Thursday Night Football October 8th 2015 (Week 5)
Colts (2-2) @ Texans (1-3): Ok so the Colts have won two straight, one of those without Andrew Luck. They are probably the better team and this past week their defense looked like it woke up a bit. No Andrew Luck and a sick Matt Hassleback starting for the Colts doesn't bode well. The Texans are coming home from a game where they were absolutely slaughtered in Atlanta, they couldn’t stop the run nor the pass. This defense is supposed to be top level but it seems to have gone AWOL. I really wish I knew what was going on in Houston because I like Bill O’ Brien. I think he can turn this team around once they get a QB and their defense finally wakes up. I am going to take the Texans to win here at home against a Luckless Colts with a sick Hassleback. Texans win 21 - 17 over the Colts.
Matt Koontz (39-24)
This is a tough game for me to pick. On one hand, I still want to believe in Houston. Both Andrew Luck and Matt "I want the ball" Hasselbeck are both questionable this week. That being said, Houston is still embroiled in a quarterback mess of their own after benching Ryan Mallett again this week. Indy is the better team, and especially if Andrew Luck is back this week, they should take this game. This should be a close game (because Indy's offense is not as explosive this season as it has been in past years), but I expect Indy to ultimately win this one. Final score: Colts 28, Texans 27 (if Andrew Luck plays). Final score if Luck and Hasselbeck both miss this week: Texans 14, Colts 7. Essentially, barring something big, Colts win.
--Mike B (43-20).
Colts 26, Texans 20. -Gabe (38-25).
Houston 21 Indianapolis 14. I believe that will Hassleback starting while sick will have a major effect on the colts. They will rely on the run too much and it will be a losing battle. Foster will be back to close to a full load and t will open up the passing game as well. Hopkins will continue his dominance against a colts defense that has been porous at times.
- Jared M (27-22)