The Indianapolis Colts (10-0) narrowly escaped defeat against the Houston Texans (5-5) earlier this month, something the Colts have been making a habit out of lately. The Colts won 20-17 in that game, and it could end up going down to the wire once again, especially since Peyton Manning is not 100% (glute). Manning will play though and I would still take a hurt Peyton Manning over most quarterbacks in the league. He should still put up some Manning-like numbers, but the glute will make Manning even less mobile than he was to begin with, which could cause some problems for the Colts. Houston gives up 120 rushing yards per game, so the Colts may hand the ball off more than usual. I’m not sure how effective it will be though, as the Colts have struggled to run the ball all season (only 85 yards per game) and Joseph Addai is battling a knee injury but is listed as probable.
The Colts defense hasn’t done a particularly good job stopping the run this season, but if they can shut down the Texans’ running game things wont be very easy for their quarterback Matt Schaub. They may very well have a chance since the Texans top running back Steve Slaton has a neck injury, but he is expected to play. Chris Brown will split the carries with Slaton. Schaub is capable of putting up some big yardage numbers through the air, but is very prone to throwing interceptions. He has thrown at least one pick in every game but two this year. The Colts secondary may be able to get a pick from Schaub and the turnover story could be what decides the game. Ultimately though, the Colts still have Peyton Manning and I am not going to bet against him.
FINAL SCORE PREDICTION: Indianapolis Colts 24, Houston Texans 17