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NFL : ATS Matchup
Sunday 12/15/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore
HOUSTON
 
INDIANAPOLIS
+6  

-6  
+190

-230

47
 
3
Final
25

HOUSTON (2 - 11) at INDIANAPOLIS (8 - 5)
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Week 15 Sunday, 12/15/2013 1:00 PM
Board OpenLatest
317HOUSTON45.547
318INDIANAPOLIS-6.5-5
ADVANCED TEAM STATS
HOUSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfYardsYPPTOScoreHalfYardsYPPTO
All Games2-11-213-109-419.210.8368.4(5.5)1.826.912.9302.2(5.3)0.7
Road Games1-5-4.62-43-317.28.3326.8(5)1.727.217.3292.2(5.2)1.0
Last 3 Games0-3-7.61-22-119.09.0336.3(5.3)1.324.711.3355.7(5.8)0.3
Dome Games0-1-11-01-024.017.0235.0(3.7)1.027.014.0332.0(5.4)3.0
Division Games1-3-6.60-43-120.09.5389.7(5.7)1.222.710.0294.0(5)0.0
HOUSTON - Current Season Statistics
 RushingPassingTotal
 PPGHalfFDTOPATT-YDSYPRCMP-ATTPCTYDSPYAATT-YDSYPPYPPT
Offense (All Games)19.210.820.232:1226-114(4.4)24-4159.3%254(6.3)67-368(5.5)(19.2)
Opponents Defensive Avg.22.211.219.930:2427-113(4.1)21-3561.2%236(6.7)62-349(5.6)(15.7)
Offense Road Games17.28.319.232:1024-96(4)25-4161.4%231(5.6)65-327(5)(19)
Defense (All Games)26.912.917.029:0328-119(4.2)17-2958.6%184(6.3)57-302(5.3)(11.2)
Opponents Offensive Avg.22.611.219.230:0027-110(4)21-3460.6%223(6.5)61-333(5.4)(14.7)
Defense Road Games27.217.317.327:5029-117(4)15-2756.8%175(6.5)56-292(5.2)(10.8)
HOUSTON - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
 INTFLTODIFF#-MADEPCT#-MADEPCTKR-YDSYPKRPR-YDSYPPRPEN-YDS
Stats For (All Games)1.20.51.8-1.115-535.8%1-037.5%3-80(24.3)3-21(8)7-70
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.90.71.62.114-538.3%1-045.0%3-59(22.9)18-2(7.8)6-56
Stats For (Road Games)1.20.51.7-0.714-538.4%1-144.4%3-82(23.4)2-16(7)9-85
Stats Against (All Games)0.40.30.7 14-536.2%0-050.0%2-62(25.8)3-33(12.5)6-48
Opponents Avg. Stats For10.51.5 14-536.7%1-046.5%2-59(23.9)22-2(9.3)6-53
Stats Against (Road Games)0.50.51.0 13-541.2%0-033.3%2-55(27.7)3-43(15.1)6-45

INDIANAPOLIS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfYardsYPPTOScoreHalfYardsYPPTO
All Games8-5+4.86-68-524.110.3337.8(5.6)1.024.314.7372.1(6)1.5
Home Games4-2+1.53-34-224.014.3340.5(5.6)1.725.715.3390.2(6.1)2.2
Last 3 Games1-2-11-22-120.35.0297.3(5.3)0.732.016.0395.7(5.6)1.3
Dome Games4-3+0.53-45-222.112.7326.0(5.4)1.627.717.0393.0(6.1)1.9
Division Games4-0+43-02-229.010.2345.2(5.6)0.517.012.0343.7(5.7)2.0
INDIANAPOLIS - Current Season Statistics
 RushingPassingTotal
 PPGHalfFDTOPATT-YDSYPRCMP-ATTPCTYDSPYAATT-YDSYPPYPPT
Offense (All Games)24.110.319.828:2724-105(4.4)21-3658.6%233(6.4)60-338(5.6)(14)
Opponents Defensive Avg.22.71119.830:1327-109(4.1)22-3561.4%230(6.5)62-339(5.5)(15)
Offense Home Games24.014.319.828:5625-102(4.1)21-3659.0%238(6.6)61-340(5.6)(14.2)
Defense (All Games)24.314.720.831:3330-131(4.4)20-3361.5%241(7.4)62-372(6)(15.3)
Opponents Offensive Avg.23.711.819.730:2128-114(4.1)21-3462.0%234(6.8)62-347(5.6)(14.7)
Defense Home Games25.715.320.231:0331-143(4.6)19-3359.2%247(7.6)64-390(6.1)(15.2)
INDIANAPOLIS - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
 INTFLTODIFF#-MADEPCT#-MADEPCTKR-YDSYPKRPR-YDSYPPRPEN-YDS
Stats For (All Games)0.70.31.00.513-536.6%1-014.3%3-72(23.5)2-17(8.9)4-38
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.90.71.6213-537.4%1-044.8%3-63(23.6)18-2(7.9)6-52
Stats For (Home Games)1.00.71.70.513-537.5%1-020.0%2-57(22.9)2-21(10.7)4-33
Stats Against (All Games)0.80.61.5 13-540.5%1-050.0%2-61(24.6)2-28(15.1)7-59
Opponents Avg. Stats For10.61.6 14-538.6%1-052.1%2-58(23.7)19-2(8.2)7-58
Stats Against (Home Games)1.21.02.2 14-538.8%1-150.0%2-64(27.6)2-37(18.6)7-60
Average power rating of opponents played: HOUSTON 20.4,  INDIANAPOLIS 21
SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
HOUSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTot.O/URushingPassingTORushingPassingTO
10/20/2013@ KANSAS CITY16-17L6.5W38.5U24-7315-25-221132-12623-34-2312
11/3/2013INDIANAPOLIS24-27L1L41.5O33-14320-34-340014-6918-40-2450
11/10/2013@ ARIZONA24-27L4W42O21-7622-43-159129-9720-32-2353
11/17/2013OAKLAND23-28L-10.5L40.5O21-9025-49-304231-16518-32-1760
11/24/2013JACKSONVILLE6-13L-10.5L43U21-7718-34-141128-11823-33-2150
12/1/2013NEW ENGLAND31-34L7W49O28-12115-30-264127-8829-41-3651
12/5/2013@ JACKSONVILLE20-27L-3.5L43O19-8333-58-323228-14913-28-1320
12/15/2013@ INDIANAPOLIS            
12/22/2013DENVER            
12/29/2013@ TENNESSEE            

