Colts vs. Texans: Week 15 NFL Betting Preview – December 20, 2020

Posted By Staff on December 15, 2020

The Indianapolis Colts (9-4) host the Houston Texans (4-9) on Sunday, December 20, in matchup between AFC South opponents at Lucas Oil Stadium. Houston is a  underdog and the game’s over/under is set at .

The betting insights in this article reflect betting data from DraftKings as of December 14, 2020, 2:41 PM ET. See table below for current betting odds and CLICK HERE to bet at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Colts vs Texans Betting Odds

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Betting the Total (Over/Under)

  • Indianapolis and its opponents have combined to score more than 52.5 in six games (46.2% of matchups).
  • In five (38.5%) games this season, the Texans have combined with their opponents to go over 52.5 points.
  • This year’s combined scoring average for these two teams (51.3 points per game) is 1.2 fewer than the total for this contest.
  • These teams surrender a combined 50.7 points per game, 1.8 fewer points than this matchup’s over/under.
  • The over/under in this game is 52.5 points, 0.8 higher than the average total in Colts games this season.
  • Games involving the Texans this year have averaged 50.3 points per game, a 2.2-point differential when compared to the over/under for this contest.
  • The Colts score the fifth-most points in the NFL this season, while the Texans’ offense racks up the 23rd-most.
  • This contest features the NFL’s 26th-ranked (Houston) and 12th-ranked (Indianapolis) scoring defenses.
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Colts Betting Insights

  • Indianapolis is 8-5 against the spread.
  • The Colts are just 1-2 ATS when playing as at least seven-point favorites.
  • Most of Indianapolis’ games this year — eight out of 13 — have hit the over (61.5%).

Texans Betting Insights

  • Houston has a 4-8 record against the spread.
  • Houston’s games have gone over the point total in six out of 12 opportunities this season (50%).

Colts vs Texans: Head to Head

Colts vs Texans: Last 3 Meetings
Date Favorite Home Team Spread Total Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline Total Yards Result
12/6/2020 Colts Texans -3.00 50.00 -175 +150 398-371 HOU 26-20 IND
11/21/2019 Texans Texans -3.5 46 -205 +180 396-296 HOU 20-17 HOU
10/20/2019 Colts Colts -1.5 46 -121 +106 391-383 HOU 30-23 IND

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When the Colts Have the Ball

  • The Texans defense has allowed 27.6 points per game this season, one fewer than the 28.6 the Colts have scored.
  • When they meet or outpace their scoring average this season, Indianapolis is 6-0 and 5-1 against the spread.
  • Houston is 4-2 overall and 4-2 against the spread this season in games where they allow fewer than 27.6 points.
  • The Colts offense has averaged 376.7 total yards per game this season, 30.1 yards fewer than the 406.8 allowed by the Texans defense. The Colts average 5.8 yards per play while the Texans allow 6.1 per play.
  • In contests where the Indianapolis offense totals at least their average yard output this season, they are 3-2 against the spread and 4-1 overall.
  • When the Houston defense allows less than their season average for total yards, they are 3-4 against the spread and 2-5 overall.
  • The Texans defense has given up an average of 152.3 yards per game to opposing running games this season. That is 39.3 more yards than the Colts have gained running the football in 2020 (113).
  • In games where the Indianapolis rushing attack puts together at least their season average, the Colts are 6-0 overall and 6-0 against the spread.
  • When Houston limits opposing teams to 152.3 rushing yards or fewer this year, they are 3-3 against the spread and 4-2 overall.
  • The Colts have turned the ball over 0.9 times per game this season, while the Texans have averaged 0.6 takeaways per contest.
  • When Indianapolis doesn’t turn the football over this season, they are 6-0 overall and 6-0 against the spread.
  • Houston is 2-2 against the spread and 3-1 overall this season when they force at least 0.6 turnovers in a game.

