Texans struggle on offense in first half vs. Colts in Week 13

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Usually, the major struggles for the Houston Texans are reserved for the second half of games, but in Week 13 the team that plays their home games at NRG Stadium has not played so well on offense in the first two quarters vs. the Indianapolis Colts.

The first half wasn’t much to brag about offensively for the home team, as their final drive in the second quarter saw Houston forced to punt on a fourth-and-21, as they lost 11 yards on that drive.

For the half the Texans’ offense is credited for 48 yards on six drives (23 total plays), averaging 2.1 yards per play, those numbers are after all of the negative yardage has been subtracted. Houston’s leading rusher is Rex Burkhead with five carries for 20 yards.

In the air, Tyrod Taylor is 3-of-10 for 32 yards with no touchdowns and one interception. Carson Wentz isn’t tearing up the stat sheet either against the Texans’ defense as the Colts quarterback is 8-of-12 for 68 with one touchdown pass.

Can the Texans step up in the second half?

The Colts in the first half have 67 yards and one touchdown on 19 carries from running back Jonathan Taylor, so it is safe to say he’s a huge part of the 14-0 Indianapolis lead at halftime.

Maybe the second half will be better on offense for Texans, because they can’t keep putting all the pressure on the defense and expect to be a competitive team for a complete game.

This season Houston has struggled mightily in the second half so not much is expected of this team in the final two quarters.

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The Texans have shown in most games – even in their two wins – they don’t make many second half adjustments against their opponents, so it could be an even worse half than the first two quarters that have already been played.