Oct 9, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) throws in the pocket against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
I got the opportunity to have a little Q&A with Even Reller of the Horseshoe Heroes. Hearing from the opposing camp is always fun, and he was gracious enough to give us his perspective on tomorrows ig game.
The Colts offensive line is kind of in a patchwork state right now. With both Hugh Thornton and Joe Reitz out, it almost seems like a game of musical chairs. How worried should Colts fans be of J.J. Watt?
"Even Reller:Very worried. Gosder Cherilus has not played well this season at all, and has zero chance to stopping Watt one-on-one. Guard Lance Louis is poised to start but was terrible the last time the two teams met. Cherilus and Louis had a collective -9.7 grade from Pro Football Focus.Even under the best of circumstances Watt is tough to slow down. The Colts will have to gameplan away from him rather than hope he can be blocked effectively."
The Colts run defense is going to have their hands full against Arian Foster. The Colts have been pretty good this year against the run, not great but pretty good. Can they contain Foster to just around 100 yards again?
"ER:It will be a challenge but the Colts would prefer to sellout against the run and force Ryan Fitzpatrick to beat them with his arm. With Vontae Davis back to slow down DeAndre Hopkins, a good chance Andre Johnson doesn’t play, and Garrett Graham out those are much better odds.Fitzpatrick has played well this season, but I still don’t believe he has what it takes to beat the Colts at home. Foster is enemy number one when the Texans offense is on the field."
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Andrew Luck has been sacked quite a few times of late, how is he holding up?
"ER:Luck is still healthy but his internal clock might be off a bit. There are times he has rushed throws despite having time or tried to make a play that isn’t there. Some of the sacks (and fumbles) have been his fault this season as he has a tendency to hold onto the ball for too long in an effort to make a play.Aside from that, he’s still having a season worthy of MVP discussion (although I’d give it to Watt or Aaron Rodgers)."
Aside Luck and Hilton, who should the Texans worry most about on offense? Whose really getting in stride at this point in the season for Indy?
"ER:Tight end Coby Fleener is having a very good season, and appears to be putting up big number every other game. With Dwayne Allen on the field as well, it puts a lot of pressure on linebackers and safeties to cover two tough matchups.Lately, rookie wide receiver Donte Moncrief has proven to be a deep threat and reliable option for Luck. With Reggie Wayne ailing, expect Moncrief to see more snaps and to receive a number of targets.The Colts will attack with two tight end sets and I’d expect Allen to be kept in to help contain (briefly slow?) Watt."
This game is a big deal for both sides. Indy wins and the AFC South Crown is theirs. Houston loses and their season is over. How important do the Colts see wrapping up the playoff spot tomorrow?
"ER:The Colts are viewing this as a playoff game. They haven’t overlooked any of their games this season and know the importance for taking down a divisional rival.There is always the outside shot at getting a bye in the playoffs as well. The Colts want to win out, remain hot heading into the playoffs, and hopefully get a much needed week off before the postseason."
What’s your prediction for the game? Who wins and why?
"ER:Colts win a close, but comfortable game. The Texans have yet to figure out how to defend Hilton and Luck is playing too well this season. Fitzpatrick simply doesn’t have what it takes to get the Texans their first win in Indianapolis."
I want to extend a big thank you to Even Reller for joining us, and hope Sunday’s game if a fun win for the Texans.
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