There are very few games on the Houston Texans’ schedule that have the meaning of the Colts games. For most of the Peyton Manning era, Houston was victimized by the Colts. In fact, Houston didn’t even win a game in Indy until 2015.
Those days are in the rear view mirror, as are the days of Andrew Luck, the replacement for Manning who retired earlier this year. Now, to overuse the cliche, there’s a new sheriff in town and his name is Deshaun Watson. That’s pronounced YEW KANT STOP HIM if you’re a Colts fan.
Historically, the Colts lead the all-time regular season series 24-8 and have won three of the last four. But that’s all in the past. It’s time to put your true believer cap on, know that Deshaun Watson > Jacoby Brissett, and just wait for the onslaught of Bill O’Brien’s chin-dimple lint to rain all over the Colts gameplan.
- Indy defeated Houston in the Wild Card Round of the 2018 NFL Playoffs by a score of 21-7
- The Colts won the last the regular season meeting 24-21.
- The Texans won the prior regular season meeting 37-34.
- Yes. that’s two consecutive games decided by a field goal. ALL HAIL THE ALL FIELD GOAL OFFENSE!
- Deshaun Watson passed for 280 yards and 1 touchdown, threw two INTs, and rushed for 42 yards and two more touchdowns last week against the Chiefs.
- Watson Has two or more passing touchdowns and a QB rating of 100 or better in four of Houston’s previous five games on the road.
- Watson has passed for 642 yards (321 per game) with three TDs, one INT, and a 101.1 rating in two career games against the Colts.
- Last week, Watson reached 7,500 career pass yards in the second fewest games in NFL history (29).
- Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett passed for 151 yards and rushed for a touchdown in Week 5.
- Brissett aims for his third game in a row at home with 250+ passing yards and two or more passing touchdowns.
- Houston running back Carlos Hyde had a season-high 116 rushing yards and a touchdown last week. It was Hyde’s first 100-yard game since he joined the Texans.
- Hyde now looks for his third game in a row with a rushing touchdown.
- Houston’s other exceptional tailback, Duke Johnson, had a touchdown catch in Week 6. That was Duke’s first touchdown since joining the Texans earlier this year.
- Johnson contributed 104 yards from scrimmage (81 receiving and 23 rushing ) and a rushing touchdown in his only career game against the Colts (9/24/17 with the Cleveland Browns).
- Colts running back Marlon Mack had 132 rush yards in Week 5. He’s has a rushing touchdown in three of his last four at home and two of his past three against AFC South opponents.
- Mack aims for his third game in a row against Houston with a rushing touchdown.
- Colts RB2 Nyheim Hines had four catches for a team-high 76 yards in Week 5. He contributed nine catches for 63 yards and a career-high two TDs in his last home meeting with the Texans.
- Houston’s All-World wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins had nine catches for 55 yards last week.
- Hopkins is looking for his tenth game in a row with five or more catches, the second-longest active streak in the NFL behind New Orleans’ Michael Thomas.
- Hopkins has 100 or more receiving yards in three of his last five road games. He’s shooting for his fourth game in row against the Colts with a TD catch.
- Houston’s speedster Will Fuller aims for his third game in a row with five or more catches. Fuller had a touchdown catch in the last Texans-Colts tilt.
- Slot receiver Keke Coutee had a career-high eleven catches for 109 yards in Houston’s last road meeting in Indy.
- Tight end Darren Fells had a career-high six catches for 69 yards last week. Fells has seen his career revitalized since joining the Texans earlier this year.
- Colts wide receiver, T.Y. “Texans Killer” Hilton has a touchdown catch in three of his last four games. Hilton is gunning for his sixth game in a row at home with five or more catches.
- Hilton caught nine passes for 199 yards in his last meeting with Houston. He has 115 or more receiving yards in four of his last five against the Texans.
- Zach Pascal wants his third game in a row versus Houston with five or more catches, 50+ receiving yards, and a TD catch.
- Chester Rogers has a TD catch in two of his last three home games. He’s trying to get three games in a row with five or more catches against Houston
- Jack Doyle has a TD catch in two of his last three home games. He scored a TD catch in his last game against Houston (12/31/17).
- Eric Ebron shoots for his third game in row against the Texans with a touchdown catch and his fourth such game in a row against division opponents.
- J.J. WATT has a sack in three of his past four games.
- Watt hungers for his third game in a row with a sack against the Colts. He notched two sacks and two forced fumbles in the last road meeting between these two teams.
- Whitney Mercilus has a sack in two of his last three on the road.
- Mercilus, the Week 2 AFC Defensive Player of the Week, is the only AFC player with five or more sacks and an interception this season.
- Mercilus has also forced five fumbles this year.
- Tashaun Gipson aims for his third game in a row with an interception.
- Texans rookie Charles Omenihu had a crucial-strip sack last week against the Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes.
- Colts linebacker Darius Leonard aims for his third game in a row against Houston with twelve or more tackles and a sack.
- Leonard leads the AFC in tackles with 181 since entering the league in 2018.
- Justin Houston had two tackles for loss and a sack in Week 5. He’s hoping for his third game in a row with a sack against the Texans.
- Denico Autry aims for his third game in a row against Houston with two or more sacks.
- George Odum had six tackles and forced his first career fumble in Week 5.
- Kenny Moore had his first sack of the season in Week 5 and also notched a sack in his last meeting with the Texans.
There you have it, a bevy of stats to keep you number-crunching all the way to kick off.
Another key piece of information: Houston has no less than five playmakers on the 2019 squad that weren’t in H-Town the last time these two teams met. While Indy got worse with the loss of Andrew Luck, Houston took a big step forward with Carlos Hyde, Kenny Stills, Duke Johnson, Darren Fells and Tashaun Gipson. Now it’s time to see if those additions can pay real dividends in the division.
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