The Houston Texans will face the Indianapolis Colts and try to get their 10th win a row. What’s to expect? Take a look at the key matchup for today plus some gambling advice.
Houston Texans (9-3) vs. Indianapolis Colts (6-6)
Sunday, Dec. 10 at Noon on CBS
MyBookie line: Texans -4.5
The Houston Texans’ nine-game winning streak has officially come full circle as it begins where it started: Week 4 in Indianapolis with a 37-34 overtime Texans win. The Colts gifted a Texans’ win that day with a questionable 4th-down call late in overtime in Indy territory; Houston would hold and take over to win on a Ka’imi Fairbairn field goal that would be the turning point of the season to a fire-start their unprecedented streak after an 0-3 start. The Texans have not lost in 70 days since, so let’s take a look at matchups to watch for and the gambling outlook for this AFC South clash.
DeAndre Hopkins vs. T.Y. Hilton
The Colts are not putting up a goose egg like last week vs the Jaguars, and one of the reasons will be wide receiver T.Y. Hilton. Hilton had four catches for 115 yards in the first meeting between these two teams in Week 4 and has been the heartbeat of this offense this season, like in past years. DeAndre Hopkins hasn’t scored in two weeks, but he is still the focal point of this Texans offense. Houston will mix a balanced play-call of run and pass down the field as they have been during this win streak, and they have done a solid job of getting points once they reach they red zone and not turning the ball over. Hopkins and Hilton will serve as those over the middle threats and weapons along the sideline, as this matchup should provide plenty of points
At the time of this writing, the line is Texans -4.5 with the over/under of 50 points. Last week, the Texans covered -5 vs. the Browns with ease but the over of 47.5 just missed as Cleveland running back Duke Johnson‘s touchdown late in the 4th quarter got called back with an offensive line hold. I love the Texans -5 in this matchup with the over of 50 points. For the 3rd home game in a row, I like Houston getting 30 points (I know it was only 29 last week) and I like Indy to bounce back from the donut hole they put up against the Jacksonville Jaguars last week on the road. I like the Texans in a 31-24 victory at NRG on Sunday.
Nobody expected this team to win 10 games in a row after their 0-3 start but that’s exactly where the Texans find themselves in just over two months since their last loss. The top teams in the AFC will be the Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots and the Texans, barring any collapse by these teams in the last four weeks. Houston will be looking to clinch their first 1st-round bye for the first time in franchise history.
The Texans will look to execute the remaining of their favorable schedule as they face Josh McCown/Sam Darnold and the New York Jets, Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles and Cody Kessler and the Jaguars in succession after this week. They will be favored in each one of those games until the end of the season. It’s winning time for one of the best teams in the NFL and the Texans will look to prove themselves worthy of that notion as we transition through the final weeks of the season.
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The Houston Texans off season is here and there’s a lot of work to do to prep this team for 2019. Who are the top free agents that the team should go after? Let’s take a look at the players who would make an impact.
The Houston Texans were one of the NFL’s better success stories this season after starting the season 0-3. J.J. Watt returned as one of the league’s most dominant defensive players, while free agent signee Tyrann Mathieu was a playmaker at the safety position. Third-round pick Justin Reid was one of the league’s best rookies and a starter in the Texans’ secondary for years to come.
DeAndre Hopkins and Deshaun Watson maintained their solid connection from last year as the former was named to his second consecutive first team All-Pro. Despite being sacked a league high 62 times, Watson passed for 4,165 yards and 26 touchdowns as he led the Texans to a 11-5 record and the AFC South division title. Lamar Miller was only 27 yards from his third 1,000+ yard season, despite missing two games because of injuries.
While the offense did put up strong numbers, the offensive line was a liability throughout the season as Watson was constantly under pressure, while Miller and the rest of the Texan running backs had few running lanes. Right tackle Seantrel Henderson was signed to fix those problems but he broke his ankle in the season opener and did not play for the rest of the season. He is a free agent now and so is Kendall Lamm, the man who replaced Henderson on the offensive line.
Julie’n Davenport struggled at left tackle and Martinas Rankin has not shown enough to yet to be a contributor on the offensive line. While Jadeveon Clowney and Mathieu are both free agents who need to be brought back, improving the offensive line is the team’s biggest priority in the off season. The Texans need to address the offensive line in both free agency and the draft as the unit struggled to protect Watson.
In regard to bringing in help via free agency, Daryl Williams missed most of the 2018 season with a shoulder injury but he was a second team All-Pro in 2017 and is the top tackle available.
His value might not as high because of the shoulder injury but Williams is one of the league’s better tackles and the Texans need to get him in free agency to bolster their offensive line. Williams is a mauler that should help create running lanes for Miller, while keeping Watson upright in the pocket. If the Texans are unable to sign him, Ja’Wuan James and Roger Saffold are the next best offensive linemen available in free agency and both players should be targeted by the Texans.
An upgrade in the secondary is also needed as Shareece Wright struggled in coverage, while Kayvon Webster and Aaron Colvin battled to stay healthy. Kareem Jackson had a great year for the Texans but is another Texans’ free agent that has to be re-signed.
The Texans need to address their own free agents first as Clowney, Mathieu and Jackson were all vital parts to the team’s success in 2018.
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