Houston Texans vs Indianapolis Colts NFL Week 13 Odds

Houston Texans NFL Week 13 Odds

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It’s been a tough year for Houston, but the Texans have now won three of four games since the bye week. They are still likely to post their second losing season in the last seven years, yet their playoff hopes have not been dashed. Currently, Houston is just two games out of the hunt in the expanded format. However, this week’s game against the Indianapolis Colts will be a little tougher than expected at the start of the week. Leading receiver Will Fuller V and starting cornerback Bradley Roby were both suspended for the remainder of the 2020 campaign due to failed PED tests.

2020 Houston Texans at a Glance

Super Bowl Odds: +35000

Houston Texans Week 13 Odds

Houston Texans +3

Indianapolis Colts -3

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Houston Texans Week 13 Matchup

Indianapolis is coming off a loss to Tennessee last week. The Colts weren’t the same on defense without DeForest Buckner in the middle of the defensive line, allowing Derrick Henry to gash this front seven for 178 yards and three scores in a 45-26 victory for the Titans. They would love to have both Buckner and Denico Autry back along the defensive line this week, but both players are currently on the COVID-19 list.

That could mean Houston’s dormant running game gets going. The Texans might welcome back David Johnson this week. Johnson suffered a concussion three weeks ago, and he hasn’t been on the field since that time. He is easily the best running back on the roster, averaging 4.0 YPC, as both Duke Johnson and C.J. Prosise are running for under 3.0 YPC.

Johnson’s absence has put even more pressure on Deshaun Watson to perform. Watson continues to rise to the occasion though, showing that he is one of the top five quarterbacks in the NFL. He has completed almost 69 percent of his passes for 8.8 YPA with 24 touchdowns and five interceptions. Watson has not thrown an interception in six straight games, tossing 15 touchdowns and running for at least 24 YPG in that time.

Randall Cobb is on injured reserve and Kenny Stills has been released, so Brandin Cooks is the only standout receiver left on the roster following the Fuller suspension. Cooks has had a nice season, catching 52 passes for 719 yards and three touchdowns, and he has stayed healthy. Keke Coutee will be the other starting receiver alongside Cooks, so Watson might use tight ends Darren Fells and Jordan Akins more often.

The Colts might not have two of their top three offensive linemen this week. Standout left guard Quenton Nelson is healthy, but left tackle Anthony Castonzo and center Ryan Kelly are both banged up. Kelly missed last week’s game with a neck injury and is considered questionable according to Frank Reich, while Castonzo is doubtful with an MCL sprain.

Jonathan Taylor missed last week’s game against Tennessee as he was on the COVID-19 list, but he is expected to return as he never tested positive and was only considered high risk due to exposure. Taylor has been Indy’s favorite option at running back, but none of the three backs are averaging more than 3.8 YPC.

Veteran Philip Rivers has been decent under center for Indianapolis this season. However, he has thrown three interceptions in his last four games although he consistently has a clean pocket to work with behind this offensive line. That’s something Houston might be able to exploit.

The Texans rank dead last in interception rate, but their defensive line has done a better job of deflecting passes over the last couple weeks. They haven’t been great at stopping the run though, conceding an NFL worst 4.9 YPC. Houston has a good chance of stopping Indianapolis though, especially if Castonzo and Kelly don’t play.

Houston Texans Week 12 Recap

Thanksgiving was great for Houston, as the Texans cruised to a 41-25 victory over the Lions in Detroit. Watson hit multiple big passes against this secondary, completing 17 of 25 passes for 318 yards and four touchdowns. His favorite target was Will Fuller V who had six catches for 171 yards and two scores, as Houston’s ground game wasn’t able to do much with David Johnson on injured reserve.

These two teams ended the game relatively even in yardage, but Houston made the most of Detroit’s miscues. The Lions turned the ball on three straight possessions in the first quarter, and a J.J. Watt interception return for a touchdown got the Texans rolling. The victory led to Matt Patricia being fired, and appreciative Detroit fans donated thousands of dollars to charities around Houston as a result.

Houston Texans Schedule & Results

Week 1 at Kansas City Chiefs L 20-34 0-1
Week 2 vs Baltimore Ravens L 16-33 0-2
Week 3 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 21-28 0-3
Week 4 vs Minnesota Vikings L 23-31 0-4
Week 5 vs Jacksonville Jaguars W 30-14 1-4
Week 6 at Tennessee Titans L 36-42 (OT) 1-5
Week 7 vs Green Bay Packers L 20-35 1-6
Week 9 at Jacksonville Jaguars W 27-25 2-6
Week 10 at Cleveland Browns L 7-10 2-7
Week 11 vs New England Patriots W 27-20 3-7
Week 12 at Detroit Lions W 41-25 4-7
Week 13 vs Indianapolis Colts Sunday, December 6 1:00 PM (CBS)
Week 14 at Chicago Bears Sunday, December 13 1:00 PM (CBS)
Week 15 at Indianapolis Colts Sunday, December 20 TBD
Week 16 vs Cincinnati Bengals Sunday, December 27 1:00 PM (CBS)
Week 17 vs Tennessee Titans Sunday, January 3 1:00 PM (CBS)
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Texans Past Seasons (2002)

2019 10-6 Lost Divisional Round
2018 11-5 Lost Wild Card
2017 4-12 None
2016 9-7 Lost Divisional Round
2015 9-7 Lost Wild Card
2014 9-7 None
2013 2-14 None
2012 12-4 Lost Divisional Round
2011 10-6 Lost Divisional Round
2010 6-10 None
2009 9-7 None
2008 8-8 None
2007 8-8 None
2006 6-10 None
2005 2-14 None
2004 7-9 None
2003 5-11 None
2002 4-12 None

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