The Colts saved their season last Sunday with a gutsy 24-20 win over the Steelers, and this week at home against the underachieving Houston Texans they will look to continue their run at a wild card spot in the AFC. The 3-6 Texans come in after an awful home outing against the Baltimore Ravens in which Sage Rosenfels threw four picks and the team was beat up bad 41-13.
Peyton Manning and the Colts offense didn’t make the key mistakes in Pittsburgh last week, and they scored 14 points on two key Steelers interceptions enroute to the four-point win. They have had the Texans number as well coming in, winning 12 of the last 13 vs Houston, and three straight.
The last time these two teams met was back on October 5th, and Texans were sailing until Rosenfels lost the ball a couple of times and the Colts rallied for a huge 31-27 win. Indy has also won all six home games against the Texans by an average of 19.3 points.
Look for Manning and the Colts to continue to throw the ball on the Texans, and look downfield often. Manning is putting up 249.8 yards per game in the air this year, and while the Texans pass D is allowing just 198.7 yards, the Colts will not go away from throwing just because of that. They will try to get Reggie Wayne and Harrison involved a lot early, and will try to do more play action with the run game as well.
As for the Texans, Rosenfels will be anxious to try and redeem himself after the poor outing against the Ravens a week ago. He simply has to stop turning the ball over, and also needs to get the ball more to the teams biggest playmaker, which of course is Andre Johnson. Last week Johnson did have 7 grabs for 66 yards, and leads the league with 900 overall yards.
The Texans are up against it, and don’t have much fight left after a long season in which they started 0-4, started to turn it around with three wins, and now have lost two straight. It will be three straight after this one, as the Colts will jump on Houston and win by 10.