When the Texans Have the Ball

  • The Texans put up 22.7 points per game, comparable to the 23.1 per contest the Colts surrender.
  • Houston is 3-3 against the spread and 4-2 overall a season ago when the team scores at least 22.7 points.
  • This season, Indianapolis has a 5-1 record against the spread and a 6-0 record overall in games when it holds opponents to 28.6 or fewer points.
  • The Texans average 29.4 more yards per game (356.5), than the Colts give up per outing (327.1). On average, the Texans pick up 6.1 yards per play, while the Colts allow 5.3 per play.
  • In games Indianapolis keeps its opponents to 327.1 or fewer yards, it has a 5-2 record ATS and a 5-2 record overall.
  • This season, the Texans average 86.2 yards per game on the ground, 13 fewer per game than the Colts allow per outing (99.2).
  • Houston has a 2-5 ATS record and a 2-6 overall record when the team rushes for at least 86.2 yards.
  • This season, Indianapolis is 6-2 against the spread and 7-1 overall when holding opponents to no more than 99.2 yards on the ground.
  • This year, the Texans turn the ball over 1.1 times per game, 0.6 fewer turnovers per game than the 1.7 the Colts force on average.
  • Houston is 3-6 against the spread and 3-6 overall when it turns the ball over 1.1 or fewer times.
  • This season, Indianapolis has a 6-1 record against the spread and a 6-1 record overall when it forces at least 1.7 turnovers.

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Colts Players to Watch

  • Philip Rivers has thrown for 3,507 yards while completing 68.1% of his passes (309-of-454), with 20 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 13 games this year (269.8 yards per game).
  • Jonathan Taylor has taken 168 attempts for a team-leading 759 rushing yards (58.4 yards per game) while scoring six touchdowns in 13 games. He’s also caught 31 passes for 286 yards (22.0 receiving yards per game) with one touchdown through the air.
  • Jordan Wilkins has 308 yards on 84 carries (23.7 ypg), with one rushing touchdown over the course of 13 games.
  • This season, T.Y. Hilton has 46 catches (on 73 targets) to lead the team with 604 yards (50.3 per game) with four touchdowns in 12 games.
  • Zach Pascal has chipped in with 445 yards on 34 catches with two touchdowns. He has been targeted 55 times and averages 34.2 receiving yards per game.
  • Michael Pittman Jr. has caught 33 passes on 50 targets for 418 yards and one touchdown, averaging 41.8 yards per game in 10 contests.
  • Justin Houston has 7.5 sacks to lead the team, and has also collected seven TFL and 21 tackles over 13 games.
  • Darius Leonard has collected 97 tackles, 6.0 TFL, and two sacks to lead the team in tackles this season.
  • Kenny Moore II has picked off four passes to lead the team while adding 58 tackles, two TFL, one sack, and 11 passes defended.

Texans Players to Watch

  • This year, Deshaun Watson has recorded 3,761 passing yards (289.3 yards per game) while going 297-for-431 (68.9% completion percentage) and throwing 25 touchdowns and six interceptions in 13 games. He has tacked on 369 rushing yards on 76 carries with three touchdowns, averaging 28.4 yards per game.
  • Duke Johnson Jr. has 235 rushing yards on 77 carries (21.4 yards per game), with one touchdown on the ground over the course of 11 games in 2020. He also has 28 catches for 249 yards (22.6 per game) and one touchdown.
  • Brandin Cooks has been targeted 86 times and has 57 catches to lead the team with 784 yards (65.3 ypg) while scoring three touchdowns in 12 games this season.
  • Jordan Akins has also added 27 catches for 305 yards and one touchdown in 10 games this year. He has been targeted 37 times and averages 30.5 receiving yards per game.
  • Darren Fells has caught 20 passes on 27 targets for 290 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 22.3 yards per game.
  • J.J. Watt has notched a team-leading five sacks, while adding 11 TFL, 44 tackles, and one interception over 13 games.
  • Zach Cunningham has totaled 127 tackles, five TFL, and three sacks this season.

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