NFL Week 15 Goes Awol: Colts @ Texans

Indianapolis @ Houston

Colts have the better quarterback in Andrew Luck, regardless of what the statistics manifest. The rookie signal caller forms an aerial attack with veteran standout Reggie Wayne and a young pass-catching core that makes plays. The defense isn’t special like their counterpart in Houston, however they’ve been clutch down the stretch to get off the field and they apply pressure off the edges.

Texans have a game manager in Matt Schaub, a game manager capable of having a breakout performance when he connects with Andre Johnson downfield. The impressive ground game sets up the playaction very well, but injuries have taken a toll on one of league’s best defenses. Wade Phillips is a great defensive coordinator, and he does force rookies into making mistakes.

Houston is at home for the first of two contests as the regular season is coming to a conclusion. They are looking to repeat as AFC South champions and have flexed their muscle up to this point, as a Super Bowl contender. The Texans certainly have the offense to overcompensate for a banged up defense, but they face a rejuvenated rival also in the playoff picture. With two of the final three games against each other, Indianapolis believes they’ll be in the playoffs, not with a wildcard spot, but winning and stealing the division.

Prediction:

Andrew Luck leads the Colts to the biggest victory in his career, 30-27, for a possible showdown in the season finale rematch. Doesn’t this rookie know he’s not supposed to go into Houston and knock them off? Going against a Wade Phillips defense and Defensive Player of the Year candidate, J.J. Watt’s house, he should struggle in defeat rather than pulling within a game for the division. Hey, when you’ve been under the microscope like this kid has been for quite some time, pulling off this upset would be impressive but shouldn’t come as a surprise! Franchise quarterbacks have that effect, right Peyton (Manning)?

Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts looks over the defense against the St. Louis Rams during a preseason NFL game at Lucas Oil Stadium on August 12, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.