Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts, Week 15

Houston_Texans_indianapolis_coltsTexans vs Colts, Clash of the 6-7 co-division leaders

The battle of the backup quarterbacks will likely decide the AFC South when Houston visits Indianapolis. The Houston Texans has never won in Indianapolis since entering the league in 2002 and are 0-13 all-time on the Colts home field. If the Colts come away with another win at home they would have the inside track to win the division. The game between the Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts is scheduled for Sunday, December 20, 2015, at 1 p.m. ET at Lucas Oil Stadium. The game will be broadcast on CBS.

The Indianapolis Colts will be without Andrew Luck, who has missed a total of six games and the last four after suffering a lacerated kidney and a partially torn abdominal muscle. The second quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is dealing with a rib injury, so Charlie Whitehurst has gotten some looks in practice. Coach Chuck Pagano hopes Hasselbeck, who won his first four starts in place of Luck, can practice this week and be ready to go Sunday. If Hasselbeck can’t play, the Colts would likely start Charlie Whitehurst with Alex Tanney serving as his backup.

The Houston Texans are in a similar situation with their backup quarterback Yates ready to take snaps in the most important game of the season. Yates is in a similar situation as Whitehurst. He was third-string when the Texans where toying with Ryan Mallet and Hoyer at quarterback. The Texans have a better defense and J.J. Watt and Co. will get after Whitehurst if Houston finally gets a win in Indianapolis. Houston Texans DeAndre Hopkins has emerged as one of the elite receivers in the NFL. Hopkins, who had a career-high 11 catches and season-best 169 yards in the first meeting with the Colts, is expecting to see plenty of double teams from a defense that ranks 29th overall, against the pass and in yards per completion (12.59). If the Texans can’t get the use of Hopkins, their most dynamic weapon, the entire offense suffers.

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Denver Broncos at Indianapolis Colts in Week 9

Broncos-ColtsDenver Broncos on the road take on Indianapolis Colts

The Indianapolis Colts (3-5) will attempt to give the Denver Broncos (7-0) their first loss and win for the eighth time in nine meetings when they meet on Sunday. The Colts upset the Broncos 24-13 on the road in the divisional playoffs last year as 9.5-point underdogs. Indianapolis came close to upsetting the unbeaten Carolina Panthers last week on the road in a 29-26 overtime loss and will get another chance to beat a team with a perfect record, only this time the Colts are at home. The matchup between the Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts will take place on Sunday, November 8, 2015, at 4:25 p.m. ET at Lucas Oil Stadium. The game will be televised on CBS.

The story for the Denver Broncos is their defense.  They are producing a big number of interceptions and defensive touchdowns. The Broncos are a defensive team in 2015 boasting the top defense in the NFL. Everyone expected Manning’s production to dip given his age and HC Gary Kubiak’s system, but no one predicted such a slow start. Manning did show signs of life in Week 8 as he tore up the Green Bay defense, going 21-of-29 for 340 yards. Even though Manning went 21-of-29, he still has a wet noodle for an arm, and he isn’t that much improved after a week off.  Last week the Green Bay defense underestimated him, something that the Colts probably aren’t going to do.

The Indianapolis Colts has its own problems to worry about in its secondary. The Colts can’t get any pressure whatsoever on the quarterback, and when you can’t get in Manning’s face, eventually, he’s going to make strong throws. The Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is going to be under a ton of duress from a terrifying pass rush, and with no running game to balance this all out, trouble is clearly waiting. This does not bode well for a struggling Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts.  Earlier in the week, the Colts revealed that Luck had been playing through a rib injury, which could explain his performance.   Best Sports Gambling Sites

New England Patriots at Indianapolis Colts in Week 6

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 11:   LeGarrette Blount #29 of the New England Patriots runs the ball against  Andy Studebaker #58 of the Indianapolis Colts during the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 11, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Tom Brady could shine as New England Patriots seek revenge on Indianapolis Colts

The Patriots are expected to take the Colts to task. They’ll likely be going by air, instead of by land. The New England Patriots have beaten their last two teams by an aggregate score of 81-23. New England is 4-0 with the best point differential in the AFC, the Colts have managed to tread water at 3-2, narrowly escaping against three AFC South opponents. The battle between the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts is scheduled to take place on Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 8:30 p.m. ET at Lucas Oil Field. The game will be broadcasted on NBC.

The  Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has been using the past two weeks to recover from his shoulder injury and, it’s possible he could be back at full strength against the Patriots. Regardless of how the Pats have dominated the Colts in four meetings over the past three seasons, a full-strength Luck gives Indianapolis a game-changer who could threaten New England’s perfect record. However if there is even the slightest bit wrong with that throwing shoulder, he can expect the Patriots to take advantage of it. Luck hasn’t done well against New England in his career. His worst moment was when he walked out of Gillette Stadium last year in the AFC Championship Game having led the offense to one score with two picks and barely 200 total yards of offense.

The New England Patriots are on a roll this season at 4-0. Quarterback Tom Brady has put up 1,387 yards and 11 TDs without a pick. The offensive numbers the Patriots have put up on the Colts since 2009 are truly impressive. Over the course of seven games, New England has averaged 40.7 points per game and 422 yards per game against the Indianapolis defense. The Patriots have done great against the colts on the ground. Last year New England rushed for seven touchdowns, including using Jonas Gray for four scores in the primetime game these two played in the regular season. Whether that means LeGarrette Blount or Dion Lewis or who else ultimately runs for 100 yards or not is to be seen. The Patriots have had someone rush for at least 148 yards in three straight games against Indy.

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