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The Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans know each other quite well, which can make any matchup between the two teams both exciting and unpredictable. That's great for the average football fan, but tough on any bettor looking to cash in on the outcome of the game. However, while nothing is ever a slam dunk bet, there are a few props bets for this game that can win you a good chunk of change.
Here are five of the best prop bets, available on FanDuel Sportsbook, for Saturday's AFC Wild Card showdown.
5. Final Total Points: Odd (-130)
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A prop like this literally a coin flip, but the Colts and Texans have had a penchant for odd-numbered point totals since Andrew Luck's first start against Houston. So far, the Colts and Texans have finished with an odd-numbered total in nine of the 14 games they've played against one another in the Luck era. Also, five of the seven games these two have played in Houston have ended with an odd amount of points as well.
4. Eric Ebron: 1st Half Anytime Touchdown Scorer (+320)
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Judging by his 13 scores this year, Eric Ebron has clearly been Luck's favorite red-zone target, and based on his splits, you have to like his chances of scoring early in the game. More than half of Ebron's touchdowns this season (7) have come in the first two quarters of play, including one against the Texans. It's always hard to predict, but if the Colts find themselves in the red zone in the early going, it's more likely than not that Luck will look Ebron's way.
3. Any Time Touchdown Scorer: DeAndre Hopkins (-150)
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This one isn't exactly a tough sell when you look at DeAndre Hopkins' body of work this season. The six-year veteran saw the third most red-zone targets in the NFL this season (26) and 14 more than any other player on his team. It's also worth noting that Hopkins has scored at least one touchdown in his last four games against the Colts. Add it all up and you really have to like his chances of finding the end zone on Saturday afternoon.
2. Winning Margin: Colts Win by 1 to 6 Points (+380)
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Taking the road team in an upset is always a risky bet, but Luck thrives playing in Houston. The Colts' signal-caller owns a 5-2 career record against the Texans on their home turf, including victories in his last three games in Houston. Clearly, the Colts have a good chance to win with Luck under center, but it won't be by much. Just three of the last 10 meetings between these two teams have been decided by more than six points.
1. Spread / Total Points Parlay: Indianapolis Colts (+2.5) & Under (47.5) Points (+280)
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I've already mentioned Luck's success in Houston and that these AFC South rivals more often than not keep their meeting's close. However, there's a bit more to it. Of those 10 meetings I mentioned above, the smallest margin of victory has never been less than a field goal and these two teams have hit the projected under in seven of those matchups. Sure, there's plenty of risk involved here, but it could pay off in a big way if history is any indication of the future.
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