Texans at Colts: Houston enters Week 4 as underdogs
The Houston Texans enter Week 4 as the underdogs for the second time this season as they are set to face the Indianapolis Colts in an AFC South showdown.
It has been a very disappointing season for the Houston Texans through the first three games of the 2018 season as play calling decisions and overall mistakes have made things tough for the now 0-3 Texans club.
For Week 4, the Texans are set to take on the Indianapolis Colts in what should be a competitive AFC South game between to desperate teams. There is no other way to look at it … the Texans and Colts each need a win badly as this is a must win game if either want to have any sort of chance to battle for a division title or a Wild Card playoff spot. A loss would all but end any chances of that for the Texans before the September even concludes.
With Indianapolis entering the Week 4 game at 1-2 overall they are the favorites for the matchup early in the week, being favored at -1.5 over the visiting Texans according to OddsShark.com. This is Houston’s third away game in the first four games of the season.
Thus far this season, the Texans have lost to the New England Patriots (27-20), the Tennessee Titans (20-17) and the New York Giants (27-22). Combined the three Texans losses have been by a combined 15 points.
The Colts this season have lost to the Cincinnati Bengals (34-23), defeated the Washington Redskins (21-9) and lost to the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles (20-16) this past Sunday.
The quarterback battle is between two signal callers who are coming off injuries from last season and haven’t reached their past level of success quite yet. For the Colts, Andrew Luck has a QB rating of 84.8 in three games as he’s passed for 662 yards with five touchdowns and three interceptions.
For Houston, Deshaun Watson isn’t on the same pace of success as he was his rookie season. Watson missed most of last season after tearing his ACL, and this season in his return his offensive line isn’t the best at pass protection. Watson in 2018 has a QB rating of 89.8 with 871 yards passing, including five touchdowns and three interceptions.
Both quarterbacks have similar numbers and both the Colts and Texans have losing records after three weeks. This Week 4 game should be interesting for the fact the Texans are fighting for their season, as are the Colts, because neither team wants to get too far back in the AFC standings one month into the 2018 season.