By Colts Gab Columnist Luke Schultheis
Another regular season opener to the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium, and yet another loss. Only thing is, this time around it wasn’t Arian Foster gashing the Colts for 231 rushing yards and 3 TD’s. With Foster nursing a sore hamstring, the Texans relied on the legs of their running back duo of Ben Tate and Derrick Ward to pound the Colts into submission en route to a team total of 167 rushing yards and 2 TD’s on the day in a 34-7 thumping.
Not only was the Texans’ running game too much for the Colts defensively, but offensively, the Colts simply didn’t have an answer for the defensive pressure applied by recently converted linebacker and Pro-Bowl sack master Mario Williams. This, along with the newness of Kerry Collins, made it a long day for the Colts, as they were sorely outplayed in all facets of the game, including special teams.
There’s no question it’s going to be a long season for the Colts without the services of Peyton Manning. However, will every Sunday be more of the same with Colts’ fan wanting to turn off the game at halftime and hopelessly wishing for the good old days? Hopefully not.
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