The Indianapolis Colts (6-4) and Houston Texans (6-4) are set for a significant matchup Thursday evening at NRG Stadium.
The Week 12 bout will determine who holds sole possession of first place within the AFC South. The Colts at the moment maintain the highest spot due to their tiebreaking win in Week 7.
Right here is how the Colts Wire workers sees the sport unfolding:
Kevin Hickey (@KevinHickey11): Colts 24, Texans 22
I’ve been going backwards and forwards with this sport all week. It was very regarding to see the harm report on Monday however because the week progressed, it isn’t too dangerous all issues thought-about.
This divisional matchup has severe implications now and down the stretch. The Colts ought to be getting T.Y. Hilton and Pierre Desir again—even when they’re coping with another accidents within the secondary. The potential return of Hilton provides the Colts the benefit to win the sport.
I don’t count on Jacoby Brissett to fireside off 326 yards and 4 touchdowns once more like he did in Week 7, however he ought to be in line for a giant day. The Texans secondary is banged up in a nasty method, and the absence of J.J. Watt has opened a large gap of their run protection.
That is going to be an unpleasant, bodily sport that might be gained within the trenches. Seeing because the Colts have the benefit there, they arrive away with an upset win on the highway.
Arden Franklyn (@ArdenSportsTalk): Colts 26, Texans 20
In current video games, the Colts and Texans have performed some good matchups collectively and I count on it to proceed on Thursday evening. As for why I’m anticipating the Colts to win, it’s only a matter of confidence.
With their beginning quarterback returning to the fold, T.Y. Hilton presumably returning (and inflicting one other nightmare for the Texans) and the very fact they’ve overwhelmed the Texans three consecutive instances since final season, the Colts positively know they will beat this staff in any method potential.
However let’s additionally acknowledge this: the Texans are in all probability popping out fired up due to what’s at stake (division lead/not dropping the season sequence) together with avenging their poor efficiency from final Sunday, so it wouldn’t shock me in the event that they established an early, double-digit lead.
But, ought to or not it’s sufficient for a win? Completely, not as a result of the Colts gained’t enable themselves to fall right into a deep gap in opposition to the Texans.
John Alfieri (@alfierijohn): Texans 31, Colts 24
I hardly ever predict losses for the Colts however this week could also be simply too difficult with accidents piling up on a brief week. Houston is coming off of a blowout loss in Baltimore and really hardly ever can we see a very good soccer staff come off a nasty loss in worse situation.
The Colts dropping Marlon Mack makes this sport seem to be a mismatch for Indy personnel-wise. To not point out the Texans kryptonite, T.Y. Hilton, remains to be questionable with a calf harm. Even when “the Ghost” decides to swimsuit up he won’t be 100%.
Jonathan Williams and Nyheim Hines will do their finest to determine the bottom sport however this sport will come right down to stopping the Texans passing assault and conserving Deshaun Watson within the pocket. The Colts protection has stepped up in current weeks however this Houston offense is among the higher models the Colts will see all season.
Accidents within the secondary can even play an enormous issue with Rock Ya-Sin questionable as properly. Hopefully, Kenny Moore and Marvel Inform can step up like they did final week in opposition to this proficient receiving corps.
I count on Jacoby Brissett to have an enormous evening with 300 yards passing and a pair of touchdowns however ultimately, will probably be the Colts taking part in catchup at NRG Stadium. I hope the Colts show me fallacious on this one. One factor I do imagine although, if this sport was on Sunday, it will be a totally totally different outcome.
Sam Sinclair (@samsinclair96): Colts 31, Texans 24
It ought to be an entertaining sport. The Colts ought to count on an early punch from the Texans as they’re coming residence off an embarrassing loss to the Ravens final Sunday.
I’ll have an interest to see how Houston defends Indianapolis’ offense. Final time these two groups met Jacoby Brissett three for over 300 yards and 4 touchdowns. However the Texans run protection has struggled since J.J. Watt was misplaced for the season.
The Colts protection should present up and play to the extent that they’ve the final 5-6 video games. Watson does have an ankle harm so if guys like Grover Stewart and Denico Autry can get inside strain early, it would check if Watson may be cellular.
This sport is greater than doubtless going to determine who wins the AFC South. The Colts are getting again T.Y. Hilton and Pierre Desir on the proper time. I feel their returns assist the Colts take a agency deal with on the AFC South on this Thursday evening matchup.