T.J. Yates’ Keys to Success Against Indianapolis

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Dec 13, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans quarterback T.J. Yates (6) throws during the second half against the New England Patriots at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Texans really can’t catch a break. After they seemed to finally have everything clicking, they lose their starting quarterback Brian Hoyer to a concussion. Hoyer has seen his fair share of concussions in his career, meaning the team certainly be sure he is 100% before he comes back to the field. That leaves T.J. Yates as the team’s starting quarterback for their important AFC-South matchup against the Indianapolis Colts.

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The winner of this showdown finds themselves in the drivers seat in the division with only two weeks to play, so this may be the most important game of the year. The team certainly has faith in Yates after he helped lead them to victories against Cincinnati and the New York Jets earlier this year, but we have to remember that Yates had not thrown an NFL touchdown since 2011, when he filled in for an injured Matt Schaub in Houston.

That 2011 season saw Yates lead Houston to their first franchise playoff victory, and Yates will need to return to his top form again if he hopes to lead Houston to a win this week against Indianapolis. Here are some of the things Yates must focus on to take the lead in the AFC South.

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