Houston (CBS Houston) – The Texans, losers of three straight, travel to play Indianapolis on Sunday as the teams enter week 14 in a three-way tie that also includes Tennessee atop the AFC South.
Like last week against Green Bay, the Texans are aware of the challenge that presents itself in the Indianapolis offense. As is the case with most offenses, it all starts with the quarterback, in this regard it’s Houston native Andrew Luck.
“His ability to extend plays, but not just to scramble, but to throw the ball down field. He’s made a lot of plays like that, and that’s one of the things that makes him so dangerous,” Texans head coach Bill O’Brien said.
Luck averages five yards per carry, which makes him the second best quarterback in that category. One player that will hope to slow him down is Jadeveon Clowney, who returned to practice on Thursday and said he would play. Clowney is aware of Luck’s prowess.
“Like a running back at quarterback. He’s a big guy, big physical guy, smart, he can run, he can do it all. Have to try to make him beat you with his arm,” Clowney added.
Despite Luck’s ability to run, he doesn’t do it to gain a lot of rushing yards. Instead he tries to create time for his receivers to get open.
“They (the secondary) have to stay with their guys and not look into the backfield, and understand that as long as the whistle hasn’t blown there’s a chance the ball can still come to their guy,” Texans defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel said.
The Colts are fifth in the league in yards per game with 382.9 a contest and while Luck plays a big role in that, his supporting cast is also pretty good.
“This Hilton guy, guy named Hilton, he makes a lot of plays. Luck kind of likes him because he does make those plays,” Crennel said. “He has (Donte) Moncrief who is fast, he’s got two tight ends that can catch, run and block. Then when you add (Frank) Gore to that mix, he’s got some weapons.”