Dec 14, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts running back Trent Richardson (34) is tackled by Houston Texans linebacker Brooks Reed (58) at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Texans vs. Colts, December 20th
Ah, the interdivisional games. They’re important no matter what. This one, in particular, however, is incredibly important. This late in the season, the Colts are certainly going to be contenders to be the leading force in the AFC South. Can the Texans be another one of the contenders?
If they lose this game, it’s going to be tough to get a leg up on the Colts. Although making the playoffs in the Wild Card would be fine, getting in as a division winner would be a huge step for the Texans.
The Colts high powered offense with Andrew Luck under center is one of the best. Despite a slow 0-2 start for the team last year, they were able to come back and close out the year with an 11-5 record, and reach the AFC Conference Championship game, only to fall short to the New England Patriots.
They were able to score the sixth most points in the entire league, a statistic showing just how powerful their offense is, and how tough it can be to keep up.
The Texans are no stranger to the Colts’ great play, and haven’t beat them since 2012. The key to this game is not going to be to keep up with their scoring. If this is the game plan, it will not work. The Texans can’t do that. The game plan must be focused on the defense. We’ve spoken a lot of their defensive weapons, and they must utilize them in order to take down the Colts.