NFL Betting Predictions: Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans
Sunday at 1pm Eastern, the Indianapolis Colts travel to take on the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. BetDSI.eu sportsbook http://betdsi.com/live-lines/football currently has the Texans a huge -410 favorite to win giving up a large +8 1/2 points to the Colts.
The Indianapolis Colts offense has shown that without star QB Peyton Manning they are leaderless , and struggle immensely in putting up points. The Colts were either out of touch with Manning in his recovery and or kept this away from the public as much as possible to keep season ticket sales high. The one thing the Colts front office did do that was smart in all this was acquire veteran QB Kerry Collins. However they did so late not giving him much practice time with his new offense as he only threw 10 passes in preseason. The running game for the Colts did not look as bad as most would of liked to think, as Darren Evans and Delone Carter both rushed the ball for 20+ times for 90+ yards….. definitely not enough to lead a Manningless team to the promised land though.
The Colts defense was beat around terribly this preseason even getting beat up by the lowly Redskins for 16 points. Dwight Freeney still is the leader of this defense and his experience does not seem to be slowing him down as this preseason he tallyed 4 tackles and 2.5 sacks. The defense also managed to force 3 fumbles while picking off opposing QB’s 3 times in the preseason.
The Houston Texans offense has looked impressive as usual this preseason QB Matt Schaub has looked great throwing 30 completions on 45 passes for a solid 66.7% completion rate, 361 yards, a TD and INT good for a 89.4 QB rating. WR Andre Johnson is still looking like arguably the best receiver in the league , and about one of the only receivers that will get a 100 yards receiving in a preseason game. Star RB Arian Foster the surprise league rushing leader last year has showed he will probably not be slowed down this year as in the preseason he ran the ball 13 times for 85 yards an insane 6.5 yards a carry and 2 TD’s on only 13 carries ! ……. just sick!. The really good news for the Texans is that back up RB Ben Tate also ran the ball well 20 carrys for 147 yards a really ridiculous 7.4 yards per carry and a TD. This goes to show that the Texans offensive line means business this year , and Arian Foster should be in for some big times performances.
The Texans defense has been their weak point in years past hampering their brilliant offense from putting together a playoff caliber season. This year this may all change , this preseason the Texans defense has ment BUSINESS ! The Texans defense compiled a high 15 sacks and insane 6 forced fumbles , and intercepted the rock 3 times one of which returned 73 yards for a TD. LB Bryan Braman played excellent this preseason grabbing up 10 tackles , 2.5 sacks , and a forced fumble.
My Prediction: This is going to be a horrendous blowout, Colts fans are in for big trouble this season. I am a avid Kerry Collins fan but unfortunately at this stage in his career he is a solid back up QB. Putting him in this offense in Mannings absence is like trying to put a band-aid on a gun shot wound. I think the Texans will win this one in a big way , if you are scared to go against such a high spread of -8 1/2 points, then simply throw the Texans money line wager in a parlay with another bet you feel comfortable with and bet with confidence , the Texans will not lose this one!