What on earth is going on with the Houston Texans? When Deshaun Watson entered the league last year he set the league on fire and couldn’t stop throwing touchdown passes. The Texans currently sit at a 0-3 record and will now travel to Indianapolis to take on the Colts. The AFC South rivalry continues as the Colts sit at third place in the division with a 1-2 record. Houston looks to get a much-needed win and try to salvage the rest of their season currently sitting last place in the division.
Oddsmakers expect this to be a pretty close game only favoring the Colts at home -1.5. The weather is expected to be clear on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium, with temperatures in the mid-sixties.
Texans vs. Colts Odds
Spread: Indianapolis Colts -1.5
Texans vs. Colts Head to Head
The Colts lead the all-time series against the Texans with a record of 25-7. Indianapolis got the best of Houston last season winning both of their matchups. A lot of that has to do with the fact that Watson went down with a season-ending injury last season leaving the Texans with Tom Savage and T.J. Yates as their backups. The Colts now have Andrew Luck back and are a much-improved offense with him behind center.
Texans vs. Colts Stats
Despite the loss to the Giants last week, Watson put together a very solid outing completing 24-of-40 pass attempts for 385 yards and two touchdown passes. Watson has thrown at least one interception each week and heads into a matchup against a revamped Indianapolis defense.
Rookie second-round pick Darius Leonard leads the entire league in tackles (41) heading into Week 4. Leonard is tied for the most tackles through the first three games of a season in NFL history being Ray Lewis (44), London Fletcher (43) and Zach Thomas (43). After sitting out the first game for the Texans, wide receiver Will Fuller has put together back-to-back 100-yard weeks.
Fuller has also scored a touchdown in each week, him and Deandre Hopkins will help stretch the field for Watson on Sunday. With names like Watt, Clowney and Mathieu on defense for the Texans, Luck will be under a lot of pressure with a bottom half offensive-line.
Texans vs. Colts News
The Texans sent third-string receiver Bruce Ellington to the IR with a hamstring injury. This is the last thing the Texans top-heavy receiving corps needed as Ellington had already logged 131 snaps this season. This leaves the team really needing rookie slot man Keke Coutee (hamstring) to get healthy. Ellington will be a candidate to return after eight weeks.
Houston also placed linebacker Dylan Cole on the IR with a wrist injury. The Colts will be down to their third-string right tackle after losing J’Marcus Webb for the season and now Joe Haeg for a few weeks. That’s a very important position because whoever lines up at right tackle has the difficult task of blocking J.J. Watt.
Texans vs. Colts Predictions
We’re taking the Colts over the Texans this week 25-19.