NFL Week 9 Pick: Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans

Matthew Jordan

Thursday, September 7, 2017 9:31 PM UTC

Thursday, Sep. 7, 2017 9:31 PM UTC

Anyone for an Andrew Luck-Deshaun Watson showdown? Alas, that will have to wait as Luck remains out with Indy heading to Texas. Survivor Pick: Houston.

Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans (-13, 50)

While Tuesday was a wild day in the NFL ahead of the trading deadline, the Colts surprisingly didn’t make any moves even though they were rumored to be ready for a fire sale. This season already is over with Andrew Luck yet to play off shoulder surgery. So, it will be Jacoby Brissett again on Sunday. He continues to at least show he has a future as a long-term backup. In last week’s 24-23 loss in Cincinnati, Indy’s third straight defeat, Brissett completed 25 of 39 passes for 233 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. I wonder if the Patriots wish they had not traded him in the wake of dealing Jimmy Garoppolo to San Francisco? Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri scored 11 points last week and tied Gary Anderson for second on the NFL’s all-time scoring list with 2,434 career points. Vinatieri won’t be catching all-time leader Morten Andersen (2,544 points) this year. Houston has alternated losses and wins all season and thus means it will win this game considering it came off a wild 41-38 loss in Seattle last year. The Texans swept the Colts last year in two close games. I give Indy almost no chance of winning this one, but 13 is an awful lot of points. The Colts can manage to lose by 10 on a garbage TD or the like.

  • Underdog is 3-0-2 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
  • Colts are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games in November.
Free NFL Pick: Colts +13Best Line Offered: Intertops

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This seems like the easiest total pick of the week. Obviously weather won’t be a concern at NRG Stadium. Houston leads the NFL in scoring at 30.7 points per game, and rookie QB Deshaun Watson is going nuts. In last week’s loss to the Seahawks, Watson became the first player in NFL history with at least 400 passing yards (402), four touchdown passes (four) and 50 rushing yards (67) in a single game. Shall I continue? Watson has thrown at least three TD passes in four consecutive games and is the first rookie in NFL history to accomplish the feat. His 16 touchdown passes in his past four games are the most ever by a rookie in any four-game span. Finally, Watson’s 19 passing TDs are the most in league history by a player in his first seven career games. The Colts, meanwhile, are allowing 406.8 yards per game, second-worst in the NFL, and a league-worst 30.8 points – the only club allowing more than 27.4.

  • Over is 5-1 in Colts last 6 games overall.
  • Over is 5-0 in Texans last 5 games overall.
Free NFL Pick: Over 50Best Line Offered: BetDSI

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