By Matt Hammond, Sports Radio 610By Matt Hammond

Vegas generally gives two and a half to three and a half points on a point spread for home field advantage.

The Houston Texans faithful were worth at least seven tonight, at least according to Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano.

Pagano said after the Texans 33-28 loss Thursday that crowd noise was to blame for the confusion that led to the botched snap by Andrew Luck that was recovered by J.J. Watt and returned 45 yards for a touchdown.

“It was really loud out there,” Pagano said. “It was really loud. At that time, it was deafening and the play clock was running down. I think Andrew was looking at that when the ball was snapped. So from a communication standpoint, you can’t pin it on the quarterback, you can’t pin it on the center. I credit Houston’s fans on that one.”

It was a game that would determine who had the early inside track on the AFC South chase, and Watt’s scoop and score made it a one-score game.

It was a big moment by a big-moment player, even if he had a little help from the home crowd.

Watt’s score was his third this season, tied for as many as LeSean McCoy and Calvin Johnson… combined. It also made him the fifth player all time to have a touchdown on a fumble return, interception and reception in the same season, and the first in 53 years.

It adds merit to Watt’s already bold MVP candidacy, though a Texans win would have done more. In the end, Watt’s bid to become the first defensive player to win the award since Lawrence Taylor will have to do more with how many games the Texans win than how many sensational plays Watt himself makes.

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