INDIANAPOLIS - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTot.O/URushingPassingTORushingPassingTO
10/20/2013DENVER39-33W6.5W54.5O31-12121-38-213120-6429-49-3653
11/3/2013@ HOUSTON27-24W-1W41.5O14-6918-40-245033-14320-34-3400
11/10/2013ST LOUIS8-38L-7L43O14-1831-52-388537-1409-16-2321
11/14/2013@ TENNESSEE30-27W-3T42O32-13723-36-229024-12222-28-2181
11/24/2013@ ARIZONA11-40L3.5L44O15-8020-39-159130-12026-38-2900
12/1/2013TENNESSEE22-14W-3.5W46.5U25-10417-32-160136-16221-37-1854
12/8/2013@ CINCINNATI28-42L7.5L43.5O12-6329-46-326035-15524-35-2750
12/15/2013HOUSTON            
12/22/2013@ KANSAS CITY            
12/29/2013JACKSONVILLE            
KEY GAME INFORMATION
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.
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.
PREVIEW
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*Texans-Colts Preview* ======================

By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer

The Indianapolis Colts have clinched the AFC South, but they're hardly playing their best heading into the final three weeks of the season.

They've been anything but lackluster when facing the Houston Texans, who have dropped all 11 meetings in Indianapolis.

The Texans will try to snap that skid and an 11-game overall losing streak when they play their first game under interim coach Wade Phillips on Sunday.

Although Tennessee's loss at Denver on Sunday handed Indianapolis (8-5) the division crown, coach Chuck Pagano said he can't afford to rest starters following a 42-28 loss at Cincinnati.

"'We talked and said, 'They gave us 16 games, we're playing 16 games,"' Pagano explained. "Right now, we've got a lot of things to get better at. We have to go back to work and play good football, consistent football for 60 minutes."

The Colts haven't scored a first-half touchdown in the last six games. They've been outscored 114-24 in the first 30 minutes over that span, which began a week after the loss of receiver Reggie Wayne to a torn ACL on Oct. 20.

Indianapolis has also struggled defensively, allowing an average of 32.2 points while dropping three of five. The Colts gave up 19.4 per game during a 6-2 start.

Indianapolis seems headed for the No. 4 seed, with AFC West leader Denver at 11-2, East leader New England at 10-3 and the North-leading Bengals at 9-4 and holding the head-to-head tiebreaker.

Even if they can't move up, the Colts would like to regain their form from an early season in which they defeated San Francisco, Seattle and Denver.

"You never want to backdoor your way into it, but we won (the division)," NFL sacks leader Robert Mathis said. "We're in there, punched our ticket to the playoffs. We just have to hit the switch."

After throwing for an average of 237.0 yards with two touchdowns and five interceptions in his previous four games, Andrew Luck went 29 of 46 for 326 yards and matched a career high with four TDs against Cincinnati.

The second-year pro will try to build on that performance against a Houston team that has the second-best pass defense in the league, allowing an average of 183.6 yards.

Luck has not thrown an interception while tossing seven touchdowns in three career meetings with the Texans. Though he went 18 for 40 at Houston on Nov. 3, he threw for 271 yards and three second-half scores to T.Y. Hilton as the Colts rallied from 18 down for a 27-24 victory.

Hilton has 14 catches for 310 yards and five touchdowns in three career games against the Texans, while rookie Da'Rick Rogers could also play a large role after his 107-yard, two-touchdown effort last week.

The Colts' 11 straight home wins over the Texans have come by an average of 13.9 points, with the most recent one a 28-16 victory against the eventual AFC South champions Dec. 30.

This season has been a much different story for league-worst Houston (2-11), which dropped its 11th in a row by a score of 27-20 at Jacksonville last Thursday.

The Texans were penalized 14 times for a team-record 177 yards in the defeat before firing coach Gary Kubiak on Friday. They've turned things over to Phillips on an interim basis for the second time - the other when Kubiak suffered a mini-stroke at halftime Nov. 3.

"What's taken place with this organization is unacceptable," general manager Rick Smith said. "We've got three weeks of an evaluation process left and we've got to right the ship."

Smith said he'd like to see what quarterback Case Keenum can do, and he's been named the starter against the Colts even though Kubiak benched him late in the third quarter last week.

Since throwing for 822 yards with seven touchdowns and no interceptions in his first three starts, the rookie has thrown for 770 yards with two scores and four picks over his last four. His best performance, however, came when he went 20 of 34 for a career-high 350 yards with three touchdowns against the Colts.

Star wideout Andre Johnson had nine catches for 229 yards - the second-highest yardage total of his career - with three touchdowns in that meeting. The six-time Pro Bowler has 46 receptions for 722 yards and six scores in his last five games against Indianapolis.

"A win for this team would be big," Phillips said. "The team's been uptight to me. All the pressure's been on them, they've put it on themselves and rightly so. Now we just have to go play."

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