Houston Texans vs. Indianapolis Colts: Indy's Biggest Stories of the First Half

Matt King@TheRealMattKingFeatured ColumnistDecember 22, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 18:  Dan Orlovsky #6 of the Indianapolis Colts throws the ball during Colts 27-13 win over the Tennessee Titans in the NFL game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 18, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The Indianapolis Colts are in a strange position right now: The only thing they're left playing for is pride. Well, that and draft position, but in that case a loss is way better than a win.

Now that they have avoided the embarrassment of a 0-16 season, the question tonight is will the Colts play tough for another week, or will the roll over and take that No. 1 pick in the draft?

Sadly, it looks like the latter tonight. Here are the biggest stories of the first half. 


Starting Off on the Wrong Foot

The first play of the game is a sack on Orlovsky and the Colts lose the ball.

Then Arian Foster runs it in—basically untouched on their second offensive play of the game. Not the best omen for Indy. 


Defensive Good Against the Pass, Bad Against the Run

Foster is running straight through Indy: precisely 64 yards in the first quarter. But the defense has been tough against Yates, with Robert Mathis stripping him to set up short field. The offense, of course, squanders after and Orlovsky gets sacked again. 


Missed Chances

Colts play tough D and start their second straight drive in Texans territory, but they have to settle for a field goal after coming up short on the five-yard line.

Then with the Texans letting them back into the red zone for a second time in the night—this time with some untimely penalties—the Colts again come up with just another field goal.

In summation for the first half: three trips to the red zone, two field goals and one missed field goal at the end of the first half. Yikes.