The Indianapolis Colts (2-6) haven’t fared well against division opponents halfway through the 2017 season but they’ll have another chance to redeem themselves as they look to stop the Houston Texans (3-4) at NRG Stadium.
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The Colts are coming off of their third loss in a row after blowing another fourth-quarter lead to the Cincinnati Bengals while the Texans were minutes away from pulling off an upset at CenturyLink Field against the Seatle Seahawks.
Led by rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson, the Texans feature one of the strongest offensive units in the NFL. They are first in points per game, third in rushing yards per game and 10th in total yards per game.
KEYS TO THE GAME: Houston’s rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson once again wowed ’em, throwing for 402 yards and four touchdowns last Sunday in Seattle. But Watson was also picked off three times as the Texans fell 41-38. Watson now leads the league with 21 touchdown passes, and Houston is the NFL’s highest-scoring team at 30.7 points per game — 34.6 since Watson became the starter.
“Yeah, it can get a lot better, and those guys will tell you, too,” Watson told the Houston Chronicle. “It’s (production) still not where they want to be and where their potential is.”
Earlier this week, the Texans traded three-time Pro Bowl tackle Duane Brown to Seattle, but Chris Clark has returned from a calf injury to replace him.
The Colts, sitting in last place in the AFC South and still missing starting quarterback Andrew Luck, are staring at another lost season. Indianapolis is 27th in the NFL in passing yards and 25th in scoring.
Quarterback Jacoby Brissett, who has made plays this year, will try to take advantage of a depleted Texans defense that is missing J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus.
But the Colts’ worst-in-the-NFL pass defense (almost 300 yards per game) will have to contend with Watson and his improving wide receivers. DeAndre Hopkins, coming off a 224-yard performance in Seattle, and Will Fuller both have seven touchdown receptions.