TV Schedule: Sunday, Nov. 3, 8:30 p.m. ET, NBC
Stadium: Reliant Stadium
Weather: High 75, Low 58
Line: Indianapolis (-2.5)
The Indianapolis Colts are looking like a serious Super Bowl contender this season after beating a few of the NFL‘s best teams including the San Francisco 49ers, Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks. Not many teams can take down those teams, let alone all three in the same season. The 5-2 Colts have had a tough schedule to begin the year and it looks like they will play a few lighter opponents in the next couple of games. Andrew Luck has been great this season at quarterback for the Colts, passing for 1,574 yards and 10 touchdowns, but his favorite receiver, Reggie Wayne, suffered a season-ending injury last week. This opens up an opportunity for T.Y. Hilton who has been an impressive young wide out for the Colts this season, catching 27 passes for 412 yards and two scores. Although the Colts traded for Trent Richardson in week three, the run game is still struggling behind his three yards per carry.
On the other side of the field, the Houston Texans are in a downward spiral that is not looking too pretty. This team was a favorite to contend for an AFC South title prior to the season, but they are now 2-5 after four straight losses. Matt Schaub began the season as one of the top quarterbacks in the league and a veteran that could lead the Texans to a Super Bowl for the first time after making a strong push in the playoffs last season. Schaub has since been benched after passing for 1,574 yards and 10 touchdowns with three straight games with a pick-six before going down with an injury and finding the bench for the foreseeable future — even though he’s now healthy. Although the quarterbacks have struggled, Andre Johnson continues to be one of the best wide outs in the game with 48 catches for 584 yards and Arian Foster remains a top running back with 542 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively, the Texans have the top defense in the league in terms of yards allowed per game and passing yards allowed per contest. However, they struggle to keep teams out of the endzone, ranking 27th in points allowed per game and an unimpressive 28th in rushing yards allowed. Indianapolis, on the other hand, ranks eighth in points allowed per game while also ranking 13th in passing yards allowed per game. Unfortunately, their poor run defense, ranking 29th in the league, brings down the total defense to a 20th ranking in the NFL.
PREDICTION: Colts 27, Texans 21