The Indianapolis Colts (6-2) rallied to beat the Houston Texans (2-6) by a score of 27-24 on Sunday night. Despite a surprisingly stellar performance by Texans second-year quarterback Case Keenum, Andrew Luck and Co. were able to prevail in the end.
Luck rallied in the fourth quarter, and his efforts through the air secured a win despite a dismal running game. The Colts remain comfortably atop the AFC South with a 6-2 record.
Indianapolis Colts - 27
Houston Texans - 24
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vs. Texans Week 9
Game Analysis for the Indianapolis Colts
Pass Offense: Andrew Luck continued to struggle early in the second half, as his passes remained errant for the most part. However, he was able to right the ship and connect with T.Y. Hilton for three touchdowns, which ultimately resulted in a victory for the Colts. Luck boosted his passer rating up to a 92.8 for the contest.
Run Offense: Donald Brown had a very solid game on the ground. He outperformed Trent Richardson and could possibly earn himself more time in the backfield going forward. The Colts only ran the ball a total of 14 times throughout the duration of the game.
Pass Defense: Case Keenum was able to pick apart the Colts secondary throughout the contest. Despite his inexperience, the Texans' solid offensive line afforded him enough time to allow plays to develop. Keenum was held in check in the second half after a very fast start to the game.
Run Defense: The Colts did a nice job containing Texans workhorse running back Ben Tate for the most part. However, the team as a whole simply allowed far too many yards on the ground, which allowed the Texans to maintain a very balanced attack. Tate only averaged 3.7 yards per carry on the game, but the Colts allowed 143 yards on the ground.
Special Teams: Adam Vinatieri connected on his second field goal of the game in the third quarter. Coverage units did not allow any huge returns, and the Colts were able to avoid any costly turnovers. The special teams unit did not overly impress but remained solid.
Coaching: Head coach Chuck Pagano was able to put his team in a better position to succeed in the second half. His strategy of getting the ball to his playmakers in space turned the tide of the game. The play of the team also became more consistent. The Colts showed a great amount of moxie, as they were able to climb out of a huge hole and get a very important win.
First-Half Analysis for the Indianapolis Colts
Pass Offense: Andrew Luck was under a tremendous amount of pressure from the Houston defensive line over the first half. The absence of Reggie Wayne also looks to be factoring into the slow start for the second-year quarterback. Luck was only able to help muster three points and holds just a 46.5 passer rating at the half.
Run Offense: Donald Brown had a couple of nice bursts during the first half; however, the team continues to feature the struggling Trent Richardson in the backfield. Richardson has only been able to manage an average of 3.3 yards per carry against the Texans thus far.
Pass Defense: The Colts secondary allowed the inexperienced Case Keenum to get over the top of the defense twice in the first quarter. Two long touchdown passes to Andre Johnson helped dig Indianapolis into a 14-point deficit very early in the contest. Johnson had a monster first half, accumulating 190 receiving yards and three touchdowns.
Run Defense: Houston has been utilizing a run-heavy offense early against the Colts due to the inexperience of Keenum. The Indianapolis defense seemed very well prepared and held running back Ben Tate to just 3.4 yards per carry over the first half.
Special Teams: The field-goal unit did not get off to a good start, as Adam Vinatieri's first field-goal attempt was blocked. However, Pat McAfee had some solid punts, which helped in the battle for field position, and T.Y. Hilton had a nice 34-yard punt return late in the quarter.
Coaching: After falling behind by 14 points early, the Colts did a nice job to remain composed early on; however, they showed signs of panic late in the half. Due to the heavy amount of pressure that was placed on Luck by the Texans defensive front, severe adjustments will be necessary heading into the second half.