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NFL : ATS Matchup
Sunday 11/3/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore




INDIANAPOLIS (5 - 2) at HOUSTON (2 - 5)
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Week 9 Sunday, 11/3/2013 8:30 PM
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INDIANAPOLIS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games5-2+6.64-33-426.715.7344.7(5.7)0.918.711.0350.7(5.7)1.9
Road Games2-1+3.32-10-324.312.0346.7(5.7)
Last 3 Games2-1+2.42-12-127.316.3306.0(5.3)1.326.714.3408.7(6)1.7
Grass Games2-1+3.32-10-324.312.0346.7(5.7)
Division Games1-0+11-00-137.020.0437.0(6.4)
INDIANAPOLIS - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)26.715.720.130:2328-128(4.6)20-3361.1%217(6.6)61-345(5.7)(12.9)
Opponents Defensive Avg.22.811.220.530:1227-109(4.1)22-3662.0%243(6.7)63-352(5.6)(15.5)
Offense Road Games24.312.020.331:3128-136(4.8)20-3262.5%211(6.6)60-347(5.7)(14.2)
Defense (All Games)18.711.019.629:3727-122(4.5)20-3458.7%228(6.8)61-351(5.7)(18.7)
Opponents Offensive Avg.24.311.82030:1028-116(4.1)21-3364.2%236(7.2)61-353(5.8)(14.5)
Defense Road Games9.76.717.328:2926-101(3.9)17-3156.5%177(5.8)57-278(4.9)(28.7)
INDIANAPOLIS - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against10.61.71.713-537.9%1-044.2%2-58(23.9)18-2(7.8)6-51
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 13-534.8%1-150.0%3-61(23.8)1-8(7.4)7-54
Opponents Avg. Stats For0.90.81.6 13-539.1%1-053.1%2-48(23.5)15-2(8.1)6-55
Stats Against (Road Games) 12-432.4%1-050.0%3-49(18.4)1-8(12)7-46

HOUSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games2-5-6.41-64-317.48.4381.1(5.6)2.327.714.7267.7(5)0.7
Home Games1-2-4.40-33-021.011.0449.3(5.9)3.028.310.0244.7(4.7)0.7
Last 3 Games0-3-6.41-21-210.75.3342.3(5.5)3.029.717.3285.7(5.4)0.7
Grass Games2-4-5.41-54-218.88.3400.7(5.7)2.527.314.3273.0(5.1)0.8
Division Games1-0+10-11-030.07.0452.0(5.9)
HOUSTON - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)17.48.422.333:5228-128(4.5)26-4064.3%253(6.3)68-381(5.6)(21.9)
Opponents Defensive Avg.199.218.429:2426-108(4.2)21-3461.0%224(6.6)59-332(5.6)(17.4)
Offense Home Games21.011.027.036:0631-159(5.1)28-4562.2%291(6.5)76-449(5.9)(21.4)
Defense (All Games)27.714.715.928:2630-122(4.1)14-2458.5%146(6)54-268(5)(9.7)
Opponents Offensive Avg.23.410.819.331:5429-112(3.9)20-3361.5%225(6.8)62-337(5.5)(14.4)
Defense Home Games28.310.014.729:1729-132(4.5)14-2359.4%112(4.9)52-245(4.7)(8.6)
HOUSTON - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.90.81.8213-433.8%1-047.7%2-60(24.4)14-2(6.3)7-60
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 13-538.7%1-040.0%2-52(26.1)2-34(13.9)7-56
Opponents Avg. Stats For0.90.61.5 14-538.0%1-052.4%2-47(23.7)23-3(9.1)7-58
Stats Against (Home Games) 12-327.0%1-050.0%2-40(19.8)3-26(9.7)9-69
Average power rating of opponents played: INDIANAPOLIS 20.7,  HOUSTON 22.4
INDIANAPOLIS - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/22/2013@ SAN FRANCISCO27-7W10.5W45.5U39-17918-27-157023-11513-27-1392
9/29/2013@ JACKSONVILLE37-3W-7.5W42U29-15424-39-283118-4017-32-1653
10/14/2013@ SAN DIEGO9-19L0L50.5U17-7418-30-193137-14722-33-2270
11/3/2013@ HOUSTON            
11/10/2013ST LOUIS            
11/14/2013@ TENNESSEE            
11/24/2013@ ARIZONA            

HOUSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/9/2013@ SAN DIEGO31-28W-5L44O28-12034-45-329120-8014-29-1831
9/22/2013@ BALTIMORE9-30L1.5L44U23-9425-35-170131-7516-24-1610
10/6/2013@ SAN FRANCISCO3-34L4L42.5U30-13122-40-182436-1776-15-1070
10/13/2013ST LOUIS13-38L-9.5L42.5O30-15327-38-267425-9912-16-1170
10/20/2013@ KANSAS CITY16-17L6.5W38.5U24-7315-25-221132-12623-34-2312
11/10/2013@ ARIZONA            
12/1/2013NEW ENGLAND            
INDIANAPOLIS: The Colts continue their transition to man blocking in the running game. New offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton comes from Stanford, where he used a power running game between the tackles. They'll likely try to establish the running game more than they did last year under former OC Bruce Arians, when they were one of 11 teams to run on less than 40 percent of their plays. Vick Ballard will get the first crack in what should be a committee set-up. Delone Carter will likely take short yardage duties, while Donald Brown (not an ideal fit in this scheme) will rotate in on all three downs. Hamilton kept last year's playbook, and he's obviously familiar with Andrew Luck from college. They want to take a lot of shots up the seam, and they do a nice job utilizing pick plays and setting up bubble screens. Reggie Wayne is an intermediate target and the No. 1 receiver, while slot man T.Y. Hilton will see more snaps and is capable of getting deep. Darrius Heyward-Bey replaces Donnie Avery as a deep threat. The tight ends play both ways, and Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener will often share the field. The Colts let Luck do his thing deep in opponent territory, though it is partly because they lack power in their offensive line. He's given the option to create with his legs. Although they have the third-easiest NFL schedule, the Colts will still struggle on the defensive end. In 2012, they recovered a pathetic three fumbles all year, allowed 138 rushing YPG (4th-most in NFL) and surrendered 29.1 PPG on the road. With Dwight Freeney gone, OLB Robert Mathis (8 sacks) is the only player left with more than four sacks. But not all is hopeless, as MLB Jerrell Freeman (145 tackles, 5th in NFL) is a budding star, and Indy improved its secondary by signing CB Greg Toler and SS LaRon Landry.
HOUSTON: The cornerstone of Houston's offense remains its zone-blocking running scheme, though the club did slip from first to ninth in the NFL in terms of run/pass ratio. The offensive line has steadily developed into one of the NFL's best, a mobile group that specializes in (for now, still legal) cut blocking. It's a one-cut system for their backs, where Arian Foster thrives. The Texans seem to have lost some faith in Ben Tate, as Foster played a league-leading 847 snaps last season. The Texans use a conservative West Coast passing game that works off play-action but doesn't do a lot downfield. Andre Johnson is the centerpiece, a guy who gets moved around and is almost always Matt Schaub's first look. Tight end Owen Daniels still serves as the default No. 2 target, often working off Johnson on the same side of the field. Rookie DeAndre Hopkins will be more of a field stretcher on the opposite side. Foster was utilized less in the passing game last year, though Houston could look to rekindle the screen game considering Schaub's inability to get the ball deep. Houston is one of the NFL's most run-heavy red zone teams. Foster led the league in touchdowns of less than 10 yards last year (14) and had 71.9 percent of Houston's touches inside the 10. Just the presence of Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt (NFL-best 20.5 sacks, 39 TFL) is enough to make the Texans a strong defense, and the addition of playmaking FS Ed Reed (9 career TD) and the healthy return of ILB Brian Cushing makes them truly elite. CBs Johnathan Joseph and Kareem Jackson are stellar shutdown corners. Versatile Danieal Manning should have little trouble shifting from free safety to strong safety, and the team expects big things from OLB Whitney Mercilus in his second season.
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*Colts-Texans Preview* ======================


The Indianapolis Colts were expected to be the Houston Texans' most formidable challenger in the AFC South.

