The Indianapolis Colts could be watching their dynasty come to a close this weekend, as the right number of wins by other teams parlayed with a loss to the Houston Texans could set them two back with a ton of tiebreaker trouble with just half the season to play.
Still, this is a game in which Indy is favored to win by 5.5 points, and here at BetVega, we ask the three most important questions that will determine the outcome of this game.
– Colts vs. Texans Monday Night Spread: Colts -5.5 points
– Colts vs. Texans Monday Night Over-Under: 50 points
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Colts vs. Texans Betting Key #1: Are the Texans really able to mentally prepare for this game?
We have to remember that this Houston team has never swept the Colts, nor has it ever won a game in Indianapolis. It has come close a number of times before, like in last year’s 20-17 defeat, but when push comes to shove, Indianapolis has outscored the Texans 263-138 in eight games there, an average differential of 15.6 points per game. Houston has to believe in itself to topple the Colts in this series, or it won’t ever be able to get over the hump to make the playoffs for the first time in franchise history.
Colts vs. Texans Betting Key #2: With both Austin Collie and Dallas Clark out, does Peyton Manning have enough passing options?
You betcha. Many think that this is the worst secondary in the NFL that he is about set to pick apart for the second time this year! Manning is probably going to be good for at least 350 through the air if he has to be against the Texans, and it doesn’t matter who the pieces are around him, they are all good enough to take care of this very porous defense as long as someone figures out how to block Mario Williams.
Colts vs. Texans Betting Key #3: Can anyone stop Arian Foster?
There’s being a man, and then there’s being a man’s man. Arian Foster was a man’s, man’s, man against the Colts in Week 1 this year, when he carried the ball a whopping 33 times for 231 yards and three TDs. Both the 33 carries and 231 yards remain season highs for running backs in the NFL. Indy really hasn’t improved all that much with its ground defense this year, and knowing that another big performance from the big man from Tennessee could be coming, the Colts have to be at the top of their game to not get embarrassed once again.
Let’s get one thing straight first. The Texans were absolutely worlds better than the Colts in Week 1, and they are every bit as good as these guys are now. We still aren’t so sure that they believe it yet, though. This is a lot of points to be giving Houston in a divisional rivalry game, and with Houston knowing that this might be its last chance, we think that it will give everything that it has. It’ll cover the spread, and possibly sweep the season series for the first time ever!
Houston 31 – Indianapolis 30