With the Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars both winning earlier in the day, the Indianapolis Colts would have been tied for first place in the AFC South if they had defeated the Houston Texans. Instead, they find themselves in last place in their division after an overtime loss in Houston. With the win, the Texans remain one game ahead of the Titans as the leaders of the AFC South, whereas a loss to the Colts would have resulted in a three-way tie between Houston, Indianapolis, and Tennessee.
Preview: Indianapolis Colts At Houston Texans
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, the Houston Texans have five players listed as “out” for Week 6, while three more are listed as “questionable.” Potential offensive weapons include running back Jonathan Grimes (out with an ankle injury) and tight end Stephen Anderson (out with a hamstring injury). Safety Quintin Demps is out with a calf injury and linebacker Brian Peters is out with a quadricep injury. Guard Jeff Allen will be out due to a concussion.
The injury list for the Indianapolis Colts is even longer. Cornerback Darius Butler and center Jonotthan Harrison will both be out due to illness. Nose tackle Zach Kerr (ankle injury) and wide receiver Donte Moncrief (shoulder injury) are both listed as out for Week 6, while tight end Michael Miller is listed as out for undisclosed reasons. Seven different players are listed as questionable, including wide receivers Quan Bray and T.Y. Hilton, and five defensive players. These were the latest updates according to the injury report from CBS Sports.
Brock Osweiler and the Texans offense didn’t get off to a great start. After Indy’s defense forced the Houston quarterback to fumble on 3rd and 10, the Texans recovered the ball and had to punt on 4th and 23. Andrew Luck and the Colts offense were unable to do much better in their first drive, and Indianapolis punted as well.
After the Colts defense shut down the Houston Texans again, the third drive of the game ended in a punt. But this time around, Luck would lead Indianapolis inside the red zone. The ever-trusty Adam Vinatieri connected with a 41-yard field goal to put the Colts on the board, leading the Texans 3-0 halfway through the first quarter.
The third time wasn’t the charm for the Texans offense in Week 6, and they were forced to punt for the third time in the game after one short running play and two incomplete passes. With the ball back in Indy’s possession, Luck led the Colts within a few yards of the end zone, before an offensive holding penalty canceled the play. As the first quarter came to a close, the Colts had the ball on 2nd and 17 with a 3-0 lead.
In the first play of the second quarter, Andrew Luck connected with tight end Jack Doyle for a touchdown. The PAT put the Colts in the lead by double-digits, 10-0. Unfortunately for the Texans, things didn’t change much as the second quarter continued.
On Houston’s next possession, they were stopped by the Indianapolis defense yet again, ending four drives in a row with a punt. After a huge pass to T.Y. Hilton and a big run from Frank Gore, the Colts were once again in scoring distance. Although unable to earn another touchdown, Vinatieri came in and successfully completed his 40th straight NFL field goal, giving Indianapolis a 13-0 lead.
Finally, Osweiler was able to lead the Texans to their first points of the game. While he wasn’t able to get the ball past the goal line, he gave kicker Nick Novak an easy shot to put a little dent in Houston’s lead. With just under two minutes to play in the first half, the Texans trailed 13-3.
The Colts’ final offensive drive of the first half started off like so many others had, with Luck leading his team deep into Houston territory. However, with half a minute left to play, the Indy QB was responsible for the first interception of the game. While Osweiler was unable to do anything significant with the little bit of time left on the clock, they put stop to the Indianapolis momentum before the Colts get the ball back after halftime.
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As the second half got under way, things continued to go well for Houston. The Texans defense prevented the Colts from making any serious progress after receiving the kick, forcing just the second Indy punt of the game. After running back Lamar Miller helped march Houston’s offense towards the end zone, a pass interference call put the Texans on the Colts’ one-yard line for 1st and Goal. Miller ran the ball in for Houston’s first touchdown of the game. Nick Novak would miss the extra point, however, leaving the Texans trailing 13-9.
At the end of the Colts’ next drive, Indianapolis would face a potentially pivotal moment. On 4th and Inches from Houston’s seven yard line, the Colts decided to go for it, rather than bringing in their kicker for an almost-guarantee seven-point lead. Texans linebacker Whitney Mercilus managed to sack Andrew Luck on 4th down, leaving Indy’s lead at just four points as Houston regained possession of the ball.
The Texans wouldn’t keep the ball for long, however. After an offensive holding call forced a repeated first down, Osweiler threw his first interception of the game. Just like that, the Colts had the ball again, beginning a new set of downs on Houston’s 20-yard line. After a six-yard rush ended the third quarter, the Colts would start with the ball in the fourth on Houston’s 16-yard line, facing 2nd and four.
In the first play of the final quarter, quarterback Andrew Luck scrambled for a 14-yard rushing touchdown. Just seconds into the fourth quarter, the Colts were leading the Texans 20-9.
As the Texans tried to battle back, Lamar Miller had a few solid runs in Houston’s first offensive drive of the fourth quarter. It wasn’t enough to make any real threat, however, and their drive ended with yet another punt. The Colts would take control of the ball once again with an eleven-point lead.
The Texans defense didn’t allow Luck to lead the Colts to another touchdown, but they did get close enough to allow Vinatieri to hit another field goal, giving Indiana a comfortable fourteen-point lead in the fourth quarter.
Lamar Miller and Brock Osweiler turned things up once again, however, and with their backs against the wall, kept Houston in the game. On 3rd and 7, Miller caught a pass and beat more than half of the Colts defense before scoring a touchdown and helping the Texans close the gap to seven points, 23-16.
The Houston defense would step up their game in the following drive, preventing Luck and company from making any real offensive strides. At the two-minute warning, the Colts punter was brought out again and had to kick from his own goal line, giving the Texans a start at their own 48-yard line in what would likely be their final offensive drive of regulation. One big Miller run and two successful Osweiler passes later, Houston was in the end zone again, and the game was tied 23-23 with just seconds left on the clock.
The Colts were unable to convert and had to punt one more time. With just fifteen seconds remaining on the clock, Osweiler downed the ball, sending the game into overtime.
The Indianapolis Colts won the coin toss, allowing them the advantage of receiving the ball first. After five plays, however, they had reached fourth down and decided to punt. The Houston Texans would begin their offensive drive on their own 33-yard line.
Just four plays into their drive, the Texans found themselves on Indy’s 12-yard line. Nick Novak was brought in one final time, and making up for the extra point that he had missed earlier in the game, the Houston kicker split the uprights, giving the Texans an overtime victory and the undisputed spot at the top of the AFC South.
Where To Watch Indianapolis At Houston
The NFL Week 6 matchup between the Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts aired live from NRG Stadium in Houston. The game was televised on NBC beginning at 8:30 p.m. EST. For fans on the road, the game was also broadcast on Westwood One Sports. Additionally, the Texans vs. Colts game can be streamed online with a subscription to NFL GamePass.
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