Houston Texans: 3 Key players to watch against the Colts

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Houston Texans football is back, and this Sunday the Texans are going up against division rival Indianapolis Colts, who last season had the Texans’ number with two dominant performances.

The Texans are looking to put the division on notice with a win over the Colts, but that will be a very challenging task. Players will need to step up big in order to have a chance against the division favorite.

Here are three players who will play a significant role. These players can have the opportunity to be the difference in this Week 1 game, but what will they have to do to win?

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3 Texans who will have a massive impact against the Colts

3. Dameon Pierce

Dameon Pierce has become the name to watch in the entire NFL. Pierce set the world on fire with his running ability. Pierce has a furious style and will run anyone over, but he has the finesse to go with it.

Former Texans great Arian Foster had a one cut that would have defenders tripping over themselves over and over again, and it looks like Pierce may have something similar. Pierce also has an underrated pass-catching ability we have yet to see, but he has proven throughout his collegiate career at Florida that he can catch the ball well.

With the unofficial depth chart released and Pierce being named the starter, fans can get excited. Coach Lovie Smith has repeatedly stated that the Texans are a running team.

The Texans were dead last in rushing last season, so this area is a must for improvement. Can the team return to the running game the Texans once had years ago with Pierce as the lead back?