- Jonathan Taylor is leading the NFL in total yards as well as yards per rush.
- Taylor’s O/U for rushing yards against the Houston Texans is 105.5 with odds shading toward the over.
- In his previous game against Houston, Taylor rushed for 145 yards.
INDIANAPOLIS - The Indianapolis Colts visit Houston to take on the Houston Texans in a game that pits the NFL’s leading rusher, Jonathan Taylor, with one of the worst rush defenses in the NFL.
The Houston Texans defense is giving up the second-most rushing yards per game in the entire NFL, at 135.6. Taylor, meanwhile, has rushed for 1205 yards this season, an average of 100.4 yards per game.
Perhaps because of how bad Houston’s defense has been, Taylor’s O/U line for rush yards is a bit above his season average.
Jonathan Taylor Rushing Yards O/U
- Over 105.5 -115
- Under 105.5 -112
Taylor has only gone over 105.5 rushing yards five times this season - although “only” hardly seems like the proper word to describe such incredible performances. Still, NFL betting fans should recognize that Taylor has more games under 105.5 rushing yards than he does over 105.5 rushing yards.
The uniqueness of Taylor’s game is such that he’s managed to do this while only going over 20 rushing attempts twice.
Taylor is leading the league in yards per attempt as well as total yards, with 5.8 rush yards per attempt in his 12 games so far.
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The Houston defense is giving up the fourth most rushing attempts in the NFL this year, with opposing teams averaging 30.1 rushes against them - potentially because they fall behind so reliably, which allows opposing teams to kill the clock with rushing.
Jonathan Taylor Receiving Yards O/U
- Over 16.5 -119
- Under 16.5 -109
Taylor has been a threat in the pass game as well, as he is the kind of player who can take a dump-off 50 yards to the house. However, his production has been fitful - he’s only gone over 16.5 receiving yards five times this season, despite averaging 28 yards per game.
His average is boosted by a game against the Baltimore Ravens in which he racked up 113 receiving yards - outside of that game, his highest total is 60. Last time Taylor matched up against the Houston defense, he put up 145 yards on the ground and 13 yards in the air.
Sports betting fans must ask themselves if he can better those numbers this time around.
The Indianapolis Colts take on the Houston Texans at 1 p.m. EST on Sunday. The game will be broadcast on CBS and NFL Network.
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