[1:00 PM] Texans @ Colts

Who will WIN this matchup?

Houston Texans (6-6)

@ Indianapolis Colts (6-6)


It’s a three-team battle for the AFC North, with the Houston Texans, Tennessee Titans and Indianapolis Colts all tied for the top spot at 6-6. The Texans, who already own one win over the Titans, can clinch the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Colts when they host the showdown on Sunday. Houston might be playing the worst football of the three teams at the moment, enduring a three-game losing streak due in large part to its lackluster offense.

Indianapolis’ offense is back to operating in high gear with Andrew Luck out of the league’s concussion protocol and is coming off a season-best 41-10 shellacking of the New York Jets on Monday.

Osweiler is 31st in the NFL among 32 qualified quarterbacks with a 74.2 rating and is last in yards per attempt at 5.77, but coach Bill O’Brien put the team’s struggles on himself after a 21-13 loss at Green Bay last week. Houston’s defense has carried the team most of the season but is starting to spring leaks with defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (wrist/elbow) and cornerback Johnathan Joseph (ribs) sitting out practice this week.

Luck and the offense could be asked to do even more down the stretch with the defense losing middle linebacker D’Qwell Jackson to a four-game suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs. Jackson, who is the signal-caller on defense and has recorded 78 tackles and a sack this season, is not eligible to return to the team until the day after the end of the regular season.

Osweiler threw for 269 yards and two TDs in a 26-23 overtime home win over Indianapolis in Week 6.


StreakSmarts Pick: Indianapolis Colts

Confidence: 5/10

StreakSmarter Pick