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Indianapolis Colts vs Houston Texans 10/17/21 NFL Picks and Predictions

Houston Texans (1-4) vs. Indianapolis Colts (1-4)
October 17, 2021 1:00 pm EDT
The Line: Indianapolis Colts -10 / Houston Texans +10; Over/Under: 43
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The Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans meet in an AFC contest Sunday in week 6 NFL action at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The Houston Texans need a win to snap a four-game losing streak. The Indianapolis Colts also need a win to rebound from a 1-4 record.

The Houston Texans have lost four straight road games. Davis Mills is completing 61.5 percent of his passes for 669 yards, five touchdowns and five interceptions. Brandin Cooks and Chris Conley have combined for 516 receiving yards and two touchdowns, while David Johnson has 13 receptions. The Houston Texans ground game is averaging 79.8 yards per contest, and Mark Ingram II leads the way with 212 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Houston is allowing 28.2 points and 391.8 yards per game. Christian Kirksey leads the Houston Texans with 41 tackles, Whitney Mercilus has three sacks and Justin Reid has two interceptions.

The Indianapolis Colts have won six of their last 10 home games. Carson Wentz is completing 65.3 percent of his passes for 1,322 yards, seven touchdowns and one interception. Michael Pittman Jr. and Zach Pascal have combined for 572 receiving yards and four touchdowns, while Jonathan Taylor has 14 receptions. The Indianapolis Colts ground game is averaging 114.2 yards per contest, and Taylor leads the way with 327 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Indianapolis is allowing 25.6 points and 369.2 yards per game. Bobby Okereke leads the Indianapolis Colts with 28 tackles, Kemoko Turay has two sacks and Darius Leonard has one interception.

The Texans are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games in October and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. AFC. The Colts are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games in October. The over is 5-2 in Texans last 7 games overall. The over is 35-17 in Colts last 52 games in October. The Texans are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 meetings.

The Indianapolis Colts are the better team and should feel good with them finally coming home after three weeks on the road and taking the Ravens to overtime. However, the Houston Texans are coming off possibly their best performance of the season, where they jumped on the Patriots and probably should have won. The Texans aren’t a good football team and their offense is awful across the board, but I’m not laying double-digit chalk with a Colts team led by an inconsistent and always hobbled Wentz. It’s Texans or pass for me.

Randy Chambers's Free Pick:
Houston Texans +10
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Randy Chambers

Randy has covered sports betting since 2014 and writes about everything from NFL to WNBA.

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