TV Schedule: Sunday, Dec. 15, 1 p.m. ET, CBS
Stadium: Lucas Oil Stadium
Weather: High 23, Low 3
Line: Indianapolis (-5.5)
As one of those teams you simply cannot figure out, the Indianapolis Colts are one of the best teams in the league — but also one of the most inconsistent. They can beat one of the best teams in the league one week — like they have three times this year — and then lose in blowout fashion the next week. Andrew Luck is one of the best young quarterbacks in the league, however, passing for 3,119 yards and 19 touchdowns on the year while losing his favorite target, Reggie Wayne, earlier in the year. T.Y. Hilton took over as the team’s top wide out after the injury, catching 58 passes for 798 yards and five scores. Donald Brown, not Trent Richardson, leads the team in rushing with 389 yards and four scores while Luck, not Richardson, is second on the team in rushing yards with 336.
The Houston Texans have been the most disappointing team in the NFL this season by a wide margin. Although the 2013 season seems like the year of disappointments, the Texans take the cake after being favored to contend for the AFC crown and head to a Super Bowl and losing 11 consecutive games after starting the season 2-0. Head coach Gary Kubiak has since been fired and Case Keenum is the team’s starting quarterback. Keenum has passed for 1,592 yards and nine touchdowns on the season with just four interceptions while Andre Johnson has been his favorite target. Johnson has caught 95 passes for 1,277 yards and five touchdowns on the season while DeAndre Hopkins has caught 44 passes for 707 yards and two scores. Ben Tate leads the run game in place of Arian Foster since his injury.
Defensively, the Texans have been surprisingly dominant in terms of yards. Houston ranks third in total yards allowed per game while being the second-best pass defense in the league. However, the Texans rank 21st in rushing yards allowed per game. Indianapolis hasn’t been quite as impressive on this side of the ball, ranking 23rd in total yards allowed, 18th in passing yards allowed and 29th in rushing yards allowed.
PREDICTION: Texans 20, Colts 23
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