Houston Texans @ Indianapolis Colts Thurs. Dec. 22, 2011 8:20 p.m. EST
The Houston Texans have had their best season in franchise history with two milestones being set with a playoff berth and an AFC South division title. With two team firsts out of the way, the Texans will concentrate on the upcoming postseason and possibly resting their starters for the last two games of the NFL regular season.
Even though the Houston Texans are coming off a disappointing loss to the Carolina Panthers (28-13), T.J. Yates and company could quickly bounce back in Week 16 as they are set to go on the road to face off against arguably the worst team in the league in the one-win Indianapolis Colts. The Colts are coming off their first win of the season against the division rival Tennessee Titans, but they will almost certainly struggle against a very talented Texans squad at home.
The only chance I see the Indianapolis Colts coming out on top in this AFC South division showdown is if the Houston Texans rest their starters. Pro Bowl wide receiver Andre Johnson has already been listed as out for this game with that nagging hamstring injury and head coach Gary Kubiak might decide to rest rookie quarterback T.J. Yates in favor of Jake Delhomme and or Jeff Garcia.
With the chances of the Texans resting their best players due to wrapping up the division title and a playoff spot, I believe the Colts do stand a chance of at least making this game competitive.
My Pick: Take the Colts +7