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Houston Texans open as very slight underdogs at home against Colts in Week 18

Every underdog has his day.

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One more win.
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There is one week left in the regular season. One week left to win to punch the Houston Texans’ ticket to the playoffs for the first time since 2019. One more chance to show the world why the Texans deserve to get the early Saturday playoff spot.

But that’s not what this post is about.

As of right now, the schedule has not been released for Week 18 so we don’t even know when the Texans are playing. But when they do, they’ll be an underdog on the road against the Indianapolis Colts.

Despite not knowing when they’ll be playing, we know how the folks at DraftKings feel about the Texans’ chances to win on Sunday (or Saturday, or Monday, you know, whenever).

They’re not bullish on it.

Let’s take a look at what the pencil-pushers at DK have to say about the Texans’ chances in Week 18.

A one point underdog is little better than a pick’em. It only accounts for home field advantage, so this is a pretty even matchup in Vegas’ eyes.

Opening Odds for Week 18


FAVORED: Indianapolis Colts (-1)

UNDERDOG: Houston Texans (+1)

Note: For those of you who aren’t aware of the meaning, the points are a handicap system. So in this case, imagine the game and before the kickoff even happens, someone has spotted the Texans one point.

So basically a point line, in this case, is giving the Texans a 1-0 head start. And the Colts have to win by at least two points to beat the spread. If the Texans win the game, the Texans win the bet, since it’s a one point difference. If the Colts win by one point, the bet would be considered a push (or a tie).

Over/Under: 47

Note: This one is pretty straightforward. You decide whether you think the total combined score will be more or less than 47 points.


Indianapolis Colts (-118)
Houston Texans (-102)

Note: This one is a little more complicated. Since both teams have a negative moneyline, you would need to bet $118 to win $218 on a Colts ML bet (the original $118 wager and $100 for the win) and you’d have to bet $102 to win $202 on a Texans ML bet (the original $102 and $100 for the win).

For entertainment purposes only. Please do not take financial advice from a football blog.

Happy New Year!

Go Texans.