Indianapolis Colts vs Houston Texans Prediction, 12/5/2021 NFL Picks, Best Bets and Tips Week 13
Game: Indianapolis Colts vs Houston Texans
Date: Sunday, December 5, 2021
Location: NRG Stadium in Houston, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Texans (+8.5)
NRG Stadium is the site where the Houston Texans (2-9) will play the Indianapolis Colts (6-6) on Sunday. Houston opens as 8.5-point underdogs. The over/under is 45.5.
The Indianapolis Colts come into this matchup with a record of 6-6 this year. In their last contest, the Colts faced the Buccaneers and took a loss by a final of 38-31. Jonathan Taylor led the offense in rushing for the Colts with 16 carries for 83 yards (5.2 yards per attempt). Jack Doyle averaged 13.5 yards per reception by accounting for 81 yds on 6 receptions. Carson Wentz connected on 27/44 with 306 yds through the air and 3 touchdowns. He had a QB rate of 86 and ended the game with 2 picks. On the ground, the Colts gave up 142 yards on 27 attempts, which is 5.3 yards per rush allowed. Indianapolis surrendered 25 pass completions on 34 attempts for 217 yds, and a completion percentage of 73.5%. In all, they ran 67 plays which gave them a total of 392 yds. The Indianapolis Colts ran the rock 20 times and amassed 107 yds, which earned them an average of 5.4 yards per carry.
Regarding scoring, the Indianapolis Colts are sitting at 28.3 points per contest. As a team they average 144.5 yards in the run game which has them sitting 4th in the NFL. The Colts have attained 4,396 total yards this year. Indianapolis has amassed 131 1st downs as a team, and they have been called for 57 penalties for 533 yards. They have given the ball to the opposition 15 different times (6 interceptions and 9 fumbles). In terms of scoring touchdowns, Indianapolis has compiled 21 passing touchdowns and 17 touchdowns via the ground.
The Colts rank 20th in the National Football League when it comes to team defense, conceding 23.6 points per contest. The opposition is running for an average of 4.5 yards per rush on the ground and 114.2 yards on the ground per game this year. For the year, they have allowed 1,370 running yards through 12 games. Concerning passing yards, the Colts have surrendered 2,936 yards which has them sitting in 28th in the league. They have given up 244.7 yards per game through the air as well as giving up a completion percentage of 66.7%. During the season, they have surrendered 358.8 yards per contest putting them 17th in the league. They have granted 26 touchdowns through the air as well as 8 touchdowns via the ground game.
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The Texans head into this matchup 2-9 this year. In their last game, the Texans took a loss by a final score of 21-14 against the Jets. Tyrod Taylor (2 TDs) walked away from the contest with 158 yds on 17/26 through the air while his quarterback rating was 91.5. He threw 1 pick and his average yds per pass attempt was 6.08 yards. Brandin Cooks was one of the featured targets for the Texans, catching 3 balls for 45 yards (15.0 yards per catch). David Johnson ran the football 10 times for 39 yds, ending the game with 3.9 yds per attempt for Houston. The Texans finished the game with a total of 202 yds and they ran 55 plays (3.7 yds per play). Houston ran the ball for 4.0 yds per attempt, totaling 96 yds on 24 attempts. Houston surrendered 34 attempts on the ground for 157 yards (4.6 yards per carry). The Texans passing defense allowed a completion rate of 58.3%, surrendering 109 yards on 14 for 24 through the air.
The Houston Texans hold an average of 264.8 yards per outing ranking them 32nd out of all teams in the NFL. They maintain an average of 78.3 run yards per game and have toted the ball for 861 yards for the season. The Houston offense has 634 yards of penalties on 76 violations, which has them sitting 14th in football in terms of giving up free yards. They have thrown 12 picks while surrendering 6 fumbles and they have been able to tally 101 first downs. During this campaign so far, the Texans have thrown for a total of 2,052 passing yards not to mention holding an average of 186.5 passing yards per outing, which has them sitting 31st out of all NFL teams. Regarding putting points on the board, the Texans are ranking 32nd in football maintaining an average of 14.9 points per game.
Houston has allowed the opposition a total of 1,492 rushing yards (135.6 yards/game) in addition to 17 touchdowns by way of the ground game for the year. They have surrendered 17 touchdowns from the passing game in addition to 242.5 yards per game, which has them in 15th in football. They have 20 turnovers (6 fumbles recovered and 14 interceptions) on the season. Over the course of the season, they have surrendered 292 total points. The Texans defense has been on the field for 724 plays, which has them sitting 21st in the league. The Texans are relinquishing 26.5 PPG, which has them in 28th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Colts/Texans NFL game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Texans +8.5
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