There hasn't been much of a challenge, but it's the Colts who are threatening to run away with the division.

The Colts will try to overcome the loss of Reggie Wayne when they head to Houston on Sunday night looking to all but end the Texans' hopes of a third straight division title by handing them a sixth consecutive loss.

Houston (2-5) edged Indianapolis (5-2) by one game for the South title last year, but what seemed like it would be a tight race in 2013 has been anything but.

As the only team in the division above .500, the Colts seem on their way to supplanting the Texans, who are facing a potential six-game slide for the first time since Nov. 6-Dec. 11, 2005.

Indianapolis, though, isn't getting caught up in Houston's recent struggles, which include averaging 12.2 points over the last five games.

"There's a saying - to be the champ, you got to beat the champ. They're the champ," linebacker Robert Mathis said. "In order to get it back, we've just got to go down there and handle our business. I've been a part of some division championship teams. They're focused and they want it, it's just a matter of taking care of business.

"Make no mistake about it, we're not looking at their record because they are the two-time AFC South champions and we respect them as such."

The Colts are commanding respect of their own after defeating previously unbeaten Denver 39-33 in Week 7 to spoil Peyton Manning's return to Indianapolis before entering the bye.

Despite the impressive victory over the Broncos, the Colts suffered a costly blow as Wayne was lost for the season with a torn ACL in his right knee.

It's the first time since 2001 the Colts will put together a game plan without the three-time All-Pro. Darrius Heyward-Bey and T.Y. Hilton will be asked to do more, while tight end Coby Fleener may also see more passes from Andrew Luck.

Luck hit Heyward-Bey and Fleener for two of his three touchdown passes against the Broncos.

The second-year signal caller, who hails from Houston, will likely find things much tougher against the Texans. Though Houston is 27th in scoring defense (27.7 points per game) largely thanks to the offense and special teams allowing seven return touchdowns, the Texans are the league's top-ranked total defense, allowing an average of 267.7 yards - 145.6 passing.

"They've got game-wreckers all over the place. They've got a front seven that is as good as anybody in football. They've got probably the best defensive player in football in J.J. Watt," coach Chuck Pagano said.

Luck should be well aware of Houston's impressive defense after he was sacked six times while the teams split two meetings last season. Five of those sacks - three by Watt - came in a 29-17 defeat at Reliant Stadium in Week 15, when Luck completed 13 of 27 passes for 186 yards and two touchdowns, including a 61-yard toss to Hilton.

Luck again won't have to worry about Brian Cushing, who torn his left ACL for the second straight season. The linebacker's latest injury came in a 17-16 loss at Kansas City in Week 7, giving the Texans the bye to prepare for the Colts.

"We had to adjust to that last year," coach Gary Kubiak said. "We'll have to do that again. J.J. is already a leader, but I think it's going to call for some other guys to be vocal. I think (middle linebacker) Joe Mays has got more confidence in what he's doing.

"Unfortunately, we've been down this road before and some guys will have to step up."

The same could be said for Case Keenum, who will make a second straight start in place of a healthy Matt Schaub.

Keenum completed 15 of 25 passes for 271 yards and a touchdown in his first NFL appearance against the Chiefs while Schaub was out with a foot injury.

Sticking with Keenum might be made easier since Schaub has been largely ineffective, compiling a 78.8 passer rating with eight touchdowns and nine interceptions - four returned for TDs.

"I've got to make decisions I think are best for the football team right now," Kubiak said. "The decision I made was based on what I saw take place last week with Case and him taking advantage of an opportunity. I want to see him move forward."

The Colts rank 29th against the run, surrendering an average of 122.3 yards, but Houston's chances to take advantage might depend on the health of its two top backs.

Arian Foster has routinely shredded Indianapolis, gaining 752 yards while averaging 6.6 per carry with six touchdowns in five career meetings, but a hamstring injury limited him to four carries against the Chiefs. He didn't practice Wednesday and is considered questionable for Sunday.

Backup Ben Tate has a rib injury, but went through a light practice Wednesday and expects to play.

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