Through 3 Quarters

The Indianapolis Colts are just one quarter away from delivering their fans the win they've been expecting all week. Either team is in a position to win, but they lead against the Houston Texans 24-20.

Indianapolis has been relying on QB Philip Rivers, who has passed for two TDs and 262 yards on 31 attempts, and WR T.Y. Hilton, who has caught eight passes for one TD and 110 yards. This receiving effort made it the first game that Hilton has posted more than 100 yards receiving.

No one has had a standout game offensively for Houston, but QB Deshaun Watson has led the way with one touchdown. Watson has been efficient, with a passer rating of 134.50.

Here's an interesting fact: the Colts also had a four-point lead after the third quarter in the teams' last meeting.

Who's Playing

Indianapolis @ Houston

Current Records: Indianapolis 7-4; Houston 4-7

What to Know

After a two-game homestand, the Indianapolis Colts will be on the road. Indianapolis and the Houston Texans will face off in an AFC South battle at 1 p.m. ET Sunday at NRG Stadium. The teams split their matchups last year, with the Colts winning the first 30-23 at home and Houston taking the second 20-17.

Indianapolis received a tough blow last week as they fell 45-26 to the Tennessee Titans. Indianapolis was down 38-14 at the end of the third quarter, which was just too much to recover from. No one had a standout game offensively for Indianapolis, but they got scores from QB Philip Rivers, WR T.Y. Hilton, and TE Trey Burton. Rivers ended up with a passer rating of 127.10.

As for the Texans, they can't say they have nothing to be thankful for this Thanksgiving week. They took down the Detroit Lions 41-25 last Thursday. It was another big night for Houston's QB Deshaun Watson, who passed for four TDs and 318 yards on 25 attempts.

Houston's defense was a presence as well, as it got past Detroit's offensive line to sack QB Matthew Stafford four times for a total loss of 16 yards. Leading the way was LB Nate Hall and his two sacks. Those were the first sacks for Hall this season.

This next contest is expected to be close, with Indianapolis going off at just a 3-point favorite. Those playing the odds have seen things go back and forth with Indianapolis, who are 6-5 against the spread.

The Colts are now 7-4 while the Texans sit at a mirror-image 4-7. A couple defensive stats to keep an eye on: Indianapolis comes into the matchup boasting the fourth fewest passing touchdowns allowed in the NFL at 15. Less enviably, Houston is stumbling into the game with the second most rushing yards allowed per game in the league, having given up 154.7 on average.

How To Watch

  • When: Sunday at 1 p.m. ET
  • Where: NRG Stadium -- Houston, Texas
  • TV: CBS
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
  • Ticket Cost: $51.04


The Colts are a 3-point favorite against the Texans, according to the latest NFL odds.

The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Colts as a 2.5-point favorite.

Over/Under: -110

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Series History

Indianapolis have won six out of their last 11 games against Houston.

  • Nov 21, 2019 - Houston 20 vs. Indianapolis 17
  • Oct 20, 2019 - Indianapolis 30 vs. Houston 23
  • Jan 05, 2019 - Indianapolis 21 vs. Houston 7
  • Dec 09, 2018 - Indianapolis 24 vs. Houston 21
  • Sep 30, 2018 - Houston 37 vs. Indianapolis 34
  • Dec 31, 2017 - Indianapolis 22 vs. Houston 13
  • Nov 05, 2017 - Indianapolis 20 vs. Houston 14
  • Dec 11, 2016 - Houston 22 vs. Indianapolis 17
  • Oct 16, 2016 - Houston 26 vs. Indianapolis 23
  • Dec 20, 2015 - Houston 16 vs. Indianapolis 10
  • Oct 08, 2015 - Indianapolis 27 vs. Houston 20

Top Projected Fantasy Players

  • Deshaun Watson: 23.05 points
  • Brandin Cooks: 9.61 points
  • Jonathan Taylor: 8.8 points