NFL Kickoff Indianapolis at Houston: Texans Start Year by Breaking Colts Hex

James BrownSenior Analyst ISeptember 5, 2010

HOUSTON - NOVEMBER 29:  Quarterback Matt Schaub #8 of the Houston Texans throws a pass against the Indianapolis Colts on November 29, 2009  at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. The Colts won 35-27.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Date: Sunday, September 12, 2010 1:00 PM ET
Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas
Week 1 NFL Odds:
Indianapolis: -2 ½ (-110) /Houston: + 2 ½ (-110)
Total: 46 ½ points : Over (-110), Under (-110)

To kick-off the season, the Indianapolis Colts travel to Houston to take on the Texans in a division battle. The Texans and the Colts are expected to fight for the division and possibly a shot at the Super bowl. BetMania has the Colts listed as 2.5-point favorites with the over/under set at 46.5.

In previous years, the Colts have owned the Texans as they are 15-1 in the last 16 meetings. This number is a bit deceiving as the Texans were not a very good team when they started out in the NFL. That has changed and the Texans are much better, but it does not change the fact that the Colts have a stranglehold over this team. The Colts have won six straight against their division rivals, dating all the way back to 2006. The Texans know that they are in for a battle whenever they take on the Colts.

Peyton Manning is arguably the best quarterback in the league, and one of the main reasons the Colts own such a great record over the Texans. He is back and attempting to make another run to the Super Bowl, and he has plenty of weapons. The Colts are healthy on defense and will have a full complement on both sides of the ball for this game.



The Texans have circled this game on the calendar, and they are calling it the biggest game in franchise history. Matt Schaub is the signal-caller for the Texans, and he is coming off a career year. Andre Johnson is a big target with Pro Bowl potential every year. The Texans are not one dimensional on offense as they boast a solid running game.

Second-year running back Arian Foster has emerged as the team’s starter after an outstanding preseason.  The Texans recently signed Derrick Ward, who was cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and now they are stacked with talent in the backfield. If the Texans do have any problems, it will be on the defensive side of the ball.

Brian Cushing, arguably the best defensive player for the Texans will miss the first four games of the season as he sits out due to a suspension handed out by the NFL. Cushing will serve a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy. The Texans have capable replacements, but they would like to have their best defense on the field when Peyton Manning comes to town.


Game-time prediction

The Texans are ready to shake the hold that Manning and the Colts have over the franchise. A win in Week one would go a long way toward instilling confidence and perhaps winning the AFC South. The Texans are 10-6 against the spread (ATS) in its last 16 as home dogs versus division rivals. They are geared up for this game, and will win a closely contested match in a shootout.


Final: Texans 34 Colts 31

Week one in the NFL is here and this should be one of the better games to kickoff the season!

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