The Houston Texans left the field as winners for the first time this season, winning in the final seconds of overtime against the Indianapolis Colts.
The Houston Texans played well at times on Sunday and at other times it looked like they didn’t want to win their Week 4 game against the Indianapolis Colts, but ultimately they were good enough to win by three points in overtime, 37-34.
This win is a starting point for the Texans, as they finally got over the hump and played well enough to win a game. Granted, the Texans held a double-digit lead as they had an 21-10 lead at halftime and 28-17 lead after three quarters. In the fourth quarter, the Colts outscored the Texans, 14-3, but in overtime the Texans kicked two field goals compared to one by the Colts.
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One negative in this game was that Deshaun Watson was sacked seven times by the defense of the Colts, but on the Texans defense they sacked Andrew Luck four times, with J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney each having two sacks in the win.
There are also questions about this rushing game when it comes to the running backs. Take away the runs by Watson and wide receiver Keke Coutee, the Texans running backs of Lamar Miller and Alfred Blue combined for 27 carries for 80 yards and no touchdowns.
The two running backs averaged 2.96 yards per carry, with Miller averaging 3.5 ypc and Blue averaging 2.4 ypc. Neither are great averages, but a win is a win when a team enters a game 0-3.
As for that win, here are highlights from NFL Twitter for the Texans and Colts.
Watson had a strong day with three touchdowns, even if he was sacked seven times by the Colts.
Houston needed this win in the worst way on Sunday in Indianapolis. They couldn’t afford to start the season at 0-4, as only the 1992 San Diego Chargers have made the playoffs after starting the season with four consecutive losses.
The Colts didn’t back down, and this shows why a game is never completely sealed and over until the the clock reads all zeros at the end of regulation.
The Texans defense had a breakdown on this drive by the Colts, and it showed a lot of glaring holes in the Houston defensive backfield.
Eric Ebron joining the Colts has been a positive for not only Ebron, but Luck as well. Ebron is a quality tight end, and he’ll do well with Luck looking his direction multiple times each game.
This was a nice touchdown by the Colts to keep the home team in contention with the visiting Texans, as it was just a preview of things to come later in the game.
The Luck-to-T.Y. Hilton combo is one of the best in the NFL and not only that it is a tough combo to stop for an entire game.
Congratulations to Adam Vinatieri on his new NFL kicking record.
J.J. Watt is back to his old ways, and that is a great thing for the Texans.
Watson to Fuller is something all of the NFL had better get used to for years to come, because each game they’ve played together they’ve scored a touchdown.
Luck is back to being a huge threat to all NFL teams, and he was first to strike on Sunday.
The Texans weren’t able to hang on at the end of regulation but took almost the entire overtime to push back ahead and win the game. Next for the Texans is a Week 5 game against the Dallas Cowboys, who are 2-2 overall.