Colts vs. Texans: Week 2 Betting Preview & Predictions

by | 15 September 2023

The 0-1-0 Houston Texans host the 0-1-0 Indianapolis Colts at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. The Houston Texans have a point spread of -1 with a money line of -117. The over/under total on the game is currently set at 39½ points.

&The Houston Texans are coached by DeMeco Ryans who has been with the team since 2023. They have a current season record of 0-1-0 after going 3-13-1 last season. All coaches want big games from their defense andDeMeco Ryans is no different.

The Houston Texans are coached by DeMeco Ryans who has been with the team since 2023. They have a current season record of 0-1-0 after going 3-13-1 last season. All coaches want big games from their defense andDeMeco Ryans is no different.

C.J. Stroud is the quarterback for the Houston Texans. The 22-year-old Ohio State alum entered the league in 2023 and is looking for a win in front of the home crowd here. Thus far this season he has started 1 games and throw for 242 yards with a completion percentage of 63.6 percent. C.J. Stroud has thrown 0 touchdowns against 0 interceptions and has a QB Rating of 78.

His main target will be Nico Collins. The home crowd would love to see some fireworks from the 24-year-old target. He has made 6 receptions to date on 11 targets, a catch percentage of 0.545, for a total of 80 yards. Nico Collins is averaging 13.3 yards per catch with 0 touchdowns thus far. C.J. Stroud will be looking to connect with him for more here.

The Houston Texans running game is lead by the 23-year-old Dameon Pierce. A big game from him could be the key to controlling the clock here. He’s taken 11 carries and rushed for 38 yards thus far this season. His yards per game currently sits at 38 yards per game, a number that you know DeMeco Ryans would love to see him exceed in this game. Dameon Pierce has 0 touchdowns this season and 0 fumbles.

Their kicker is Ka’imi Fairbairn who has made 3 of 3 field goals this season, a 1 field goal percentage, with a long of 38 yards. The Houston Texans fans don’t want to see him too much, but it’s good to know he can hit one if needed.

Overall, the Houston Texans offense ranks 27 out of 32 teams in Offense DVOA at -0.273026819339269, per FootballOutsiders. This season they have a Red Zone success rate of 0 with 0 Red Zone touchdowns in 2 attempts.

On the defensive end, the Houston Texans have a Defense DVOA of 0.0570018384130523, ranking 20 in the league.

The Indianapolis Colts are on the road for this one. Shane Steichen’s squad is 0-1-0 this season after going 4-12-1 last year. He has been at the helm since 2023 and is looking to grab a road win here. The Indianapolis Colts have a betting line of -1 or you could bet them straight up at -117.

21-year-old Anthony Richardson will be under center for this one. He entered the league in 2023 after playing his college days at Florida. Anthony Richardson has a quarterback rating of 79 on 1 touchdowns and 1 interceptions. He’s started 1 games and thrown for 223, a completion percentage of 64.9.

The Indianapolis Colts will look to get the running game going in this match-up and to do that they’ll need a big game from Deon Jackson. The 24-year-old back has rushed for 0 touchdowns thus far this season and he’ll look to take it to the house again against the Houston Texans. He’s taken the hand-off 13 times and added 14 yards for the offense. Deon Jackson is averaging 14 yards per game for the season and has lost the ball 2 times. A turnover on the road could be seen as unacceptable for Shane Steichen so he’ll need to protect the ball here.

On the passing front, Anthony Richardson will look to target Michael Pittman Jr. against the Shane Steichen defense. Michael Pittman Jr. has 1 touchdowns thus far this season and his team will be looking for more here. On the year, he’s been targeted 11 times and made 8 catches for 97 yards. Michael Pittman Jr. has a catch percentage of 0.727 and his yards per reception is 12.1.

The team will be looking for touchdowns, but they have Matt Gay to knock down field goals if needed. His season long is a yarder which is always helpful on the road. Matt Gay has made field goals on attempts, a field goal percentage of .

According to FootballOutsiders, the Indianapolis Colts offense has a Defense-adjusted Value Over Average of -0.224804931150908 which ranks at number 26 out of thirty two teams. If they hope to win on the road, they’ll need to do well in the Red Zone. For the year, they have scored 1 Red Zone touchdowns on 3 attempts, a Red Zone percentage of 0.333.

Key Match-ups:

  • C.J. Stroud QB Rating of 78 vs. Indianapolis Colts Defensive Passing YPG of 237
    Indianapolis Colts have 10 interceptions this year and 2 sacks. They are allowing 25.1176470588235 points per game.
  • Dameon Pierce vs. Indianapolis Colts number 19 ranked DVOA Defense
    Opponents are averaging 4.1 yards per carry against Indianapolis Colts and 124.058823529412 per game.
  • Anthony Richardson QB Rating of 79 vs. Houston Texans Pass Defense
  • The Houston Texans defense has allowed 24.7058823529412 points per game thus far this season. They have sacked the quarterback 4 times and picked him off 16 times.
  • Deon Jackson vs. Houston Texans Defense
    Houston Texans is giving up 170.235294117647 yards per game on 5.1 per carry thus far this season.