The Indianapolis Colts annihilated the Houston Texans in the first meeting this season. Have the Texans improved enough to avoid another such loss, or even score a victory in the rematch? Or will the Colts be the same Colts and crush Houston for the second time around this season? Check out our preview of this game below.
Betting Preview for the Indianapolis Colts vs Houston Texans Regular Season Week 13 Game on December 5, 2021
Where: NRG Stadium, Houston
When: Sunday, December 5, 2021, 1:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: CBS
Betting on the Indianapolis Colts (-9.5)
Regular Season Record: 6-6
All the Colts need to know to feel good about their chances to beat Houston in Week 13 is the fact that the Texans lost last week to the New York Jets. The Colts are coming off a 38-31 home loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 12, but at least that was against the reigning Super Bowl champions. The Colts had a real shot at beating Tom Brady and company but fell short, perhaps because they didn’t feed running back Jonathan Taylor enough carries. After tallying five total touchdowns in Week 11’s win against the Buffalo Bills on the road. Taylor carried the rock for only 16 times and rushed for 83 yards and a touchdown in the Bucs game. Colts head coach Frank Reich shouldn’t think too much about this. Just give the ball to Taylor and have him take care of business against Houston’s defense that is second-worst in the NFL in both rushing yards allowed and rushing touchdowns surrendered per game this season. Plus, Taylor rushed for 145 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries in the Colts’ 31-3 home win against the Texans in Week 6 at home.
The Colts are 4-0 against the spread in their last 4 road games.
Betting on the Houston Texans (+9.5)
Regular Season Record: 2-9
The Texans went from celebrating a huge upset 22-13 win over the Tennessee Titans in Week 11 on the road to lamenting a 21-14 home loss to the Jets in Week 12. That’s quite a swing for Houston, which is hoping to score another upset victory this time around. That will largely depend on how well quarterback Tyrod Taylor will play. Taylor had 158 passing yards and two touchdowns with an interception on 17/26 completions against the Jets. Veteran wide receiver Brandin Cooks led the Texans in that game with 45 receiving yards and a touchdown on three catches. But it will also depend on Houston’s defense, which has been playing with more consistency than the team’s offense. The Texans recorded four sacks on Wilson last Sunday. Jonathan Greenard has eight sacks this season, and he’ll look to make noise in the Colts’ backfield that is behind an offensive line that gave up three sacks to the Bucs.
Texans are 4-1 against the spread in their last five games as a home underdog.
The Colts win, 30-14.
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