NFL picks and predictions Week 17: Texans vs. Colts

Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE

The Houston Texans need a road win in Indianapolis on Sunday to help secure the top seed in the AFC. Do the experts think they can get it?

The Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts will meet on Sunday in a battle AFC playoff teams. While the Colts will retain the No. 5 seed in the conference regardless of the game's outcome, Houston will be playing for the AFC's top seed.

Both teams have struggled of late, with Houston suffering recent blowout losses to the New England Patriots and Minnesota Vikings and Indianapolis needing a late touchdown to escape the woeful Kansas City Chiefs. Still, Houston can clinch home field advantage throughout the playoffs with a win. That may be of less importance to the Texans than it would for other teams, though, as Houston enters Week 17 with a 6-1 road record.

If expert picks are any indication, Houston will, in fact, garner that coveted top seed. Seven of CBS Sports' eight analysts picked the Texans to roll into Lucas Oil Stadium and defeat the Colts, who are 6-1 at home in 2012. Five of USA Today's eight football writers who made picks think the Texans will pull out the road victory, as well. Yahoo! Sports' experts are letting out a slightly different vibe, as the two who have submitted their picks are going with the Colts.

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