Houston Texans vs. Indianapolis Colts NFL Odds & Betting Preview

Posted by Daniel Strum on Friday,December 18, 2015 7:51, EST in

The Houston Texans will look to both, give their playoff hopes a big-time boost while simultaneously ending the Indianapolis Colts’ reign in the division when they square off in an absolutely huge Week 15 AFC South divisional NFL odds clash on Sunday, live from Lucas Oil Stadium at 1:00 PM ET. Now, let’s find out who’s going to win and cash in!

Houston Texans vs. Indianapolis Colts NFL Odds & Betting Preview

When: 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, December 20, 2015
Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana
TV: CBS

The NFL Week 15 odds for this contest are currently off the board. Who wins the Battle of the Backups?

Why Bet The Indianapolis Colts Odds

The Colts are absolutely desperate right now, having lost two straight games, including their stunning 51-16 road loss against Jacksonville last weekend. The good news is that the Colts are playing at home where they’ve gone 3-3 this season and more good news comes in the fact that Houston may be forced to start backup T.J. Yates in this contest with starter Brian Hoyer banged-up and undergoing the league’s concussion protocol. Unfortunately, the Colts still have no idea when starting quarterback Andrew Luck will be back under center after suffering a lacerated kidney a few weeks back.

Why Bet The Houston Texans Odds

The Texans have an elite defense and will have plenty of motivation to get back in the win column after dropping two straight following their four-game winning streak. The Texans have gone 2-2 in their last four road games, so this is a team that has shown it can win anywhere. Brian-Hoyer-vs-Patriots-NFL-Odds-compressor The bad news is that, as previously mentioned, is that the Texans will be without Brian Hoyer in this contest. “He took a beating out there,” head coach Bill O’Brien said following his team’s 27-6 loss to New England on Sunday night. The good news for the Texans is that they will likely face Indy’s third-string quarterback Charlie Whitehurst in this affair with Luck out and veteran backup Matt Hasselbeck doubtful.

Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction

I know the Indianapolis Colts are playing at home in this contest, but after seeing the way they got smacked around by Jacksonville last weekend, there’s no way I can advise anyone with a heartbeat to wager on the struggling Colts. The Houston Texans are 5-2-1 ATS in their last eight games against their AFC South division rivals and a consistent 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following a double-digit home loss.

The Colts are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games against their AFC counterparts and 1-4-1 ATS in their last six games in the month of December.

While the Texans are 0-4-1 ATS in their last five road games against the Colts, the road team in this division rivalry has gone 3-1-1 ATS in the last five meetings. I like Houston to get the outright road win!

My final score prediction: Houston 24 Indianapolis 20