Two weeks after beating the Denver Broncos, the Indianapolis Colts come into week nine to face the 2-5 Houston Texans who are amidst a very, very tough season. Will the Texans put up a fight against the Colts or will Indianapolis take the Texans out handedly?
Well, the Colts lost a very important piece to their offense in Reggie Wayne who is now out for the rest of the season. Darrius Heyward-Bey will have to step up in his absence and of course the deep threat and speedster T.Y. Hilton is going to get a bit more action as well.
The run game has been steady this season simply because the Colts haven’t abandoned it even without two running backs on IR and Trent Richardson struggling still. Quarterback Andrew Luck has partaken in the run game on top of throwing the ball very well this season, which has helped in a big way.
The Texans, meanwhile, have given up over 122 yards per game on the ground which is currently ranked 28th in the league. They could be in for a long game against the Colts who own the 9th-ranked rushing attack. Even at 2-5, though, the Texans’ pass defense is good for first in the league and giving up 145 yards per contest.
With that said, Luck will have his brilliant moments but I am looking for the Colts to run the ball down the throats of the Texans in this one. Defensively, the Colts should be able to handle Case Keenum, who is now starting again for a healthy Matt Schaub.
Keenum showed some potential in week eight, but the Colts’ defense has found a way to step up when it matters most, even though they’re currently ranked 21st in the NFL in passing yards allowed. The Texans, though, could lean more on the pass this week with Arian Foster and Ben Tate not coming in at 100 percent and having been banged up.
Indianapolis knows how to take the ball away at the perfect moments and have been able to get a much better pass rush this season than they did a year ago. With Luck’s growth and the run game going well, the Colts have no reason not to clobber the Texans in week nine.