Texans-Colts Preview: Houston Looks to Avoid Déjà Vu

Andrew GloverCorrespondent INovember 13, 2008

The Houston Texans (3-6) and the Indianapolis Colts (5-4) will meet again after Houston blew a 27-10 lead in the last 4:10 at home in Week Three.

The Texans go to Indianapolis with a two-game losing streak; the Colts have won their last two games.

Sage Rosenfels, who was 4-1 last season in replacing Matt Schaub, is 0-2 this season. In two-and-a-half games, Rosenfels has completed 65-of-100 passes for 764 yards with four touchdowns, six interceptions, and a quarterback rating of 76.4, getting sacked six times along the way.

The Texans running game has not taken the pressure off Rosenfels. As a team, the Texans have only rushed for 137 yards on 32 carries in the last two games. In both games one player out rushed the Texans. The lack of production on the ground has resulted in Rosenfels having to throw the ball more, which in turn has allowed opposing defenses to stop the Texans offense easier.

Finally, the Texans are 0-6 in Indianapolis. Houston has lost those six games by an average score of 35-16, and has been outscored 81-39 since Gary Kubiak became head coach.

After early season struggles, Peyton Manning has been tough to stop the last two games.

Manning has completed 42-of-69 passes for 494 yards, five touchdowns, and a 106.8 quarterback rating. Opposing defenses have only sacked Manning twice in the last two games. When Manning is in a rhythm, the Colts are hard to stop.

The defense has improved significantly from the first seven games. In the last two contests, the Colts have allowed an average of 99 yards rushing per game. This is down from the 144.1 yards in the first seven games. In addition, opponents averaged 17.5 points per game compared to 23.1 in the first seven.

The Colts have forced five turnovers their last two games and had zero on offense. In the first seven games, the Colts turned it over 10 times and forced 10.

In this game, the Texans will not have a déjà vu of week three; however, it still will not be a positive result. The running game will still struggle forcing Rosenfels to pass more, and the defense will not be able to get pressure on Manning. Colts win, 34-17.