The game is just a few hours from now. Who wins this game and takes control of the AFC South as a result?
Both the Colts and the Texans have strong enough teams where they can make the playoff. Whichever team doesn’t win the division is still a strong candidate for a wild card. But winning the division is the only sure way to make sure you get a playoff berth.
That is what’s largely on the line tonight: the division title. If the Colts win tonight, they essentially take a two game division lead with five games to play. That would make it tough for Houston to overcome. It would also put the Colts in the number three seed slot right now.
This game should be close the entire time. The last few meetings have all been one possession games, except for the playoff game last year. There’s a lot of intrigue as kickoff approaches too because we don’t know who all will play. T.Y. Hilton could suit up for the first time in a month.
If Hilton does play, that gives the Colts a big advantage. The Texans don’t play him well at all. But it should be a run first approach by Indy even if he does play. Houston is only a three-point favorite, and that’s because they are at home.
Game prediction: Texans 24 Colts 21
For some reason this game doesn’t sit well with me. I have predicted the Colts to win most of their games this season. But with the amount of injuries the Colts are still dealing with, it would be a tall order to win this on a short week on the road.
I hope I’m wrong, but this is how I feel right now. The Colts will fight hard no matter what.