By Contributing Blogger Scott for The Sportmeisters
This Sunday, the undefeated Indianapolis Colts host the red-hot Houston Texans. The odds favor the Colts to remain undefeated, and once again, send the Texans home winless from Indy. This game has the potential to become a shootout because of two high-powered offenses facing off. Let’s look at the chances each team has.
Why The Colts Will Win:
Because they always do and especially at home. If this game becomes a shootout, the Colts will win by a touchdown. Every year the Texans find a way to lose (e.g. last year’s “Rosen-coptor”), and with Texans’ turnover prowess, why shouldn’t the Colts win? If Peyton Manning gets into a rhythm, it will be a long day for the Texans’ defense. The past two weeks the Texans held the 49ers and Bills to minimal rushing yards, but gave up big passing yardage late in the game.
Unfortunately, the Colts passing game will be front and center from the 1st quarter. Defensively, the Colts have to keep the Texans off the field and out of rhythm. After Ryan Moats’ big game last week, look for the Texans to run the ball early. The Colts cannot let the Texans’ run game get into sync. The key for the Colts’ D is to force turnovers and give Peyton Manning a short field to work with.
Why The Texans Will Win:
Call it divine intervention or just timing, but the Texans could steal this game. It is easy for the Colts to overlook this game as another one “in the bag.” In order to the win, the defense must apply pressure to Peyton Manning and keep the Colts offense off the field. Historically, Peyton Manning’s worst games have been when he is under constant pressure. The Texans have to bring the heat by all means necessary. They must keep the game from becoming a shootout. In the last two weeks, the Texans forced turnovers late to seal the game. Don’t expect that to come easy with Manning under Center.
Offensively, the Texans have to establish the run. Doing so will exhaust the Colts smaller defenders and keep their offense off the field. Time of possession is critical this week, as well as scoring TDs in the red zone. Finally, they cannot commit any turnovers this week or Manning will make them pay, dearly. This week everything must fall into place for the Texans to walk away with another road win.
The two teams meet again in a few weeks, but a win here for either team could set the tone for the remainder of the NFL season.