Texans vs. Colts: 5 Questions with Naptown’s Finest

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Oct 5, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts receiver Hakeem Nicks(14) makes a catch over a Baltimore Ravens defender at Lucas Oil Stadium. Colts won, 20-13. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

3. Who on the offensive side of the ball must step up their play for them to compete with the defense of the Texans?

Everyone on offense has played fairly well the past few weeks, but right tackle Gosder Cherilus has struggled. He’ll face Watt more than a few times Thursday, and another bad game could easily result in a loss.

A dark horse for a big game is Hakeem Nicks. He’s struggled to adjust to the role of third receiver (and fifth option) and is due for a breakout performance.

Sep 7, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Indianapolis Colts cornerback Vontae Davis (21) before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

4. On the defense of the Colts, who has stood out this season?

Cornerback Vontae Davis has played like a shutdown corner this season and is living up to every penny of his contract so far.  Adams is also having a great year.

Cory Redding, the emotional leader of the defense, is playing at a high level as well. He’s been very dangerous rushing the passer this season and solid against the run.

5. Game prediction and why?

The Colts have avoided slow starts this season and likely won’t have another sloppy outing. I like the Colts to win on Thursday, and we’ll start to see some separation in the AFC South. The Texans simply can’t continue to win with Fitzpatrick at quarterback.

Watt can wreck a game, but Luck will have his hand on every play. Luck is simply playing at too high a level to lose a divisional game right now. He’ll also want to make up for last week’s disappointing performance against the Ravens.

Colts win a tight game Thursday night.