INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (3-2) AT HOUSTON TEXANS (3-2)
Week 5 Results
Colts: W (20-13) vs. Baltimore Ravens
Texans: L (17-20) at Dallas Cowboys
Surprisingly enough, the team which boasts the second-highest ranked offense in the league is just 3-2. Yet the Colts are trending in the right direction, having beaten the Ravens thanks to their prolific pass offense and potent run game. Andrew Luck had a “subpar” outing with 312 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions. Ahmad Bradshaw and Trent Richardson helped the offense move the ball when necessary, each averaging more than 4 yards per carry.
The Texans nearly escaped Dallas with a win, before conceding a game-winning Dan Bailey field goal in overtime. Arian Foster had another monster game with 157 yards and 2 TDs off 23 carries; whenever he can manage to stay healthy, Foster is one of the most lethal running backs in the league. Houston’s defense had another strong outing, forcing 3 turnovers and adding to their league-leading season total of 12.
The x-factor in Thursday night’s matchup will be the Texans’ ability to stop Indianapolis in goal-to-go situations. Colts OC Pep Hamilton’s creative playcalling typically attempts to give Luck a big target to hit on a short route, such as TEs Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen. If Houston can prevent them from doing so, they will get the win. However, Andrew Luck is too smart of a quarterback to let that happen.
Players to Watch: Dwayne Allen (TE – IND), Arian Foster (RB – HOU)
Prediction: Colts 28, Texans 17
Remaining games will be added Saturday before the weekend games!