Houston at Indianapolis
Time: 1 p.m., CBS Line: Texans by 7.
Records: Texans 12-3 (9-6 vs. spread), Colts 10-5 (10-5 vs. spread).
Comments: Texans beat Colts, 29-17, Dec. 16 . . . A welcome return for Colts coach Chuck Pagano, who spent the last three months battling leukemia . . . Indianapolis has won five straight at home . . . Since the start of 2010, Texans’ Arian Foster leads NFL in rushing yards (4,168) and rushing TDs (40) . . . Houston’s J.J. Watt needs 2½ sacks to break Michael Strahan’s season record (22½) . . . Player to watch: Colts rookie QB Andrew Luck has seven game-winning drives in fourth quarter or OT.
Key injuries: TEXANS: OUT: CB Alan Ball (foot). QUESTIONABLE: S Shiloh Keo (ankle), LB Brooks Reed (groin). PROBABLE: LB Connor Barwin (back, elbow), RB Tyler Clutts (abdomen), NT Shaun Cody (back), DE Jared Crick (neck), TE Owen Daniels (hamstring, neck), LB Tim Dobbins (shoulder), RB Justin Forsett (knee), RB Arian Foster (arrhythmia), CB Johnathan Joseph (groin, quadriceps), T Derek Newton (knee), S Eddie Pleasant (hamstring), S Glover Quin (hip), LB Darryl Sharpton (toe), DE Antonio Smith (ankle), G Wade Smith (knee, ribs), RB Ben Tate (hamstring), DE J.J. Watt (chest), QB T.J. Yates (right elbow). COLTS: OUT: RB Delone Carter (ankle), NT Antonio Johnson (ankle), DE Cory Redding (quadriceps), C Samson Satele (ankle). QUESTIONABLE: WR Donnie Avery (shoulder), LB Kavell Conner (hamstring), T Winston Justice (shoulder), C A.Q. Shipley (knee), CB Teddy Williams (knee), S Tom Zbikowski (knee).
Green Bay at Minnesota
Time: 1 p.m. Line: Packers by 3½.
Records: Packers 11-4 (9-6 vs. spread), Vikings 9-6 (7-7-1 vs. spread).
Comments: Packers beat Vikings, 23-14, Dec. 2 . . . Since entering the NFL in 2004 with KC, Minnesota’s Jared Allen has an NFL-high 115 sacks . . . Vikings’ Adrian Peterson is 102 rushing yards shy of 2,000. His six 150-yard games this season trail only Earl Campbell (all hail), who had seven in 1980 . . . Player to watch: Green Bay’s Randall Cobb (964 kick-return yards, 954 receiving yards) aims to become first NFLer with 1,000 in both categories.
Key njuries: PACKERS: OUT: RB James Starks (knee), S Charles Woodson (collarbone). DOUBTFUL: CB Davon House (shoulder, hip). QUESTIONABLE: WR Randall Cobb (ankle, knee). PROBABLE: TE Tom Crabtree (hamstring), K Mason Crosby (illness), C Evan Dietrich-Smith (knee), RB Alex Green (concussion), WR Jordy Nelson (hamstring), C Jeff Saturday (neck, shoulder), G Josh Sitton (concussion), DE C.J. Wilson (knee), DE Jerel Worthy (hamstring). VIKINGS: QUESTIONABLE: DE Brian Robison (shoulder), CB Antoine Winfield (knee, hand).
Kansas City at Denver
Time: 4:25 p.m. Line: Broncos by 16.
Records: Chiefs 2-13 (5-10 vs. spread), Broncos 12-3 (9-5-1 vs. spread).
Comments: Broncos beat Chiefs, 17-9, Nov. 25 and have won an NFL-high 10 straight . . . Denver QB Peyton Manning is 346 passing yards shy of setting a career high (4,700 in 2010) . . . Jamaal Charles is 44 rushing yards shy of becoming third Chief with a 1,500-yard season, joining Larry Johnson and Priest Holmes . . . Player to watch: Chiefs RB Peyton Hillis had his first 100-yard rushing game of the season last week.
Key njuries: CHIEFS: OUT: WR Terrance Copper (knee). DOUBTFUL: DE Tyson Jackson (foot). QUESTIONABLE: T Branden Albert (back), WR Josh Bellamy (ankle), S Abram Elam (quadriceps), LB Tamba Hali (illness), S Kendrick Lewis (illness), WR Dexter McCluster (illness), TE Tony Moeaki (head). PROBABLE: G Jon Asamoah (thumb), S Eric Berry (hand), RB Jamaal Charles (illness), LB Cory Greenwood (illness), G Russ Hochstein (back), G Ryan Lilja (back), G Rich Ranglin (knee), T Donald Stephenson (illness). BRONCOS: OUT: CB Tracy Porter (concussion). DOUBTFUL: WR Trindon Holliday (ankle). QUESTIONABLE: G Chris Kuper (ankle, head).
Dallas at Washington
Time: 8:20 p.m., NBC Line: Redskins by 3.
Records: Cowboys 8-7 (6-9 vs. spread), Redskins 9-6 (10-5 vs. spread).
Comments: Redskins beat Cowboys, 38-31, on Thanksgiving . . . Dallas QB Tony Romo needs 315 passing yards to reach 5,000 . . . Washington rookie QB Robert Griffin III threw for 304 yards and 4 TDs in win over Cowboys . . . Redskins veteran LB London Fletcher has an interception in four of last five games . . . Cowboys LB Anthony Spencer has 6½ sacks in his last six games . . . . . . Washington’s Alfred Morris is league’s top rookie rusher with 1,413 yards . . . Player to watch: Dallas WR Dez Bryant (bad thumb and all) has 46 catches for 808 yards and 10 TDs in his last seven games. Continued...