NFL Week Five Thursday Night – FootballThursday, October 8, 2015 16:00
Pick and analysis for the NFL Week 5 Thursday Night game.
NFL WEEK FIVE THURSDAY
Indianapolis Colts (2-2) @ Houston Texans (1-3) – 4.5 (41) [O]
This AFC South showdown will be an indicator on how awful the division really is and how the same ghosts of seasons past still haunt the Texans and Colts.
You can bust on Peyton Manning all you want for mediocre post-season numbers, but the superb Manning never had the running game Big Ben or even Tom Brady enjoyed.
Whatever the Colts won, or how many times they were one and done in the playoffs, only Edgerrin James was close to being a dominant back in the Manning era. Marshall Faulk had one good year.
The facts show, while in Indy, Manning made good receivers look great and won a lot of games in spite of bad defenses. You give Peyton the top five defenses Big Ben played with and he gets to at least two more Super Bowls.
In Houston, they’ve been looking for a quarterback as good as Dan Pastorini when he wore an Oiler’s helmet. The Texans continued looking after trading Matt Schaub to Da Raidas for a sixth round draft choice…
They’re still looking.
Tonight, Ryan Mallet gets the nod over former starter, Bryan Hoyer. One NFL scribe dubbed them the “disastrous duo.”
Matt Schaub was better than both of them—and if you were traded for a sixth round pick, you were not producing like a first rounder.
The Texans are still seeking a quarterback, while the Colts are hoping Matt Hassleback, replacing the injured Andrew Luck, and aging stars like former Texan, Andre Johnson, and 49er, Fran Gore, can gash a Houston defense starring J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney.
Houston fans will be hoping a healthy Arian Foster will help the Steer-Heads rumble their way back to respectability and playoff hope
With Luck on the Horseshoe’s bench and Watt still more than capable of taking over a game, we’ll take the home team giving the 4.5, Over the Total.
Texans 24 Colts 19
NFL Lines For Week 5 – 10/8 – 10/12, 2015
|Date & Time||Favorite||Line||Underdog||Total|
|10/8 8:25 ET||At Houston [O]||-4.5||Indianapolis||41|
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