Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts: An expert guide to betting in Week 4

HOUSTON, TX- OCTOBER 09: Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts scrambles away from J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans in the first quarter in a NFL game on October 9, 2014 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX- OCTOBER 09: Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts scrambles away from J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans in the first quarter in a NFL game on October 9, 2014 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images) /

The Houston Texans will take on the Indianapolis Colts on the road this Sunday. What’s the best way to proceed to place a wager? Here’s an expert guide.

The Houston Texans lost last week in a miserable performance at home against the New York Giants. They have fallen to 0-3 on the season and head to Indianapolis, which has never been kind to them. As bettors, we would have gladly taken the 1-1, but the Houston Texans scored a garbage-time touchdown with a second remaining to push the total over.

I have been losing you money for three straight weeks, and it might be time to just fade my picks on the Texans. It also might be time to question what’s going on with you if you’re still betting on this Texans team. The Texans hold the longest losing streak in the NFL after the Cleveland Browns got their first victory last week since 2016.

This week’s game will be televised on CBS at noon CDT. They’ll be playing at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis and can be heard on SportsRadio 610 AM and 100.3 FM The Bull in Houston.

Nevada no longer holds a monopoly on the sports gambling business. Full-scale legalized sports betting is now available in Mississippi, West Virginia, New Jersey and Delaware too.

If you’re interested, it’s 6 hours and 22 minutes from NRG Stadium to Biloxi, Miss. if you want to make a quick road trip before Sunday’s game to place your legal wagers. As a result of sports gambling no longer being in the shadows, I would like to give you some advice on how to wager on the Houston Texans’ game each Sunday. Always remember to never bet more than you can afford to lose, and please, gamble responsibly.

Matchup: Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts (1-2)

The Colts lost a close one in Philadelphia last week as Carson Wentz returned for the Eagles. They were actually winning the game 16-13 late into the fourth quarter before the Eagles scored a touchdown to put them over the top 20-16.

That loss to the Eagles was preceded by one victory and one loss. The Colts lost their home opener in Week 1 to the Cincinnati Bengals, and in Week 2, they went on the road and pummeled the Washington Redskins.

Everyone knows the Texans‘ history with the Colts, and it’s not pretty. They are 7-25 against them all time, and they didn’t get their first win in Indianapolis until Dec. 20, 2015. The Texans play in Indianapolis once every season.

The Colts won both meetings in 2017, and that was without Andrew Luck and with Chuck Pagano as coach. Luck is back and Frank Reich is in as head coach. Reich was previously the offensive coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Both losses against the Colts occurred last season after Deshaun Watson had torn his ACL, so they can be taken with a tiny grain of salt. This is his first trip to Lucas Oil Stadium, and maybe he’ll have better luck than every other Texans quarterback.

The Texans badly need to win this Sunday if they want any hope of this not being a totally lost season, and Bill O’Brien needs a win if he wants any hope of an offensive coordinator not being forced onto his staff. He can feel the play-calling duties slipping out of his hands quickly.

It’s getting later in the season, and the injury report list gets longer. The Colts have quite a few guys who did not practice on Wednesday and appeared on the injury report. The most notable is safety Malik Hooker, who played all 82 snaps against the Eagles on Sunday, and it is unclear if him not practicing will reflect on his availability for Sunday.

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Tight end Eric Ebron also did not practice after receiving a team-high 11 targets against the Eagles. Tight end Jack Doyle did not play against the Eagles and is 50-50 at best for Sunday, according to CBS Sports Fantasy Football.

Tackle Anthony Castonzo is still trying to work his way back from a hamstring injury and has yet to play this season. He didn’t practice Wednesday and doesn’t seem optimistic about making his debut this week.

The Texans didn’t have anyone miss Wednesday’s practice due to injury concerns.

Line: Colts -1.5 and Total: 47

The Texans are 2-6-2 against the spread in their last 10 matchups against the Colts. Their record

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in those games is 3-7. The total has gone 4-6 in the last 10 matchups.

It’s hard to glean anything from last season’s two matchups because both teams were without their starting quarterback in both games. The Colts also have a new head coach with a creative offensive background.

Both teams have losing records, but the Colts have been winning in all three of their games. They were up on the Bengals early and ended up losing in a blowout. They dominated the Redskins from the outset and won 21-9, and they conceded that late touchdown to lose last week against the defending champs.

Meanwhile, the Texans haven’t shown any sense of urgency and are playing a brand of football usually associated with the Cleveland Browns. Deshaun Watson has put up numbers, but they are aided by the fact that the fourth quarter has been mostly garbage time this season.

History says that the Texans will be in this game against the Colts and fold late in the fourth quarter, and I think that will play itself out on Sunday. Watson will do his thing and have good numbers while throwing an interception and only managing 17 points, and J.J. Watt will have another excellence performance while the defense gives up 20+ points.

Meanwhile, Andrew Luck will bring his hard hat and sack lunch, and the Colts will grind away at the Texans‘ spirit. Fans will have active Twitter fingers calling for the firing of O’Boobie, yet there won’t be any change in his job status on Monday.

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Prediction: Colts 24-17

Season Gambling Record: 1-5

The Texans are trending at number 1 on CBS Sports’ latest 2019 NFL Mock Draft and are slated to select left tackle Jonah Williams out of Alabama. If you’re not busy Saturday morning, watch the Crimson Tide take on the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns.  Alabama’s currently favored by 48.5 points in this matchup. Wow!

All odds are courtesy of Oddshark.com.