It’s one of the most exciting times of the sports season. Football playoffs are nearly upon us as well as college championships and we have NBA starting.
This weekend will have a classic AFC South rivalry on deck as the Houston Texans go on the road to take on the Indianapolis Colts.
The Texans have been out of the playoffs for a long time already but the Colts are still running and gunning for their spot and possibly a division title.
If the Colts want to have a chance to get ahead of the Titans for the division lead then this is a must win game.
This is a tough matchup for both teams so let’s break it down and help you determine your best bets.
Houston Texans Betting Preview: How Can Houston Help Watson?
With the Texans out of the playoff picture, they have one sole focus for the rest of this season and moving forward: keeping DeShaun Watson happy.
We don’t have an NBA situation where a star is going to get unhappy and request to leave, but Watson is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL and needs to stay with that franchise.
His receivers have downgraded after losing Deandre Hopkins in their trade with Arizona.
David Johnson has been on and off the injury coming out of the backfield and their defense is average at best.
Watson has regressed from last year because of this, but still can put the Texans in a situation to win in any given game.
They can come out and outscore this Colts team easily, but they will have a tough defense to get past in order to do it.
Indianapolis Colts Betting Preview: Can This Defense Carry Rivers
Phillip Rivers joined this Colts team in the offseason and has looked lackluster and old.
The Colts’ defense has stepped up big time. They look like one of the premier defenses in the league and can shut down opponents.
That’s not to say they don’t have some stinkers. Look at their last matchup with the Titans and you can see how a team can light them up.
They will be a tough out for any team, and they should be able to lock up this win.
They’ll need it if they want a chance at the division title.
Texans @ Colts Betting Odds and Lines
MyBookie has the Colts favored in this game at -7. With the disparity in records and the home field advantage it makes perfect sense.
The Colts should be able to stifle the run game for Houston and force Watson to carry the burden.
Free Betting Pick
I like the Colts in this game at home. Their defense is so good in all levels of the field and they continue to find ways to win games for Rivers.
Expect Jonathan Taylor to have a great game as the feature back and showcase why the Colts spent their draft pick on him.
Spooky Express Free Betting Pick: Indianapolis Colts @ -7