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Colts v. Texans: Andre Johnson's Return & Other Story Lines To Watch For

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The Houston Texans kick off Week 5 by hosting the Indianapolis Colts. Here's your viewing guide.

It wasn't supposed to be this way...
It wasn't supposed to be this way...
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The Houston Texans are 1-3 and have looked quite terrible while doing so. They could very well be 0-4 if not for drawing an equally terrible Tampa Bay squad in Week 3. Despite that poor start, the Texans still have a chance to salvage their season with their first divisional game of the year tonight. A win against the Colts would put them at 2-3 and in contention for first place in the less-than-competitive AFC South.

Here's what I'll be looking for this week...

5. Show us something, Bill O'Brien

You've talked about needing to "coach better" all year.  We agree with you. You brought in these quarterbacks, coached them up and defended them to the media. Make us believe you know what you're doing!

4. Arian Foster vs. the Colts

Call him the Colt Killer. In eight career games against the Indianapolis Colts, Foster has averaged 120 yards and a score. Can the duct tape holding his groin muscles together hold up long enough for the Texans to get a win?

3. The secondary vs T.Y Hilton and Donte Moncrief

Andrew Luck has been abysmal, and Matt Hasselbeck probably can't throw very far, but T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief can still hurt the Texans over the top and underneath. Hilton alone burned the Texans for 13 catches and 273 yards in 2014.

2. The crowd's reaction to Andre Johnson

Will it be a boo-fest every time he hits the field? Or will there be some respectful applause for the team's longtime franchise player?

He's been making comments here and there, venting his frustration about Houston's quarterback situation and front office, drawing the ire of a once loving fan base. He's performed abysmally through four games with the Colts, but you better believe Andre Johnson is going to get some targets tonight. What he does with those targets remains to be seen.

1. Don't underestimate the Luck-less Colts

Yes, Andrew Luck has been ruled out with a shoulder injury, but the Houston Texans have historically been a special kind of bad against the Colts. Even in 2011 with the Texans fielding its best defensive roster ever, and the Colts trotting out Dan Orlovsky at quarterback, and playoff positioning on the line... they found a way to lose to the Colts.

No game is a gimme for the Texans, especially against the Colts.

That's what I'll be watching for, bleach in hand. How about you, Texans fans? Sound off down below.

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