Houston Texans vs Indianapolis Colts Prediction, 12/20/2020 NFL Pick, Tips and Odds, Week 15
Game: Houston Texans vs Indianapolis Colts
Date: Sunday, December 20, 2020
Location: Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN
Odds/Point Spread: Indianapolis -7
Lucas Oil Stadium is the venue where Philip Rivers and the Indianapolis Colts (9-4) will play the Houston Texans (4-9) on Sunday. Indianapolis opens this contest as 7-point favorites. The total has been set at 50.5.
The Houston Texans head into this game 4-9 for this season. In their last game they went up against the Chicago Bears and were defeated 36-7. Deshaun Watson went 21/30 with 219 yards through the air and threw 1 TD. He ended the game with no interceptions. Buddy Howell led the team on the ground for the game. He had a long run of 9 yards but he wasn't able to rush for a TD on the day. He ran for 42 yards via 11 carries which means he ran for an average of 3.8 yards per tote. Chad Hansen was the receiving yardage leader by earning 56 yards on 7 receptions. He notched an average of 8.0 yards per reception for the game. The Houston Texans ran the ball a total of 27 times and totaled 108 yards which had them averaging 4.0 yards per rush. In the game, they ran 64 plays which gave them a total of 263 yards. For the game, the Texans earned 17 first downs and they had 6 penalties for 50 yards. On the defensive side of the ball, Houston conceded 24 completions on 33 tries for a total of 241 yards, and a completion percentage of 73.0%. On the ground, the Texans conceded 169 yards on 23 tries which means they had an average of 7.3 yards per run allowed. For the game, they gave up 410 yards but finished the game without a turnover.
The Texans have tallied 4,634 total yards for the season. As a unit they're holding an average of 86.2 yards on the ground ranking this team at 32nd in the National Football League. In terms of notching touchdowns, Houston has compiled 25 touchdowns via the pass and 8 rushing touchdowns. Concerning putting the ball in the endzone, the Houston Texans are averaging 22.7 points per game. When it comes to yards through the air, the Texans have conceded 3,306 yards which has them sitting in 24th in the NFL. For the season, they are allowing 406.6 yards per contest which has them sitting 31st in the league. The Texans are ranked 25th in the NFL regarding their opponents scoring, allowing 27.6 points per contest. Opposing teams are running for an average of 5.0 yards per running attempt and 152.3 rushing yards per contest this year. During their 13 games played, they have relinquished 254.3 yards per game through the air as well as allowing a completion percentage of 68.9%. In total, they have conceded 1,980 yards via the ground game in 13 outings.
The Colts head into this game 9-4 this year. In their last game they played the Las Vegas Raiders and won by a score of 44-27. Jonathan Taylor paced the team on the ground in the game. He broke a long run for 62 yards and he ran for 2 touchdowns for the contest. He scurried for 150 yards on 20 carries which had him averaging 7.5 yards per run. T.Y. Hilton was the leader in receiving yardage by earning 86 yards on 5 catches. He earned an average of 17.2 yards per reception in the game. Philip Rivers went 19/28 with 244 yards passing and tossed 2 touchdowns. He finished this contest without throwing a pick. The Indianapolis Colts ran the ball 31 times and added 212 yards which gave them an average of 6.8 yards per rush. On the day, the Colts totaled 25 first downs and they had a total of 6 infractions for 50 yards. On the day, they ran 59 plays for a total of 456 yards. In terms of defense, Indianapolis conceded 32 catches on 46 throws for a total of 345 yards, and a completion percentage of 70.0%. For this contest, they allowed 424 yards and earned 3 takeaways. Against the run, the Colts conceded 79 yards on 22 attempts which is an average of 3.6 yards per run allowed.
When looking at the points being put on the board, the Colts rank 5th in football with 28.6 points per game. During this campaign to this point, the Colts currently sit at 3,428 passing yards as well as an average of 263.7 throwing yards per game, ranking them 8th out of all NFL teams. They maintain an average of 113.0 yards per game via the ground game and have run for 1,469 yards for the season. The Indianapolis Colts have an average of 376.7 yards/contest which has them ranked 9th in the league. Concerning yards via the pass, the Colts have conceded 2,962 yards which ranks them 13th in the league. Over the course of this year, they are allowing 327.1 yards/game which puts them 6th in the National Football League. The Colts rank 12th in the NFL in terms of team defense, allowing 23.1 PPG. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 3.8 yards per rushing attempt and 99.2 yards on the ground per game this season. Over the course of their 13 games played this season, they have conceded 227.8 yards per game through the air in addition to allowing a completion percentage of 64.2%. During this campaign, they have conceded 1,290 yards on the ground through 13 games.
Who will win tonight's Texans/Colts NFL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Texans +7
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