For the first time in the history of this matchup, the Texans don't have to deal with Peyton Manning when they take on the Colts. With Manning down, the AFC South is blown wide open and the Texans are looking to make their mark early.
Kerry Collins and the Colts don't want to become the NFL bottom feeders many are expecting them to be. A big win over Houston would let people know that they aren't going to pass the AFC South torch off without a fight.
Note: Betting Lines According to Bodog
TV Info: 1:00 PM EST, CBS
If everyone was healthy in this game, you could bet the farm on the over. As it stands, the defender of the rushing title has hamstring issues and the Colts offense is going to struggle to move the ball with Collins leading the charge. Injuries make the over too risky in this game.
Spread: (Texans -9)
Even if Peyton Manning was on the field, the Texans could still be considered a favorite in this game. They destroyed Indy in their opener last year and without Manning under center, there is no way the Colts can compete with all the talent the Texans put forth on the defensive side of the ball.
Final Pre-Game Prediction:
Colts 14, Texans 27
The Colts can't keep up with the Texans on either side of the ball. Collins is going to be constantly under pressure and it's not as though the Colts have the run game to fall back on when things go south in their passing game. Houston's offense will have no trouble picking apart a porous Colts' defense, Arian Foster or not.