The Texans tried to establish the run the entire game and the. throwing the ball downfield and blitzing to generate pressure in the second half to pull them back.
Four Colts’ red zone possessions that resulted in four touchdowns.
The Colts failed to run the ball well.
Zach Pascal loves to play the Houston Texans.
Jacoby Brisset never made a mistake.
All of this stuff doesn’t matter. It’s just stuff. Flashes of imagery. Pig-fried mayonnaise stadium. Makers of moments. That’s how we got here. But what does matter at the end of it is who wins and loses. The entirety of rational football analysis is futile and meaningless. The win-loss record. Yes, that’s the stuff. That’s all that matters.
1:41 remaining. 0 timeouts. The ball on the 36 yard line. Indianapolis Colts up 30-23. These are the moments MVP runs are made of. This is the hurdle to leap over to give the Texans a two and a half game lead in the AFC South and turn the rest of the season, from an AFC South battle, to homefield postseason advantage battlefighting.
First down. Short left pass to Jordan Akins. There he is. A Laremy Tunsil false start scrubs ten seconds off the clock. Time doesn’t exist. Deshaun Watson doesn’t live in the constraints of seconds or minutes.
Don’t you miss Jadeveon Clowney?
3rd and 9. Blitz coming. Watson evades it. Smooth and strong, he stands in the pocket, a lighthouse, impossible to move. He finds Jordan Akins in the center of the field. 1st and 10. Ball at their own 48. Another deep pass attempt. This one to Keke Coutee. The pass is high. The ball flips up and off his hands. It rattles. Darius Leonard scoops it off Coutee’s bones. Clean interception. Darius Leonard is back. The Colts are in first place in the AFC South.
The Texans play the Raiders next Sunday at 3:25 p.m. in Houston, Texas.