Andrew Luck, aside from his performance last weekend, has been one of the hottest quarterbacks in the NFL over the last month or two. How do you stifle a hot quarterback? Keep the ball out of his hands. How do you keep the ball out of his hands? A solid ground attack that chews clock and wears out the opposing defense.
With Lamar Miller’s arrival—and no, I don’t mean since he came to H-Town as a free agent; he’s gone on an historic tear recently—stopping him is enough of a handful for the Colts’ defense.
Say what you will about Alfred Blue, but he’s been very dependable this season and is on track to have his second-best year ever. The change-up between him, Miller, and Foreman should create some opportunities for big plays later in the game.
The Indy defense currently ranks 12th against the run, giving up an average of 104 yards per game.
The Texans are currently tied for second in the NFL, averaging 140 rushing yards per game.
Adding D’Onta Foreman to the mix—essentially a set of fresh legs (very powerful legs at that)—this late in the season is almost an unfair advantage.
If Houston can stick with the run game, allowing Deshaun Watson and his plethora of receiving targets to do some passing game damage when the Colts try and stuff the run, it could very well be Houston’s record-continuing tenth win in a row. That would likely mean a fifth AFC South Division crown and quite possibly the end of Andrew Luck and the Colts’ 2018 campaign.
A solid rushing attack and a stifling defense will put Sunday’s game at NRG Stadium in the win column. Of course, “any given Sunday” is so true when it comes to the Houston Texans.
What do you think? Can Bill O’Brien ram the ball down the Colts’ throat? Will it be a defensive battle? Will the Houston running back room tack on yet another record this weekend?