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Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston Texans NFL Playoff Betting | AFC Wild Card

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Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston Texans Betting Picks

The 2018 NFL playoff betting season is upon us, giving us the eliminatory action we’ve all been waiting for. The Colts shocked the entire NFL legal betting community when they locked up a spot in the playoffs thanks to a 9-1 record in their final stretch of the season. The Colts now look to usurp their AFC South rivals in this Saturday’s AFC Wild Card matchup. So what kind of turnout are the odds predicting?

Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston Texans – Saturday, January 5th   

When: 4:35 pm ET

Where: NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas

TV: ESPN/ABC

Stream: Watch ESPN, ABC Sports, NFL Game Pass

NFL Playoff Betting Odds:

Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
Colts +1 (-105) 47½ (-110)   +104
Texans -1 (-115) 47½ (-110) -124
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Indianapolis Colts        

The Colts finished the season with a surprising 10-6 record to finish 2nd in the AFC South and lock up a Wild Card berth. And since Indy went 1-1 against Houston this season, we can fully expect this matchup to live up to the postseason hype. During the regular season the Colts averaged 27.1 points per offense, giving them the 5th best scoring offense in the NFL. On the other hand, Indy gave up 21.5 per matchup, yielding them the 10th best defense in the league. For comparison, Houston ranks 11th in scoring and 5th in defense. All in all this should make for an interesting matchup between two talented teams. The Colts may have the advantage on offense but they’ll have a tough Houston team standing in their way.

Players to Watch: Andrew Luck (4,593 passing yards, 39 TD, 15 INT), Marlon Mack (908 rushing yards, 9 TD, 1 F), and TY Hilton (1,270 receiving yards, 6 TD, 76 REC).

Houston Texans 

The Texans delivered an 11-5 record this season to claim an AFC South title. It was a rough start for Houston seeing as how they lost three in a row but they ultimately bounced back bigly. Since the Colts won the most recent pairing between these two, some bettors might be eager to pick them here. However, the NFL playoff betting odds feel differently. At the end of the day both teams bring plenty of momentum into this matchup but the Colts might have just a tiny bit more. The first time these two met Houston came out on top but Indy was without running back Marlon Mack. With Mack back in the lineup this Saturday, Houston has plenty to watch out for.

Players to Watch: Deshaun Watson (4,165 passing yards, 26 TD, 9 INT), Lamar Miller (973 rushing yards, 5 TD, 0 F), and DeAndre Hopkins (1,572 receiving yards, 11 TD, 115 REC).

Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston Texans Betting Predictions

Trends

  • The TOTAL has gone OVER in 10 of Indianapolis’s last 14 games when playing on the road against Houston
  • Indianapolis is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Houston
  • Indianapolis is 5-0-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Houston
  • The TOTAL has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston’s last 5 games when playing Indianapolis
  • Houston is 7-17 SU in its last 24 games when playing Indianapolis
  • Houston is 3-8-2 ATS in its last 13 games when playing Indianapolis
Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston Texans Betting Picks

So which side should mobile betting fans take in Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston Texans matchup? This one is definitely a tossup given how well these two rivals match up. However, the Colts come in with a ton of momentum and look like the best pick here. Sign up today to make your online betting prediction!

Score Prediction: 27-21 Indianapolis.

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