Peyton Manning's neck surgery and Arian Foster's hamstring issues have thrown the Colts-Texans tilt into chaos, but no Manning means Vegas loves the Texans to win, and win big.
With Peyton Manning's neck injury putting the beginning of the Colts' season in jeopardy, oddsmakers aren't really sure what to make of their first week matchup with the Texans, who many experts predict will win the AFC South now that the Colts seem vulnerable.
On OddsShark, the Texans are nine-point favorites after opening at just two points over. Manning's injury has turned the Colts into one of the bigger dogs of the week.
Still, even with
Reese Bobby Kerry Collins at the helm, this will be an offensive battle for both squads, as the defenses are known for being, let's say, bad.
The Texans might have the most dangerous offense in the NFL with Arian Foster, who is a gametime decision at last glance. Regardless, they have Matt Schaub, Andre Johnson, Owen Daniels and a slew of experienced receivers. The Colts have Joseph Addai, Dallas Clark, Reggie Wayne, Austin Collie and Pierre Garçon, so they still have plenty of firepower.
Add all that up, and you can see why the over/under for total points falls between 43 and 47 points, depending on the oddsmaker.