Houston Texans (9-7) at Indianapolis Colts (9-7)
Game Info: Saturday, January 6th, 2024 at 8:15 p.m. EST (Lucas Oil Stadium)
Betting Odds: Texans -1.5 (-112) - Over/Under (47.5)
Pick: Texans -1.5 (-112)
Saturday night takes us to Indianapolis where the Houston Texans and the Indianapolis Colts will battle it out for a spot in the postseason in the final week of the regular season. Both of these teams have dealt with several injuries throughout the year, and they have persevered and put themselves in a position to make the playoffs. This should be one of the best games of the final week of the regular season as these two AFC South teams lock up for the second time this year. Both of these teams come into this game with nine victories through their first 16 games of the season and they will look to clinch a double digit win season with a quality performance here on Saturday night.
The Houston Texans have had a roller coaster of a season as they have dealt with several injuries but number two overall CJ Stroud has finally started playing like the number two overall pick. He will likely win the rookie of the year award, and he has an opportunity to lead Houston to the postseason if he can record another quality performance here in this game on Saturday night on the road in Indianapolis. He had a slow start of the year and many people were starting to write him off after the rough history of Ohio State quarterbacks in the NFL, but he has bounced back in a big way.
Even after missing some time with some injuries, he has put himself in a position to win awards this season, and potentially set himself up for a playoff appearance in his rookie year. He has the Houston Texans way ahead of schedule on the rebuild and they will maintain that success with another quality performance here in this game on Saturday night against their division rivals with their season on the line. Houston comes into this game looking for their second consecutive victory after beating the Tennessee Titans last weekend, and now they will look for a second consecutive win over an AFC South opponent, as they look to keep their hopes alive to win the division as well.
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It has been a roller coaster of a season for the Indianapolis Colts, but now they have an opportunity to make the postseason and potentially win the division with a victory here in this game at home on Saturday night. Even without their rookie, first round draft selection at quarterback, they have put together a quality campaign and now they look for their 10th victory of the regular season. Backup quarterback Gardner Minshew has put together fantastic numbers throughout the regular season, despite dealing with plenty of injuries around him at skill positions, and now he has an opportunity to lead the Indianapolis Colts to a playoff appearance, and potentially a division title as well.
Indianapolis comes into this game, looking for a victory over Houston as they look to keep their hopes alive of winning the division, or at least grabbing a wildcard spot, which is something they will accomplish with a win. They have been a tough team to beat at home as they have been competitive throughout every home game they have played this season, despite coming up short in a couple of them. Indianapolis is coming off of a huge victory over Las Vegas and their previous game and they will look for a second consecutive victory here in this game on Saturday night to officially stamp their spot in the playoffs.
Betting trends to consider in this matchup:
- Houston is 3-2 in the AFC South
- Indy is 4-4 after a win
- Houston has won two out of their last 3
I expect this to be a back-and-forth game between these two quality franchises here on Saturday night. In the end, I look for the game to come down to whoever has the football last, and whatever team can manage to make the most plays, and that is arguably going to be the Houston Texans, as they have more talent at the quarterback position. as I look for Houston to go on the road to Indianapolis and pick up their 10th victory of the season to put themselves in the playoffs with an incredible win here on Saturday night against the Indianapolis Colts.
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