The Texans ran over the Colts in the season opener but that game was in Houston. This one is at Indianapolis and the Colts are likely to get the action from gamblers making an NFL bet.
Colts -5.5 total at 50 at the Sbg sportsbook
The Colts are favored in this game and the total is very high at 50. The teams combined for 58 points in their opener so you can expect a high scoring game. The Houston Texans have a potent offense with Matt Schaub, Andre Johnson and Arian Foster while the Colts have Peyton Manning and Reggie Wayne.
The Texans won 34-24 at home against the Colts in the opener as Foster ran for 231 yards and three touchdowns. Foster could have another big game since the Colts are 26th against the run, allowing 137.3 yards per game. The Texans have never won at Indianapolis but they should have a chance on Monday night.
The Colts will be without Pro Bowl tight end Dallas Clark and receiver Austin Collie. Clark is out for the year while Collie is going to be out for at least a few weeks. The Colts still have Reggie Wayne and Pierre Garcon and Anthony Gonzalez will return this week so don’t get too excited about the Colts injuries at receiver just yet. The more pressing concern is at running back where Joseph Addai is out. He will be missed the most as the Colts will have to hope that Donald Brown or Mike Hart can fill in.
Yes, the total on this game is high at 50 but do you really want to bet the under? The Colts defense is not very good and Houston’s is terrible. They are last in the NFL, allowing 410.5 yards per game. Both teams should put up a lot of points on Monday night and 10 of the last 11 meetings between the two teams have gone over.
NFL Betting Trends
The Colts are 8-0 all-time vs. the Texans at home. The Colts are 15-1 in their last 16 home games overall. Houston is a good team to take on the road with your NFL bet. The Texans are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games as a road underdog.