Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston Texans – Thursday, Oct. 9
BAS’ current line: Colts -2 1/2 and the total is sitting at 46
Thursday Night Football in Week 6 of the NFL season will feature a battle for the top spot in the AFC South between the Indianapolis Colts and the Houston Texans. Both teams come in with straight-up 3-2 records and BetAnySports has opened the Colts as slight 2.5-point road favorites for this game. The total has been set at 46.
The Colts have overcome a slow 0-2 start with three-straight victories by a combined score of 105-47, but they had to work for last Sunday’s win in a 20-13 grinder against Baltimore as 2.5-point favorites at home. The total stayed UNDER the 49.5-point closing line on BetAnySports NFL betting odds after going OVER in their first four games. Indianapolis is now a profitable 4-1 against the spread this season.
The one constant with this team regardless of the final score on the board has been third-year quarterback Andrew Luck’s ability to move the ball down the field through the air and throw touchdowns. He has already passed for 1,617 yards and 14 touchdowns and the Colts’ offense as a whole is ranked second in the NFL in both yards (439.6) and points (31.2) per game.
The Texans jumped out of the gate with three victories both SU and ATS in their first four outings to eclipse last season’s two-game win total, but they are coming off a tough 20-17 overtime loss to Dallas as five-point road underdogs in Week 5. They are also 4-1 ATS in their first five games and the total has stayed UNDER in three of those contests.
If Houston is going to climb back on top of the division after last season’s hard fall it will be behind a defense that is ranked fourth in the NFL in points allowed. This unit is giving-up an average of 17.4 points a game overall and just 11.5 points at home this season. JJ Watt has been a force so far and he was recently named the NFL Defensive Player of the Month in September.
The Colts are 20-4 SU in their last 24 games against Houston, but they have covered in just two of their last eight road games against their division rivals. The total in this matchup has gone OVER in seven of the last nine meetings in Houston. I am sticking with the home team once again in this AFC South showdown as the Texans cover with the 2.5-points on BetAnySports’ current betting odds.
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