On Saturday, January 6th at 8:15 PM ET, the Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans face off at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. ABC will carry the TV coverage for the game. p


The Pick: Indianapolis Colts -1

This game will be played at Lucas Oil Stadium at 8:15 ET on Saturday, January 6th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 22-18 in favor of the Colts.
  • Our projections have C.J. Stroud finishing with 229.013 passing yards on 19.436/34.06 passing.
  • The Colts are projected to finish with 332 yards of offense compared to the 300 yards for the Texans.

Do the Texans Have What it Takes on the Road?

As we enter week 18, Houston is in 3rd place in the AFC-South with an overall record of 9-7. In the AFC, they are currently in 8th place. The Texans have put together a record of 8-8 against the spread. This mark has come on an average scoring margin of +1.2.

The Houston offense is currently positioned 13th in the league, scoring an average of 22.1 points per contest. Among the other teams in the league Houston ranks 7th in the NFL for passing yards per game with an average of 245.4. Their passing yards per attempt, 6.9, places them 6th.

On the ground, the Texans have carried the ball an average of 26 times per game and currently rank 22nd in rushing yards. Their average rushing yards per attempt is 3.8.

Houston is 12th in points allowed defensively. So far, their opponents are putting up an average of 20.9 points per game, accumulating 328.9 yards per contest.

Is It the Colts Game to Lose at Home?

The Colts come into their matchup against the Texans with a 9-7 record. In the AFC-South, they are 2nd and 7th in AFC overall standings. The Colts' scoring margin for the season is currently -0.9. This has contributed to their ATS record of 9-7.

The Colts' offense has performing well in the first half of game, averaging 11.8 points. Their overall offensive numbers of 23.6 is 9th in the NFL. Looking at their performance in the passing game so far, Indianapolis is 20th in passing yards per game, where they have an average of 220.8. Additionally, their passing yards per attempt of 6.4, places them 10th in the league.

The Colts are currently 13th in the NFL with 114.5 rushing yards per game. This has come on an average of 27.6 rushing attempts (11th).

Thus far, the Colts' defense has given up an average of 352.6 yards per game and 24.5 points per contest (25th). Going into this game, they've allowed a completion percentage of 64.6% and have surrendered 19 passing touchdowns. When it comes to run defense, they rank 26th in the NFL.