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Author: Jon Kuzma
The Indianapolis Colts went on the road to Houston and beat the Texans in their own house 21-7. Andrew Luck was dealing from the get go and was definitely the better quarterback on the field in this clash between two AFC South teams. Luck ended up throwing for 222 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception. In the first half it seemed like the Colts converted most of their third downs and it’s the arm strength that really stood out. Houston couldn’t close the windows in their defense and it’s because Andrew Luck was putting his throws on the money. Dontrelle Inman and Eric Ebron both benefited from that by catching a touchdown each. Then there was Marlon Mack and he was outstanding with 148 rushing yards and 1 touchdown. That was more yards on the ground than the Texans had as an entire team and it was shocking to see the Colts play so explosive against a defense led by J.J Watt. Deshaun Watson had 235 passing yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception. Those numbers are definitely not up to Watson’s standards and this will go down as failure on his behalf. Keke Coutee was the lone bright spot for the losing side. The rookie receiver hauled in 110 receiving yards and 1 touchdown which was actually a better game than DeAndre Hopkins had. The other main story line from East Texas was Indianapolis’ strong outing on defense. By holding Houston to 7 points they actually showed up Watt and company. Kenny Moore was at the forefront of the Colts lock down performance. Moore ended up with 6 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 interception. Darius Leonard was his usual self with a team high of 13 tackles. Bernardrick McKinney put up 9 tackles for the Texans. Tyrann Mathieu had 8 tackles too but it wasn’t nearly enough. Indy pulled out all the stops and they were better in every phase of the game. Now they’ll prepare for the divisional round and what a turn around it’s been for a franchise that only won 5 games in 2017.
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The Colts had better offensive weapons than the Houston Texans and that’s why they won 21-7.