Online sports betting is God’s gift to the gambling community. Have you joined in on the action yet? NFL betting is the most popular option, and is white hot right now with all the playoff races heating up. The Colts are in control of their own destiny, while the Texans likely need to win out and have help. This will be an intense AFC South showdown.
The most recent NFL odds on our sportsbook show Indianapolis as 3½ -point road favorites in Houston. The Colts were manhandled at home by the Titans last week, getting blown out of Lucas Oil Field 45-26. Indianapolis has, however, won four of its last six games.
The Texans blew out the Lions 41-25 on Thanksgiving Day, and won three of their previous four contests. QB Deshaun Watson completed 17-of-25 passes for 318 yards and four touchdowns. It’s clear that this Houston team will not go quietly into the night, and Indianapolis has its hands full.
|Game: Indianapolis Colts (7-4) at Houston Texans (4-7)
Location: NRG Stadium
Time: Sunday, Dec. 6 at 1:00 p.m. ET
NFL Betting Lines
|Team||Point Spread||Moneyline||Over/Under||Team Total|
|Colts||-3 ½||-190||50 ½||27|
|Texans||+3 ½||+165||50 ½||23 ½|
Moneyline: Indianapolis Colts -190 (7-4) | Houston Texans +165 (4-7)
The Colts defense suffered without DL DeForest Buckner and DE Denico Autry (COVID-19 list) vs Tennessee, but now they’re back. Both Buckner and Autry have been activated from the COVID-19 list, and that spells trouble for the Texans’ offensive unit. Indianapolis faces the tough task of slowing Watson and Houston’s potent offense, but the Texans will be without their top receiver, Will Fuller V.
Indy’s D should handle Houston’s O, and Phillip Rivers can settle into high-functioning game-management mode against the bottom-tier Texans’ defense. I’m predicting the Colts to score a defensive touchdown in this one too, which will be the difference maker. A moneyline of -190 is solid if you agree that Indianapolis rebounds here, and a successful $50 bet wins $26.32.
Pick: Colts to win
Point Spread: Indinapolis Colts -3 ½ (6-5) | Houston Texans +3 ½ (4-7)
Watson is playing phenomenally lately for the Texans, throwing for 662 yards and six touchdowns in his last two games. The dynamic quarterback has also led Houston in rushing over that span, running for 60 yards and a score. Even without WR Fuller (PED suspension), the Texans are a dangerous, feisty squad. This should be a tight game that comes down to the wire. Houston is fighting for the playoffs, and will bring it hard.
Pick: Texans +3 ½
Over/Under 50 ½ points: Colts (7-4) | Texans (6-5)
Life without Fuller hurts the Texans, but WR Brandin Cooks and TE Jordan Atkins will pick up the slack. Watson is on fire, and that flame won’t be doused by the absence of one player. Additionally, RB David Johnson may finally be back in action for Houston, which would alleviate some pressure off of Watson.
The Colts’ passing defense has allowed an average of 12 yards per completion since Week 10, an NFL high. Watson should be able to work his magic, putting up enough points to make Indianapolis sweat until the final whistle. Also, the over has hit in six of the Colts’ last seven games. Get your bets in early, then sit back and relax as you watch a good old fashioned Texas gunfight.
Pick: Over 50 ½ points
Final Score: Colts 31, Texans 29
Props Talk for Colts at Texans
What would Broadway theater be without props? Shallow. It’s the same with props in sports betting. Prop bets add to viewing enjoyment exponentially, and allow you to get creative on your betting slips. Here are a few opportunities to build a winning sheet for this Week 13 matchup between the Colts and Texans.
Over 5 ½ Total TDs In The Game (-115)
I’m predicting each offense to score three touchdowns, and for the Colts’ defense to score a seventh, for good measure. Rivers vs Watson promises to produce fireworks, so prepare your lawn chair and grill up some hotdogs. A wager of $25 here will pay out a total of $46.74 when it hits.
Will There Be A Defensive Or Special Teams TD?: Yes (+225)
I’m not bold enough to name names. If I were, I’d say that Colts’ CB Xavier Rhodes will score his second TD of 2020 this week. Imagine Rhodes snagging a pick-six on a scrambling Watson, who’s frantic to unload the ball before being sacked by Justin Houston. Watson still hits the ground hard, as he watched Rhodes traverse the short field.
Highest Scoring Quarter: 2nd Quarter (+165)
In the last three games that Indianapolis has played, the second quarter was the highest scoring frame. The second quarter posted the most points in two of Houston’s previous four contests as well, so this bet’s strong. The odds are in our favor! $20 gets you $33.