Texans at Colts: History on side of Indianapolis
The Houston Texans have not only struggled this season, but also historically against their upcoming opponent in the Indianapolis Colts.
If history has any say, the Houston Texans will most likely not win their game on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday in Week 4, as the AFC South rivalry involving the Texans and the Colts has seen the team from Indianapolis win a majority of the time.
The Colts lead the series 25-7-0 overall in 32 games according to footballdb.com, a series where the Colts have outscored the Texans, 833-619. For the 33rd meeting coming up this Sunday the Texans enter as a -1.5 underdog in Las Vegas and are still looking for their first win of the season at 0-3 for the 2018 season.
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The Colts have won the past two games in this series, sweeping the Texans in 2017, winning on Nov. 5 by a 20-14 score and on Dec. 31 by a score of 22-13. Before last season the Texans won three straight games From Dec. 2015 through Dec. 2016.
Before that Indianapolis controlled the series, mostly because they were the better team at the time with the likes of Peyton Manning as their starting quarterback six-straight from Dec. 2012 through Oct. 2015.
The Texans first played the Colts on Sept. 22, 2002 when they lost to the Colts by a 23-3 score. It took until Dec. 24, 2006 until the Texans gained their first win against Indianapolis, winning by a 27-24 score in Houston, which was the 10th meeting in the series.
As for the current day Texans and Colts matchup, the quarterback comparison is exciting as both Andrew Luck of the Colts and Deshaun Watson of the Texans are having similar seasons. Luck enters the game coming off a season where he was receiving from injury and didn’t play a single snap. Luck in his return to the field this season is 85-of-124 for 662 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions with a QB rating of 84.9. Luck has also been sacked five times this season.
Watson — who missed nine games last season with a tor ACL — is 63-of-106 for 871 yards, also with five touchdowns and three interceptions, having a QB rating of 89.8. The Texans quarterback has been sacked 10 times this season.
With history, the Las Vegas experts and the overall flow of the regular season all on the side of the Colts this Sunday, it is up to the Texans to start off strong, play much better than they have thus far this season to get the 2018 season rolling. If they don’t, it will be another long Sunday afternoon for the away team.