By Alex Del Barrio

HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – The Texans hopes of hanging on to their season long claim to first place in the AFC South rests on a intra-divisional match-up against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.

However, if it weren’t for some late game heroics from Brock Osweiler and the Houston Texans on October 16th, the Texans would be entering this road match-up looking desperately needing a win to stay alive in the hunt for the playoffs.

The Texans trailed their home Sunday night match-up 23-9 with 7:04 remaining in the game with Osweiler leading a pair of touchdown drives in the late moments to tie the game at 23 and send the game to overtime for Nick Novak’s 33 yard game winning field goal.

“We kind of jumped into a two-minute mode almost,” Osweiler said recollecting the memory of the comeback. “We played at the line of scrimmage. We played in a sub-personnel grouping and we were able to catch a rhythm. I think anytime you can catch a rhythm offensively, that’s when you see points go up on the board. That’s when you see first down after first down after first down.”

That comeback turned what looked to be a disappointing loss, and what would have been the second loss of an eventual three game losing streak, into a miraculous comeback victory which not only breathed life into the Texans, but also created a blip of confidence in the struggling Osweiler.

Despite that small bit of reassurance in Osweiler, the Texans have played like a first place team in name only. While Houston has held on to the first place spot for the entire season a loss Sunday would be their fourth straight and could continue a tail spin that may keep the Texans out of the postseason.

“This game Sunday afternoon in Indianapolis, this is the biggest game of our season,” Osweiler said. “I’m viewing our season right now as a one-game season and it’s a one game that we must win.”

Osweiler is an admitted harsh self critic. He has taken the blame for losses, including in the few games where he has played well. Colts Coach Chuck Pagano mentioned in his conference call with the Houston media that often times the quarterback gets too much credit for the wins, and even more blame for losses, as he  was asked about Osweiler’s struggles. Pagano added a lot of praise for the signal caller and said that had “video evidence” that Osweiler is a “great footbal player.”

“Any time, whether we win or lose, and we come in and we watch that tape on Monday, there’s nobody who’s harder on themselves than me,” Osweiler said. “I always believe that I can play better. I’m striving for perfection every single week and so there’s nobody that’s ever going to judge themselves harder than my own self.

Alex Del Barrio  and Matt Murphy can be heard on Saturday afternoons 4-7 pm  Follow Alex Del Barrio on Twitter: @alexdelbarrio


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