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Houston Texans vs Indianapolis Colts: Gambling predictions

Calvin Crawford

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What’s the best gambling advice for the Houston Texans matchup with the Indianapolis Colts? Take a look to find more about where to place your bets for today’s matchup!

Houston Texans vs. Indianapolis Colts
Saturday, Jan. 5 at 3:35 p.m. CST on ABC/ESPN

Peanut butter and jelly, the president and tweeting, the Houston Texans and the early Saturday Wild Card playoff game; some things just go together.  The Houston Texans are playing in the first playoff game of the postseason schedule for the fifth time since 2011. Houston faces AFC South foe Indianapolis for the third time this season; the two have gone 1-1 against each other with the road team getting each victory.

If it wasn’t for a questionable 4th-down call by Colts’ head coach Frank Reich back in Week 4, Houston may be 0-1-1 against the Colts this season. Indianapolis edged out Houston in Week 14 at NRG Stadium and put an end to their 10-game win streak doing so.

After starting 1-5, Indianapolis went on one the most underrated runs of the season and finished 10-6. There are two important trends to keep an eye

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Andrew Luck and Frank Reich of the Houston Texans division-rival Indianapolis Colts Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

on this weekend according to The Action Network: Since 2003, teams that play a home playoff game after not making the playoffs the year before (Houston in this case) are just 10-22 ATS. Another is that Andrew Luck is 20-8-3 ATS vs. AFC South opponents in his career, including 14-4-2 ATS in November or later.

As of this writing, the line is Houston -1.5 with the over/under of 48.5. Three of the four games this weekend are basically a pick’em, with the exception of the Philadelphia Eagles vs. Chicago Bears matchup. This is one of the most wide-open playoff fields in recent NFL memory with multiple teams having a real shot to reach the Super Bowl.

For this game, I do like the road team of covering the spread for the 3rd time in three games, so I’m taking Indy +1.5. They statistically have the best offensive line in football and T.Y. Hilton has averaged 157 receiving yards per game this season against the Texans. I also like the over in this game, with a score of 27-24 Colts.

For the other three games this weekend, I like Dallas -1.5 against Seattle and over 43.5; I’ll take Baltimore -2.5 against the Los Angeles Chargers and under 41.5; and finally, I think Philadelphia will cover +6.5 at Chicago and under 41.5 to cap off the weekend.

Should Houston and Baltimore win on Sunday, the Texans would travel to New England to take on the Patriots next Sunday, Jan. 13 with a kick-off at 12:05 p.m. CST.  It would be a rematch of their Week 1 season-opening meeting.

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I graduated from Texas Tech University in the Spring of 2016 with a degree in Sport Management, as in I had no idea what I wanted to do but wanted to be around sports. I’ve always have had a rooting interest in the Texans as they have been secretly consistent these past few years, making the playoffs four times in seven seasons since I was a freshman in college in 2011. I am currently a student at Texas Chiropractic College getting my doctorate in chiropractic, and my medical background has been very helpful covering the NFL and the Texans.

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Houston Texans: Rob and Brian’s final sign-off from Locked on Texans

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Brian and Robert say goodbye to Locked on Texans.  After 540 episodes, we bid a tearful farewell to Houston Texans faithful, reminisce about our tenure and share some final thoughts on the Houston Texans future.

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Houston Texans: The best free agents to target in the 2019 off season

Joseph Esquivel-Murphy

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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.

Ronald Darby and Lamarcus Joyner are the best players available in free agency that can cover receivers in the slot and both players should be targeted by Bill O’Brien.

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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Houston Texans: Identifying the team’s most glaring weaknesses

Brian K. Patterson

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What are the Houston Texans biggest weaknesses going into the 2019 off season?  Rob and Brian bring on State of the Texans’ BigRon to discuss what needs to be done to fix a team that has tons of potential to be dominant.  What’s the best way to improve the offensive line?  Is Julién Davenport still worth developing and what should we expect to see in additional development?

How about the thought of shifting Greg Mancz to center and Nick Martin to guard?  The trio also discusses the future of Whitney Mercilus on the roster as well as certain defensive lineman not getting enough playing time.  What else?  Take a listen to find out more!

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Houston Texans: Le’Veon Bell and plethora of free agent running backs

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What’s the best way for the Houston Texans to fix the running backs position for the 2019 season?  They certainly can do better than bringing back Alfred Blue.  Rob and Brian talk about what the team needs to do and gives their top free agent running backs to help this offense flourish.  Is bringing in Le’Veon Bell a possibility?  Can the Houston Texans get the back they want in this season’s draft?

The duo discusses that plus gives their thoughts of Indianapolis Colts’ firing offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo and the interesting back story that likely factored into the move.  Plus, Gary Kubiak finds a new job in the NFL.   What else?  Take a listen to find out more!

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