Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans NFL Week 13 Odds

Indianapolis Colts NFL Week 13 Odds

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It will be important to watch the injury report for the Indianapolis Colts headed into this week’s game against the Houston Texans. The Colts are dealing with significant injuries on both the offensive and defensive line ahead of this game, and they might be without DeForest Buckner, Denico Autry, Anthony Castonzo, and Ryan Kelly. Their absences would be hard to overcome for Indianapolis, as the 7-4 Colts look to strengthen their hold on a playoff spot. Indianapolis is just 1-2 in division play ahead of this game, so Houston is only a field goal underdog on Sunday afternoon.

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Indianapolis Colts Week 13 Odds

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Indianapolis Colts Week 13 Matchup

There’s no doubt that Deshaun Watson is the best quarterback in the AFC South. Watson had a sluggish start to the season, but he has roared back with a vengeance to silence anyone doubting his star status. He has gone six games without throwing an interception, and he has completed 68.9 percent of his passes for 3,201 yards (8.8 YPA) with 24 touchdowns and five picks.

Watson won’t have three of his four top receivers though. Leading receiver Will Fuller V has been suspended for the rest of the season, Randall Cobb is currently on injured reserve, and Kenny Stills was released. That leaves Brandin Cooks as the clear top option for the Texans, and there isn’t a quality second option. Houston might throw to its tight ends a lot more than we have seen in prior weeks as a result of those absences.

The Texans are hoping to see David Johnson back in action this week. Johnson has missed the last few weeks due to a concussion, and Houston would benefit from having him in uniform once more as its other two running backs have had a hard time moving the chains. Johnson is averaging 4.0 YPC, while Duke Johnson is averaging 3.0 YPC and C.J. Prosise is averaging 1.9 YPC.

Indianapolis is allowing just 3.8 YPC. However, much of that has to do with the acquisition of Buckner in the offseason. He should be an All-Pro after what we saw last week against Tennessee. Darius Leonard is well on his way to another season with over 100 tackles, but top defensive back Malik Hooker is on injured reserve.

What the Colts have done on offense hasn’t been pretty, but it’s worked out. Indianapolis is averaging 27.5 PPG and 370 YPG as Philip Rivers has proven to be better than Jacoby Brissett under center. Rivers isn’t lighting up opposing defenses like he did with the Chargers, but he has been able to move the chains when asked for the most part. The offensive line has done a great job of protecting him too, as he has been sacked less often than any other full-time starting quarterback.

Rivers has needed to take on a lot since the ground game has had a real hard time establishing the run. Indianapolis ranks 31st in the NFL with just 3.7 YPC as none of Jonathan Taylor, Jordan Wilkins, or Nyheim Hines are averaging more than 3.8 YPC. Taylor figures to be back in the lineup though after missing last week’s game.

Houston’s defense is playing better over the last couple weeks. The Texans are still one of the worst teams on this side of the ball though, allowing 409.5 YPG. Their secondary is potentially susceptible in this game as Bradley Roby and Gareon Conley are both out, leading to Vernon Hargreaves III and Phillip Gaines starting in their stead.

Indianapolis Colts Week 12 Recap

We saw how important DeForest Buckner is to Indianapolis’ run defense last week against Tennessee. Buckner and Denico Autry both missed last week’s game and were placed on the COVID-19 list. That led to one of the NFL’s best run defenses being gashed by Derrick Henry and the Titans. Henry carried the ball 27 times for 178 yards and found the end zone three times in the first half in a 45-26 rout of the Colts.

Ryan Tannehill didn’t have to do much, but he completed 13 of 22 passes for 221 yards and a touchdown as Tennessee raced out to a 35-14 lead at halftime. Rivers did what he could in the loss, throwing for nearly 300 yards, but the run game was unable to have any real success for Indianapolis. The Colts ran the ball 21 times for 56 yards on the day.

Indianapolis Colts Schedule & Results

Week 1 at Jacksonville Jaguars L 20-27 0-1
Week 2 vs Minnesota Vikings W 28-11 1-1
Week 3 vs New York Jets W 36-7 2-1
Week 4 at Chicago Bears W 19-11 3-1
Week 5 at Cleveland Browns L 23-32 3-2
Week 6 vs Cincinnati Bengals W 31-27 4-2
Week 8 at Detroit Lions W 41-21 5-2
Week 9 vs Baltimore Ravens L 10-24 5-3
Week 10 at Tennessee Titans W 34-17 6-3
Week 11 vs Green Bay Packers W 34-31 (OT) 7-3
Week 12 vs Tennessee Titans L 26-45 7-4
Week 13 at Houston Texans Sunday, December 6 1:00 PM (CBS)
Week 14 at Las Vegas Raiders Sunday, December 13 4:05 PM (CBS)
Week 15 vs Houston Texans Sunday, December 20 TBD
Week 16 at Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday, December 27 1:00 PM (CBS)
Week 17 vs Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, January 3 1:00 PM (CBS)
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Colts Past Seasons (2000)

2019 7-9 None
2018 10-6 Lost Divisional Round
2017 4-12 None
2016 8-8 None
2015 8-8 None
2014 11-5 Lost Conference Championship
2013 11-5 Lost Divisional Round
2012 11-5 Lost Wild Card Round
2011 2-14 None
2010 10-6 Lost Wild Card Round
2009 14-2 Lost Super Bowl
2008 12-4 Lost Wild Card Round
2007 13-3 Lost Divisional Round
2006 12-4 Won Super Bowl
2005 14-2 Lost Divisional Round
2004 12-4 Lost Divisional Round
2003 12-4 Lost Conference Championship
2002 10-6 Lost Wild Card Round
2001 6-10 None
2000 10-6 Lost Wild Card Round

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