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Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston Texans 12/6/2020 NFL Picks, Prediction, and Preview

The Indianapolis Colts visit the Houston Texans on 12/6/2020 at 1:00PM.

Indianapolis and Houston face off in a critical regular season game as part of this unpredictable and chaotic 2020 NFL Season. Indianapolis has a record of 7-4 this season. Houston is 4-7 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

Indianapolis Team Defense Preview

Indianapolis faces 5.9 plays per drive, this defense gives up 29.8 yards per drive, and opponents score 1.98 points per offensive possession. On 34.8% of defensive possessions, opponents find a way to come away with points, but on 13.9% of defensive possessions, they force opponents to cough up the ball. Defensive possessions start on average at opponent’s Own 25.9 and these drives usually take up 2:48 of time.

Opposing quarterbacks have a QBR of 84.3 against Indianapolis and on 3.5% of passes thrown, it results in an interception. Indianapolis has caused a sack rate of 6.2% this season.

We will get more situational with Indianapolis and examine various situations. They have faced 137 third down attempts this season and opponents have converted 56 of these attempts, which comes out to a conversion rate of 40.9%. There is nothing more pressure-packed than fourth down situations. They have had to wall up against 9 fourth down attempts this season and the opposition have successfully turned the fourth down attempt into a first down 5 times, which works itself out to a success rate of 55.6%. Defenses need to prevent possessions from reaching the Red Zone. They have allowed 34 Red Zone entrances this season and opponents successfully turned a Red Zone entrance into an End Zone celebration 23 times, which works itself out to a success rate of 67.6%.

Indianapolis Team Offense Preview

Indianapolis has 6.4 plays per drive, this offense averages 34.8 yards per drive, and this offense puts up 2.26 points per drive. 43.6% of the time on offensive possessions, they will score a Touchdown or convert on a Field Goal Attempt, but on 10.3% of offensive possessions, they find cough the ball up to the opponent. Their possessions start on average at their Own 30.8 and these drives usually take up 2:54 of time.

On 4.0% of passes thrown, it results in a touchdown and on 2.3% of passes thrown, it results in an interception. Indianapolis has given up 12 sacks this season and there were 73 yards lost as a result of the inability to protect the Quarterback.

Indianapolis rushed for 3.7 yards per carry and for 104.4 yards per game. This offense coughed up the ball 6 times this season.

Let’s get situational with the Indianapolis and examine various situations. They have had 141 third down attempts this season and have converted 53 of these attempts, which comes out to a success rate of 37.6%. There is nothing more pressure-packed than fourth down situations. They have had 22 fourth down attempts this season and have converted 14 of these attempts, which comes out to a conversion rate of 63.6%. It is critical for offenses to get the ball into the Red Zone. They have had 42 Red Zone entrances this season and successfully turned a Red Zone entrance into an End Zone celebration 25 times, which works itself out to a conversion rate of 59.5%.

Houston Team Defense Preview

Houston faces 6.7 plays per drive, they hold opponents to 39.2 yards per drive, and this defense lets offenses score 2.52 points per drive. 43.5% of the time on defensive possessions, opponents will score a Touchdown or convert on a Field Goal Attempt, but 7.0% of the time, they force opposing offenses to turn the ball over. Defensive possessions start on average at opponent’s Own 26.9 and these drives usually take up 3:12 of time.

This defense holds opposing quarterbacks to a Quarterback Rating (QBR) of 105.4 and on 0.8% of passes thrown, it results in an interception. Houston has forced a sack rate of 6.2% this season.

We will get more situational with Houston and examine various situations. They have faced 147 third down attempts this season and opponents successfully turned the third down attempt into a first down 71 times, which works itself out to a success rate of 48.3%. Fourth Down situations are extremely consequential. They have taken on opponents in 15 fourth down conversion attempts this season and opponents have converted 8 of these attempts, which comes out to a success rate of 53.3%. Defenses need to prevent possessions from reaching the Red Zone. They have allowed 44 Red Zone entrances this season and their opponents have converted 27 of these attempts into Touchdowns, which comes out to a success rate of 61.4%.

Houston Team Offense Preview

Houston has run 5.9 plays per drive and they generate 35.4 yards per drive, and this offense puts up 2.36 points per drive. 42.9% of the time on offensive possessions, they will score a Touchdown or convert on a Field Goal Attempt, but 8.0% of the time, they are afflicted by the turnover bug. Their offensive drives start typically at their Own 27.2 yard line, they typically last 2:39.

On 6.6% of passes thrown, it results in a touchdown and on 1.4% of passes thrown, it results in an interception. Houston has given up 28 sacks this season and there were 151 yards lost as a result of the inability to protect the Quarterback.

