The Indianapolis Colts, as opposed to last season, have won two road games so far. They didn’t play as well as they would’ve liked, yet it was good enough as they defeated the Houston Texans on the road 30-24 as Colts running back Joseph Addai ran for 2 touchdowns and kicker Adam Vinatieri added 3 field goals.
In addition to the home loss, the Texans had some injuries to deal with. They already had lost star wide receiver Andre Johnson to a sprained knee last week and RB Ron Dayne was declared inactive with bruised ribs; they also lost starting RB Ahman Green to a knee injury on the first series of the 2nd quarter. They also lost rookie wide receiver Jacoby Jones to a seperated shoulder in the 3rd quarter and defensive tackle Cedric Killings was carted off the field with a neck injury; fortunately, he had all feeling in his extremities at the time of his injury. They lost center Steve McKinney to injury, as well; he left with a knee sprain in the 4th quarter.
The Colts took their first lead of the game on Addai dove in for a 4-yard TD to make the score 14-10. In the 3rd quarter, Texans QB Matt Schaub threw an interception which led to a 8-yard TD run by Addai to make it 24-10. Houston cut the lead to 27-17 with a 1-yard TD run by RB Samkon Gado, but Vinatieri’s 3rd FG of the day padded the Colts lead to 30-17. The Colts were lead by Addai, who rushed 22 times for 72 yards and 2 scores; Colts QB Peyton Manning had (for him) un-Manning-like numbers: 20-29, 273 yards and 1 TD. WR Marvin Harrison caught 6 balls for 53 yards, which put him 4th all-time in receiving yardage. And the Colts’ run defense put in a very impressive effort, allowing only 40 yards.
The Texans were led by Schaub, going 27-for-33 for 236 yards and a TD, but 2 INT’s. WR Andre Davis led Texans’ receivers with 4 balls caught for 70 yards, with tight end Owen Daniels adding 7 catches for 56 yards. The 2-1 Texans next travel to Atlanta to face the 0-3 Falcons, while the undefeated Colts return home to face the Denver Broncos (2-1).