NFL Game Previews: Wild Card Matchups
NFL Game Previews: Wild Card Matchups

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Indianapolis (+1.5) at Houston, 49.0 o/u – Saturday, 4:35 p.m. EST

The Story: The recent history of this rivalry is ridiculously tight, which makes this being only divisional rematch in the wild card round all the more exciting. The Colts have won three of the last four meetings, but the last time one of these teams blew out the other came in 2013 (a 25-3 Colts win in which Case Keenum started at QB for the Texans, and Trent Richardson was Indy's leading rusher. In other words, an eternity ago), so there's little reason no to expect another close contest. Actually, there's more been continuity on the rosters over the last five years than you might think. Andrew Luck and T.Y. Hilton hooked up eight times in that game, while DeAndre Hopkins, J.J. Watt and both Houston starting CBs (Johnathan Joseph and Kareem Jackson) were in the lineup on the other side. The passing games are likely where this one will be won or lost – the Texans ranked first in YPC allowed and third in rushing yards per game allowed this season, while the Colts were sixth and eighth in those categories. That was apparent in their last clash in Week 14, when both Lamar Miller and Marlon Mack somehow put up identical 14-33-1 lines on the ground. Indy won that one, 24-21, in Houston, with Luck tossing 399 yards (his second-highest total of the year – his highest came in the first meeting with

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Erik Siegrist
Erik Siegrist is an FSWA award-winning columnist who covers all four major North American sports (that means the NHL, not NASCAR) and whose beat extends back to the days when the Nationals were the Expos and the Thunder were the Sonics. He was the inaugural champion of Rotowire's Staff Keeper baseball league. His work has also appeared at Baseball Prospectus.
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