The Houston Texans had lost their last three games while the Indianapolis Colts won three of their last four to tie up the AFC South. However, it was the Texans that came out strong this week, as the two teams faced off for the second time this season. Houston beat their AFC South rivals, 22-17. The win gave the Texans the season sweep over the Colts to secure the tiebreaker over Indianapolis in their playoff hunt.
Brock Osweiler still hasn’t proved that he is worth the big money contract he signed coming into the 2016 season. While Texans’ owner Bob McNair argues that Osweiler is basically a rookie in Houston, there are names like Carson Wentz and Dak Prescott who prove that Osweiler is still performing below expectations. Osweiler completed more than half of his passes, with 14 completions in 24 attempts, but only threw for 147 total yards. He was also intercepted once and was sacked twice.
The only bright light for this offense was running back Lamar Miller and his backup Alfred Blue. Miller ran 21 times for 107 yards and a touchdown, while Blue had 16 carries for 55 yards rushing. It was their running attack that kept the Colts from getting on the field to come back from behind in the game.
The Texans’ defense was dominant in the first half before giving up two second-half touchdowns. However, they were solid and really gave Andrew Luck problems. Luck did throw two touchdowns and 276 yards in the game, but Jadeveon Clowney sacked him once and Luck threw two interceptions, one each to Andre Hal and Quintin Demps. They also forced Luck to fumble once, with Whitney Mercilus recovering the fumble. The Texans limited the Colts to just 83 rushing yards and it was a good game for this defense.
Special Teams: A+
Not much can be taken away from the Houston Texans special teams in this game. The Texans only scored one touchdown in the game, but moved the ball well and Nick Novak hit all five of his field goal attempts. He even made a kick from 52 yards out, and it was Novak who won this game for the Texans. Punter Shane Lechler punted three times and put all three inside the 20.
The Houston Texans still can’t score on offense, but head coach Bill O’Brien has his team in position for the playoffs for the second year in a row. O’Brien knows that Osweiler isn’t going to win the game for Houston, so he is limiting what his quarterback can do. O’Brien ran the ball a lot in this game and worked the clock well to limit the Colts’ opportunities. Houston is winning despite Osweiler.
This was the most important game of the season for the Houston Texans. They had fallen into a three-way tie for first place in the AFC South. However, they had beaten both the Tennessee Titans and Indianapolis Colts earlier in the season. Sunday’s win gives the Texans the tiebreaker over the Colts, and they will have a chance to do the same against Tennessee in the final week of the season. Up next is the last place Jacksonville Jaguars, who just lost their eighth game in a row.