Over the last 11 weeks of the regular season the Colts were arguably the best team in the NFL, going 9-1 after starting the season a horrible 1-5. The turn around came as QB Andrew Luck was finally able to shake of the rust from a missed 2017 season, throwing 27 TDs over that 10-game span. On the season, he accounted for a strong 4,593 yards passing and 39 TDs (2nd best in the NFL). Those numbers will surely be rewarded with the Comeback Player of Years honor. During the regular season, the Colts loss 37-34 at home to Houston only to get revenge by beating Houston 24-21 in Houston. It’s notable that Luck averaged 432 yards and 3 TDs over those two games. The defense has been noting short of awesome, giving up right at 16 PPG over the last 10 games.
Houston enters this after an uninspired 20-3 win at home against a very bad Jacksonville team. On the season. The Texans were able to control one game after another by using one of the best balance offenses in the league (8th in rushing 126 YPG and 12th overall 386 YPG). The offense is led by the potent passing combination of QB Deshaun Watson (4,165 yards passing, 26 TDs) and All-Pro WR DeAndre Hopkins, who caught 115 passes for 1,572 total yards and 11 TDs. While giving up 343.1 YPG, the defense was the 5th best in the NFL, allowing just under 20 PPG.
Prediction: This is a good matchup between two teams that were playing well the last half of the season. It’s hard to look past an Indy team that is firing on all cylinders on both sides of the ball. There’s a sense this Clots team is on a mission with a defense that is just darn hard to score against. Play Indianapolis +2 (Final score 27-20)