Fanteractive Game Breakdown for Indianapolis @ Houston by JimConnelly

National Football League

Indianapolis (V) vs. Houston (H)

NRG Stadium
Houston


Saturday Jan 05,2019 04:35 PM ET

Pre Game Analysis by JimConnelly

Pre Game Analysis Report

Personnel Comparison
Which Team has Advantage in
Quarterbacks
Advantage : Indianapolis  
This is a tough one, but I think you need to give the edge to Andrew Luck in this one. 
Running Backs
Advantage : Houston  
Miller and Blue are a better 1-2, but add in DeShaun Watson's running ability and it pushes the Texans over the top! 
Receivers
Advantage : Houston  
Hopkins vs Hilton will be a good head-to-head match up. But the Texans just have much more depth to give them the edge here. 
Protection
Advantage : Houston  
 
Defensive Line
Advantage : Houston  
JJ Watt & Clowney can be a scary combo - Indy cannot match up! 
Linebackers
Advantage : Even  
 
Secondary
Advantage : Houston  
Matthieu is playing well and rest of secondary is pretty solid. 
Place Kickers
Advantage : Even  
At this stage of career, Vinitieri does not have the same leg he used to, so edge to Fairbarn. But is there anyone else you want kicking in a big spot with the game on the line? 
Punting
Advantage : Indianapolis  
Sanchez might be one of the best in NFL 
Kick Returners
Advantage : Indianapolis  
 
Personnel Notes
Houston definitely has the deeper and more explosive team. But Andrew Luck makes up for a lot of deficiencies too, but probably not enough in this match up.
The X Factor?
Special teams. Houston might have the edge on both sides, but a couple of big special teams plays and this is a game!
Score Predictions
Indianapolis
 
Houston
0  
1st Quarter
7
7  
2nd Quarter
10
3  
3rd Quarter
7
7  
4th Quarter
3
17  
Final Score
27
Match Up Quality
A-  
 
Match Up Balance
B+  
 
Situational Comparison
When Visiting Team has the ball...
Visiting Team Rush Offense vs Home Team Defense
Advantage : Houston  
 
Visiting Team Pass Offense vs Home Team Defense
Advantage : Neutral  
 
Control of Line of Scrimmage
Advantage : Houston  
 
When home Team has the ball...
Home Team Rush Offense vs Visiting Team Defense
Advantage : Houston  
 
Home Team Pass Offense vs Visiting Team Defense
Advantage : Houston  
 
Control of Line of Scrimmage
Advantage : Houston  
 
Other Situations
Forcing Turnovers
Advantage : Neutral  
 
Special Teams Advantage (Overall)
Advantage : Indianapolis  
 
Statistical Predictions
Indianapolis
 
Houston
35  
Passing Attempts
26
25  
Passing Completions
18
224  
Passing Yards
167
71  
Pass Completion %
69
23  
Rushing Attempts
33
102  
Rushing Yards
167
326  
Total Yards
334
14  
First Downs
18
2  
Defensive Sacks
4
2  
Offensive Turnovers
1
7  
Offensive Penalties
5
60  
Offensive Penalty Yards
50