Texans vs. Colts: Keys to victory

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The Houston Texans can steal sole possession of first place with a win against the Indianapolis Colts, here are their three keys to victory

With the Houston Texans officially announcing Brian Hoyer is out of the most important game of the year with a concussion, it’s imperative that the team uses every advantage possible to win their next game against the Indianapolis Colts.

The Colts are hurting at the quarterback position too as Andrew Luck still looks to be a no-go. Matt Hasselbeck should be able to start, but he too is struggling after getting roughed up over the past couple of weeks.

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Even without Luck, the Colts were able to beat Houston earlier in the year, 27-20. The Texans can get the last laugh by winning on the road and jumping into first place.

Easier said than done, as Indy hasn’t been kind to Houston, as the Texans are 0-for-13 on the road against the Colts. This game is as big as any of those though, as each team sits at 6-7, tied for first place in the AFC South.

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Whoever wins this one takes over sole possession of first place, and the inside track to a playoff spot. So what does Houston have to do to take this game and hand the Colts a home loss for the first time in their franchises history?

We take a look at three areas that Bill O’Brien’s guys need to execute to win this game.

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