Colts Ready to Invade Houston for Thursday Night Football
INDIANAPOLIS (2-2) at HOUSTON (1-3)
Thursday, 8:25 p.m. ET, CBS/NFL Network
OPENING LINE – OFF
RECORD VS. SPREAD – Colts 0-4, Texans 1-3
SERIES RECORD – Colts lead 22-4
LAST MEETING – Colts beat the Texans 17-10, Dec. 14, 2014
LAST WEEK – Colts beat Jaguars 16-13, OT; Texans lost to Falcons 48-21
AP PRO32 RANKING – Colts No. 17, Texans No. 28
COLTS OFFENSE – OVERALL (21), RUSH (26), PASS (12).
COLTS DEFENSE – OVERALL (27), RUSH (25), PASS (23).
TEXANS OFFENSE – OVERALL (7), RUSH (21), PASS (6).
TEXANS DEFENSE – OVERALL (11), RUSH (22), PASS (11).
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES – Colts have won 15 straight against AFC South opponents. … Colts QB Andrew Luck is expected to play after sitting out last week with shoulder injury. He is 5-1 against Houston with 14 touchdowns and three interceptions. … WR Andre Johnson spent first 12 seasons in Houston. He had just one game without a catch with Texans, but has had two in last two weeks. … Johnson (1,019) needs six catches to pass Isaac Bruce for eighth most in NFL history. … LB D’Qwell Jackson leads Colts with 47 tackles, including 17 last week. … K Adam Vinatieri (1,004) became Colts’ all-time leading scorer last week and first player in NFL to score 1,000 or more points with two teams after scoring 1,158 for New England. … WR Donte Moncrief has touchdown in three of Colts’ last four games. … Houston QB Ryan Mallett will make first career start within division. … Thursday will be 150th career game for WR Nate Washington. … In last nine games DE J.J. Watt has 15 sacks, two forced fumbles, fumble recovery, safety, six passes defensed and touchdown catch. … LB Brian Cushing leads Texans with 33 tackles, including 11 last week. … RB Arian Foster made season debut last week after missing first three games after groin surgery. Foster and had eight carries for 10 yards. … Fantasy Tip: WR DeAndre Hopkins had nine catches for 157 yards last week and has 816 yards receiving with five touchdowns in last nine games. Hopkins might get even more targets with WR Cecil Shorts out with shoulder injury, making him even more attractive fantasy option.
Scott Abraham’s Prediction – Colts over Texans, 31-17