INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Colts will travel to Houston in Week 9 for an AFC South matchup with the Texans. The game time is set for 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, Nov. 5, at NRG Stadium.
The contest will mark the 31st all-time regular season meeting between the teams, with Indianapolis leading the series, 23-7 (10-5 in Houston).
But the news isn’t so great for the Colts lately. They enter this game vs. the Texans (3-4) as a 13-point road underdogs, per Bovada. The over/under for the matchup opens at 49. Does anyone else see that number as just plain ridiculous?
The Colts’ 24-23 loss was the most complete game they have played all season but a fourth-quarter pick-six sunk their chances to win the game and likely sunk their chances for a second-half run.
The Texans are coming off of an absolute shootout with the Seattle Seahawks. Rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson helped put up 38 points against one of the NFC’s better teams, and nearly brought the Texans to victory on the road.
The only saving grace is that the Texans are without defensive end J.J. Watt and linebacker Whitney Mercilus, both of which are out for the season with injuries. But that doesn’t make this match up much easier for a struggling Colts secondary.
Indianapolis’ final eight opponents have a combined record of 28-21. The Colts already have lost to Jacksonville and Tennessee while they still have to play Houston twice. The Colts have finished with a 2-14 record once since 2011. That got them the No. 1 overall pick, which landed them Luck, in the 2012 draft.
They could be on their way to finishing with that record again.