Houston rushed for 3.8 yards per carry and for 83.9 yards per game. Rushers, Receivers, and Sitting Duck Quarterbacks fumbled the ball 10 times this season.

Examining Houston in a few key offensive situations would be helpful in making judgments. They have navigated through 130 third down attempts this season and successfully turned the third down attempt into a first down 54 times, which works itself out to a conversion rate of 41.5%. Fourth Down situations are extremely consequential. They have willingly and unwillingly encountered 10 fourth down conversion attempts this season and successfully turned the fourth down attempt into a first down 6 times, which works itself out to a conversion rate of 60.0%. It is critical for offenses to get the ball into the Red Zone. They have had 32 Red Zone entrances this season and have converted 19 of these attempts into Touchdowns, which comes out to a success rate of 59.4%.

The Indianapolis Roster

The Players to Watch for Indianapolis

Philip Rivers QB 6-5 228

This season, Philip Rivers has put up 2978 yards and 16 touchdowns. He has thrown 9 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 93.9thus far this season. Philip Rivers has thrown 9 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Philip Rivers has -3 rushing yards, which puts him in the 4.65 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 13 times this season, which puts him in the 36.05 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 0 rushing touchdowns this season.

Jonathan Taylor RB 5-10 226

This season, Jonathan Taylor has 518 rushing yards on 135 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 4 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Jonathan Taylor picked up 227 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 26 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 0 receiving touchdowns this season.

T.Y. Hilton WR 5-10 183

This season, T.Y. Hilton picked up 408 yards. He caught the ball 33 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 1 receiving touchdowns this season.

Grover Stewart NT 6-4 315

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Indianapolis, Grover Stewart has 28 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 0 times this season, which put him in the 19.48 among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced nan fumbles this season.

Tyquan Lewis DE 6-3 277

The leading tackler among Defensive Ends for Indianapolis, Tyquan Lewis has 17 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 4 times this season, which put him in the 68.42 among all Defensive Ends in College Football. He has forced nan fumbles this season.

Khari Willis SS 5-11 213

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Indianapolis, Khari Willis had 49 tackles which puts him in the 87.64 percentile among non-exclusive Defensive Backs. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 1 times this season. Khari Willis as a ball hawker was able to pick off 1.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 56.41 percentile among secondary position players this season.

Kenny Moore CB 5-9 190

Considered the leading tackler among Cornerbacks for Indianapolis, Kenny Moore had 42 tackles which puts him in the 92.8 percentile among Corners. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 1 times this season. Kenny Moore as a ball hawker was able to pick off 2.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 83.18 percentile among Corners this season.

The Houston Roster

The Players to Watch for Houston

Deshaun Watson QB 6-2 220

This season, Deshaun Watson has put up 3201 yards and 24 touchdowns. He has thrown 5 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 112.5thus far this season. Deshaun Watson has thrown 5 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Deshaun Watson has 293 rushing yards, which puts him in the 88.37 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 62 times this season, which puts him in the 93.02 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 2 rushing touchdowns this season.

Duke Johnson RB 5-9 210

This season, Duke Johnson has 201 rushing yards on 67 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 1 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Duke Johnson picked up 172 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 20 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 1 receiving touchdowns this season.

Will Fuller WR 6-0 184

This season, Will Fuller picked up 879 yards. He caught the ball 53 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 8 receiving touchdowns this season.

Brandon Dunn NT 6-2 310

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Houston, Brandon Dunn has 12 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 0 times this season, which put him in the 19.48 among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 0.0 fumbles this season.

J.J. Watt DE 6-5 288

The leading tackler among Defensive Ends for Houston, J.J. Watt has 25 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 4 times this season, which put him in the 68.42 among all Defensive Ends in College Football. He has forced 2.0 fumbles this season.

Justin Reid SS 6-1 203

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Houston, Justin Reid had 53 tackles which puts him in the 96.63 percentile among non-exclusive Defensive Backs. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 2 times this season. Justin Reid as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 21.15 percentile among secondary position players this season.

Vernon Hargreaves III CB 5-10 204

Considered the leading tackler among Cornerbacks for Houston, Vernon Hargreaves III had 38 tackles which puts him in the 84.75 percentile among Corners. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Vernon Hargreaves III as a ball hawker was able to pick off 1.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 60.0 percentile among Corners this season.

Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston Texans Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Indianapolis Colts 24 Houston Texans 23

Spread Pick: Houston +3.5 -117 Pinnacle Sports
Moneyline Pick: Indianapolis -160 5Dimes
Total Pick: Under 51.5 -110 BetOnline