 14 points per contest. Quarterback Brock Osweiler has struggled so far this season and has thrown 7 interceptions to only 6 touchdowns.
Osweiler finished the game last week with a quarterback rating of 12.2 as he completed only 19 of his 42 pass attempts for 184 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception. He was also sacked 4 times for a loss of 29 yards. C.J. Fiedorowicz led the team with 61 yards on 4 catches. DeAndre Hopkins had 5 catches for 56 yards and the team's only touchdown. Alfred Blue led a lackluster running game with 39 yards on 6 carries. The team as a whole rushed for 59 yards and had 243 yards of total offense. Defensively, they were not able to force a turnover and allowed 6 different Viking receivers to have a reception that went for at least 10 yards. They were able to sack Sam Bradford twice and had 8 tackles for losses. Jadeveon Clowney had 4 of those tackles for losses and now leads the entire NFL with 8 on the season.
Andrew Luck had a very nice game completing 28 of 39 passes for 322 yards, 2 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. He was sacked 5 times for a loss of 24 yards and has now been sacked 10 times in the past 2 games and a total of 20 times this season. His favorite target was T.Y. Hilton who had 10 catches for 170 yards and a touchdown. Hilton is questionable for this game as he was limited in Thursday's practice with a hip issue. As a team, they averaged 4.7 yards per rush with Frank Gore leading the way with 75 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. Defensively, they struggled, allowing the Bears to gain over 500 yards on offense including 397 by pass. They were able to force 1 turnover and had 6 tackles for losses. They also struggled with the run as they gave up over 6.5 yards per carry as Chicago gained 125 rushing yards on only 19 carries.
Indianapolis is 2-3 against the spread this season including 0-2 on the road. Houston is 3-2 against the spread including 3-0 at home. Houston has home field advantage in this contest and is favored by a field goal. Indianapolis is ranked 5th in league with over 27 points per game while the Texans are 3oth in the league with only 16.4 points per game. Defensively, Indianapolis has given up at least 22 points in all 5 games this season while Houston has given up 22 or more points only twice.