The Houston Texans and the Indianapolis Colts go head-to-head in Week 6 of the NFL 2021 season. Both teams struggle to find their footing and are eager to improve their 1-4 record. This is a chance for the visitors to get a tighter grip on the AFC South top spot while the hosts breathe down their necks from the No. 3 spot.
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Texans vs. Colts Game Information
- When: Sunday, October 17, 2021, 1:00 PM ET
- Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana
- TV: CBS
- Radio: SportsRadio 610 (Texans) / 1070 The Fan (Colts)
- Live Stream:NFL Game Pass
- NFL Odds: Houston Texans (TBA) / Indianapolis Colts (TBA)
Why Bet on the Houston Texans?
After their opening game win against the Jaguars, the Texans have been on a downward spiral and are now on a four-game losing streak. Nevertheless, they find themselves second in AFC South with a 1-4 record.
In Week 5, they fell in the hands of the Patriots, 25-22. It was a tough home loss for the team, especially after going scoreless in the final quarter. David Mills recorded 312 yards on 20-of-29 passing. The quarterback had a spectacular night as he added 3 touchdowns to his stats. He employed the expertise of Chris Moore, who ran 109 yards and scored a touchdown in 5 receptions. Chris Conley came in second with 84 yards and 1 touchdown on 3 receptions. Lastly, closing the receiving touchdown account was Antony Auclair who documented 1 TD.
Furthermore, Mark Ingram Jr. led the rushing attack with 41 yards on 16 carries but failed to find the end zone. By the final whistle, the Patriots dominated the Texans in rushing yards 126 to 67.
Defensively, Christian Kirksey imposed his presence and led the unit with 12 tackles (6 solo). Terrance Mitchell was the only other player to record 6 solo tackles but had 5 fewer assisted tackles. Jonathan Greenard matched Justin Reid with 3 solo tackles while having the only sack of the Texans. In addition, Lonnie Johnson Jr. collected an interception on top of 4 tackles (1 solo).
The Texans’ defense comes into the game in full force, but it’s the offensive side that lacks firepower. Wide receiver Danny Amendola remains questionable due to a strained hamstring, while left tackle Laremy Tunsil is scheduled to have a thumb injury but plans to play through his injury.
Why Bet on the Indianapolis Colts?
The Indianapolis Colts are a promising team when playing in front of their fans. Although they are yet to secure a home win this season, we’ve seen the squad perform well at home. In their most recent contest, the Colts lost to the Ravens in OT, 31-25.
Despite the loss, Carson Wentz had a field day and found 402 yards on 25-of-35 passing. His stint includes 2 passing touchdowns. The quarterback utilized the presence of Jonathan Taylor topping the receiving end. In 116 yards and 3 receptions, the running back scored a touchdown. The second-best record goes to Michael Pittman Jr. with 89 yards and a touchdown on 6 receptions.
It was a close game on paper with both teams scoring over 500 total yards by the final whistle. However, the Colts executed better rushing plays and documented 123 rushing yards versus the Ravens’ 86 yards on the ground. Jonathan Taylor was responsible for adding 53 rushing yards and a touchdown on 3 receptions, while Marlon Mack ran 47 rushing yards and 5 carries.
Analyzing the defense, it was the duo of Darius Leonard and Bobby Okereke who impressed everyone. Both landed 7 solo tackles, although Leonard got hold of 4 more assisted tackles than Okereke at 6. Isaiah Rodgers finished with 6 solo tackles, and at the same time, Al-Quadin Muhammad and Kenny Moore II recorded 5 solo tackles each. Furthermore, Tyquan Lewis had a solo sack and shared a sack assist with Muhammad.
Several players made it to the questionable list after weeks of action. Right tackle Braden Smith is out with a foot and thumb injury. On defense, left defensive end Kwity Paye might not play due to hamstring issues and left cornerback Rock Ya-Sin struggles with his ankle.
Texans vs. Colts Betting Trends
- The Texans are 3-3 in their last 6 away games against the Colts.
- The Texans 4-2 against the spread in their last 6 away games against the Colts.
- The totals have gone over in 6 of the Texans’ last 10 away games.
- The Colts are 6-4 in their last 10 home games.
- The Colts are 4-6 against the spread in their last 10 home games.
- The totals have gone under in 8 of the Colts’ last 10 games against the Colts.
Texans vs. Colts Expert Betting Predictions
This seems to be a level matchup between the two teams, but the Colts are the better team coming off three road games and stretching the Ravens game to OT. Home-field advantage will play a huge part here, but the Houston Texans are coming off possibly their best showing of the season. They could’ve come out with the victory, yet they lacked offensive prowess. If they can get over this speed bump and head coach David Culley deals with injury issues well, covering the spread should be doable for the Texans.
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