Thursday Night Football Schedule 2019: Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston Texans, TV Channel, Live Stream, Odds

An all-AFC South rivalry kicks off Week 12 of the NFL regular season, with the Houston Texans hosting the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday Night Football in a matchup with crucial implications for the playoffs picture.

Both teams arrive into the game with a 6-4 record, but the Colts hold the tiebreaker over the Texans by virtue of defeating their divisional rivals 30-23 in Indianapolis in Week 7.

The AFC South scenario changed radically last week, with the Colts defeating Jacksonville Jaguars 33-13, while the Texans were on the receiving end of a 41-7 hammering at the hands of Lamar Jackson and the Ravens in Baltimore.

That propelled Indianapolis up from eighth to fourth in the AFC standings, while Houston slipped into the wildcard spots—which it holds because of its win over the Oakland Raiders in Week 8.

According to FiveThirtyEight's statistical projections, the Texans remain the favorite to win finish top of the AFC South, despite the fact the Colts are 3-0 against divisional rivals this season.

Houston has a 71 percent chance to win the division to Indianapolis' 54 percent probability—and both figures could look drastically different come Friday morning.

Still reeling from the shellacking they suffered in Baltimore, the Texans must find a way to stop Indianapolis' running game. Houston's defense was torched for 491 yards on Sunday, 263 of which came on the ground.

The Colts, meanwhile, rushed for 264 yards—the best team performance since they rushed for 275 yards against Chicago in November 2004—and rank fourth in the league in rushing yards.

Those numbers, however, could dip significantly in Houston as the Colts will be without Marlon Mack, who rushed for 109 yards and a touchdown against the Jaguars, before fracturing his right hand in the third quarter.

Colts coach Frank Reich said on Monday Mack had undergone surgery, but a timetable for his return had not been set and he expected the running back to be out for a few games.

Without the 23-year-old, the Colts are expected to lean heavily on Jonathan Williams, who racked up 116 rushing yards against Jacksonville.

The Texans, meanwhile, will be hoping Deshaun Watson can put a nightmare game in Baltimore behind him as swiftly as possible. The former Clemson star finished 18 of 29 for one interception and no touchdowns against the Ravens with a starting passer rating of 63.8—the third-worst of his career.

Fortunately for Houston, a game under the lights could be exactly what Watson needs to set the record straight. The 24-year-old has 19 touchdowns and just two interceptions for a 121 rating in six primetime games in his career and Texans coach Bill O'Brien backed his star man to prove his worth on Thursday night.

"He [Watson] really has a good memory bank so he can understand what happens. He's not a repeat error, he doesn't make the same mistakes twice," he told reporters on Tuesday, as per USA Today.

"But he still is seeing things that are new. I think he does a great job in working hard to correct things."

Here's all you need to know ahead of Thursday.

Kenny Stills, Houston Texans
Kenny Stills #12 of the Houston Texans runs the ball during the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 20 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Michael Hickey/Getty

When and where is the game?

The Houston Texas host the Indianapolis Colts at FirstEnergy Stadium in Houston, Texas, on Thursday, November 21.

Kick-off is scheduled for 8:20 p.m. ET.

TV coverage

The game will be nationally broadcast by the NFL Network, FOX Sports and Amazon Prime Video.

Live stream

A live stream will be available via NFL Network online and on connected devices, as well as Amazon Prime Video and FOX Sports' digital platforms.

Form

Both teams arrive into Week 12 with a 6-4 record but in vastly contrasting moods. The Texans were on the receiving end of a 41-7 shellacking at the hands of the Houston Texans in Week 11, while the Colts defeated divisional rivals Jacksonville Jaguars 33-13 at home.

Series record

The Colts have the edge in the all-time series, with 27 wins to the Texans' eight, and have won the last two meetings against Houston.

Odds

According to Oddschecker, the Texans are four-point favorite and are 19/20 to cover the spread, while the Colts are 17/10 underdog.

The over/under line in terms of total points scored is set at 46.5.

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