Throw the ball against the Houston Texans.
I’m exasperated and wheezing as my tongue seizes up in my stomach from saying the same thing so many times in so many different ways. Well, here it is, like it was here the last month of the season.
The Colts scored touchdowns on three of their first four drives; a red zone interception was the only thing that prevented them from going four for four. Shareece Wright was beat by a double move for a score. Eric Ebron caught another touchdown. No one could cover T.Y. Hilton in the first half. Surprisingly, Indy ran the ball surprisingly well as well.
While all this was going on, the Texans took some deep shots; neither landed. They tried to run the ball; it didn’t work. Houston oscillated from ineffective runs on second and ten to third down dump-offs.
Deshaun Watson needed to be spectacular for the Texans to win today. He wasn’t. He missed a touchdown throw on fourth down to end the half, and he missed open throws throughout this game. The best part of Houston’s passing offense was Watson scrambling when nothing else was open.
Things did get a little interesting in the second half. Watson led a touchdown drive, mainly by running, and he hit on a few crossing routes. The Colts sat back and ran the ball to keep the clock running, and the Texans finally got a pass rush on third down. The Colts’ defense sat back, and Watson moved the ball on check downs, curls, and scrambles. 21-14 would have been a damn ball game. It never arrived. Failure on fourth and ten ended it.
With the secondary Houston has, they needed the offense to score 27 points or so to beat the Colts. The Texans’ offense scored seven points today, and they lost because of that. Maybe they should have tried to score points in the middle part of the season to be better prepared for games like this, but hey, that’s just me.
This is usually part where I say the Texans play someone next week at a certain time, but that’s not happening this week. The lights are off. The season is over. It’s time to just be football fans. We’ll be back later to talk about the upcoming offseason.