Houston Texans will finally have Nico Collins back vs Colts

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The Houston Texans are getting back an offensive weapon in Nico Collins.

The former Michigan Wolverine performed well in the preseason, and was one of the more-talked about players on this Houston Texans squad. Collins has been on the injury report since he got injured in the Cleveland game in Week 2, but now he has been activated for today’s game against the Indianapolis Colts.

Collins only has two catches for 39 yards on the season, but that number should continue to grow with how much fellow rookie quarterback Davis Mills has been slinging the ball around. Andre Roberts had been playing Collins while he was out. This also lets Roberts do what he does best, and that’s being a great kick returner.

Collins had seven catches for 40 yards and one touchdown in the preseason.

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The Colts are hurting big time in the secondary, and this is the Texans chance to steal a win from a divisional rival they’ve hardly beaten. Another added benefit is drawing more attention from the secondary on draw plays, as the Colts will look to take away Collins in his first game back.

This offense should be a “pass to set up the run” mentality today, as the Colts have been one of the better rushing defenses this season, ranking 14th in the league. Head coach David Culley should call Carson Wentz’s bluff and dare him to beat the Texans by throwing the ball.

It’s hard to know if Wentz is officially back to his old self after throwing for over 400 yards against the Baltimore Ravens last week. Divisional games are always tough, so expect a hostile Colts crowd up in Indianapolis today.

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If effective, then the Texans can go back to the rushing offense of which they came into the season with.