The division-leading Indianapolis Colts travel to Houston, Texas, to take on J.J. Watt and the Texans on NBC’s Sunday Night Football. Coverage begins with Football Night In America at 6 pm
A high profile came like this, there’s a obviously a lot of action on it. National telecasts usually bring out a lot of wagering, as more eyeballs in the game means more football fans going to “invest.”
If you’re going to be betting on your mobile phone know that lines are all over the place. I’ve seen this game as a pick’em, I have seen the Colts as a 1 point underdog, I’ve seen the Colts as a one point favorite. I’ve seen the Colts as a three point favorite, I’ve seen the Colts as a three point underdog. The over/under for this game is 44.
The Colts and Texans have combined to win the past four AFC South titles. Sunday night’s game will be a contest between Luck, who ranks fifth in the NFL in passer rating, and the Texans’ league-leading defense.
Calling Colts Texans is Al Michaels (play-by-play), in his 28th season as the voice of the NFL’s premier primetime package, Cris Collinsworth; and Michele Tafoya.
“J.J. Watt will be fired up for this game against the Indianapolis Colts. If Houston’s going to get back into it, they’re going to have to knock off the front runner. If they do win, they’re still in it; if not, we say ‘goodbye’ to them.” – Cris Collinsworth
“If there is a next Peyton or Brady, [Andrew Luck] is a pretty good candidate.” – Cris Collinsworth, Tuesday night on NBC Sports Radio
“Both teams have question marks. For the Texans, who’s going to be your quarterback? For that second wild card spot in the AFC, it might only take eight wins, so the Texans need to get this. For the Colts, who replaces Reggie Wayne? You lost not only a great player, but a leader, and so that becomes a big question. The leadership role will be more on Andrew Luck.” – Tony Dungy
Dan Patrick co-hosts Football Night from NBC’s famed Studio 8H at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. Patrick will be joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy, two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, Peter King of Sports Illustrated, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN and NBCSports.com
Colts versus Texas could provide a high scoring affair and like the chances of Indianapolis, I think Houston has too many issues.
Prediction Colts 35, Texans 17
Paul M. Banks is the owner of The Sports Bank.net, an affiliate of Fox Sports. He’s also an analyst for multiple news talk radio stations across the world; with regular weekly segments on NBC and Fox Sports Radio. Follow him on Twitter (@paulmbanks) and RSSPowered by Sidelines Follow paulmbanks