The Indianapolis Colts had every chance in the world to upset the Baltimore Ravens on Monday night. Missed field goals and an extraordinary night by Lamar Jackson did the Colts in, and they racked up another loss. The Houston Texans know how the Colts feel.
Houston has had an abysmal season, losing four in a row and looking like one of the worst teams in the league. These two teams who have had some bad luck this season will meet on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, as the Colts will host the Texans.
Both teams are sitting at 1-4 and are looking to change their luck. Let’s take a closer look at them so you can bet against their NFL odds.
NFL Betting Preview for Houston at Indianapolis
Houston Texans Analysis
After an offseason full of turmoil surrounding the front office and Deshaun Watson, the Texans were looking for something good to happen. It did happen in Week 1 when they defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars. But since then, nothing has gone their way.
Starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor has missed the last few games due to injury. Rookie quarterback Davis Mills has played well at times, but he has had his fair share of struggles.
Many thought that Houston’s rushing trio of Mark Ingram, Phillip Lindsay, and David Johnson would spark their offense, but with a weak offensive line, these three really haven’t gotten anything going.
The Texans defense has given up nearly 30 points per game. They have some nice, young pieces, but Lovie Smith has a lot of work ahead of him to get this unit into shape.
Indianapolis Colts Analysis
The Colts took a huge chance when they traded for Carson Wentz. Wentz had struggled in his last two seasons in Philadelphia. Frank Reich was hoping that he could bring back the version of Wentz that he saw have great success in Philadelphia. So far, Reich hasn’t been able to bring back the best of Wentz.
After squandering a 19-point lead on Monday night, the Colts are looking to rebound on Sunday. Jonathan Taylor has played well lately and has sparked the Indy offense. Michael Pittman Jr. has been the Colts’ leading receiver.
Last season, the Colts had one of the top defenses in the league. This season, the unit hasn’t played as well as it did last season. If the Colts want to make it back into the playoffs, both the offense and the defense are going to need to play much better. This week is as good of a time as any to turn things around and get back into the playoff hunt.
You know that Las Vegas has its doubts about Houston when a 1-4 team is a 10-point favorite over the Texans. The numbers tend to back the Houston Texans. Houston is 4-1 against the spread in its last five games against an AFC opponent. The Colts are 1-4 against the spread in its last five home games.
While we think the Colts will win the game, we’re going to take Houston and the points. Ten points is just a few too many, in our opinion. Go with Houston in this one.