This weekend, your Houston Texans get their first shot at the Indianapolis Colts this season. With the suspensions of Will Fuller V and Bradley Roby, opportunities abound for other players to step up and get the job done. Guys like Kahale Warring, Isaiah Coulter, John Reid, and Keke Coutee will get their chance to prove they belong on an NFL gridiron. Reid especially has all the opportunity you could ever ask for:
Without top corner Bradley Roby, suspended six games for a PED violation the Texans are down to Vernon Hargreaves and Phillip Gaines as their top two corners. They will likely have to consider whether to shift safety Lonnie Johnson Jr back to corner. https://t.co/2kSy99z8sv— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) December 1, 2020
Not sure if it’s possible for a dead last ranked passing defense to get worse, but this sure seems like a recipe for that to happen. Thankfully, the Colts are only the 10th best passing team... only... for now... And, with that, let’s dive in:
- The Colts lead the all-time series 27-9, while the Texans won the last matchup, 20-17.
- Houston scored a season high 41 points last week against the Detroit Lions.
- Indy gave up a season high 45 points to the Tennessee Titans.
- Romeo Crennel is 0-3 versus the Colts.
- Frank Reich is 2-2 versus the Texans.
- The Texans are averaging 24.4 points per game on offense.
- The Colts are averaging 27.5 points per game on offense.
- Houston is giving up 27.0 points per game on defense.
- Indy is giving up 23.0 points per game on defense.
- The Texans are gaining 361.2 yards per game offensively.
- The Colts are gaining 370.0 yards per game offensively.
- Deshaun Watson has 250 completions on 363 passing attempts for 3,201 yards, 24 touchdowns, 5 interceptions, and a passer rating of 112.6.
- Philip Rivers has 263 completions on 391 passing attempts for 2978yards, 16 touchdowns, 9 interceptions, and a passer rating of 93.9.
- Houston’s defense is coughing up 409.5 yards per game.
- Indy’s defense is surrendering 311.8 yards per game.
- Deshaun Watson completed 17 of 25 passes (68%) for 318 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions for a season-high 150.4 rating last week. He aims for his 7th game in a row with a touchdown pass, without an interception, and with a 90+ rating. DW4 passed for 298 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception, and a 104.6 rating in his last meeting with the Colts. He has 10 touchdowns (9 passing, 1 rushing), 2 interceptions, and a 114.1 rating in his past four games at home. He has a 118.4 rating since Week 3, highest in the NFL.
- Philip Rivers passed for 295 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions last week. He aims for his 4th game in a row with 275+ pass yards and his 3rd game in a row with 2+ touchdown passes. Rivers passed for 318 yards, 2 touchdowns, 0 interceptions, and a 101.5 rating in his last game against the Texans (9/22/19 w/ LAC). He has 16 touchdowns, 3 interceptions, and a 121.4 rating in 5 career games against Houston. Rivers is shooting for his 3rd game in a row on road with 0 Interceptions and a 105+ rating.
- Duke Johnson had a season-high 80 scrimmage yards (43 receiving, 37 rushing) and a touchdown catch last week. He has 50+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his 3 career games versus Indy and has 2,752 receiving yards since 2015, the second-most among all RBs.
- Jonathan Taylor ranks 5th among rookies with 745 scrimmage yards (518 rushing, 227 receiving) this season.
- Brandin Cooks had 5 catches for 85 yards last week. He’s trying for his 3rd game in a row with 85+ receiving yards. Cooks had 6 catches for 81 yards in his only career game versus Indy (10/25/15 with NO). He hopes to have his 6th game in a row against AFC South opponents with a TD catch.
- Keke Coutee has 14 catches for 134 yards (67 per game) in 2 career games against the Colts.
- T.Y. Hilton had 4 catches for a season-high 81 yards and got his first touchdown catch of the season last week. Hilton, a noted Texans killer, has 5+ catches and 175+ receving yards in 2 of his past 3 at Houston. He has 408 receiving yards this season and is just 1 of 3 players in the NFL (Julio Jones and Emmanuel Sanders are the others) with 400+ receiving yards in each of the past 9 seasons.
- J.J. Watt’s 19-yard pick-six last week was his 6th career touchdown (3 defense, 3 offense). He has 4 passes defensed in his past 2 games. Watt has a sack in 2 of his past 3 against the Colts and aims for his third game in a row with a sack against an AFC South opponent.
- Tyrell Adams had career highs in tackles (17) and forced fumbles (2) and had 1 pass defensed last week. His 17 tackles were the most by any NFL player in a single game this season. Adams hopes to notch his eight game in a row with six or more tackles.
- Darius Leonard led his team with 14 tackles last week; he also had 1 sack and 1 pass defensed last week. Leonard aims for his 6th game in a row with 6+ tackles and his 3rd game in a row with a pass defensed. He had 1 forced fumble in last meeting with the Texans and has defended at least one pass in two of his past three against Houston.
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