Colts Survive Shaky Second Half to Outlast Texans

Andrew Luck and Peyton Manning after end of football gameIn Thursday Night Football for Week 6, the Colts played the Texans at the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. The Colts were able survive a 4th quarter full of action against the Texans to win the game 33-28.

The Colts now 4-2 (1st AFC South) and the Texans now 3-3 (2nd AFC South) in the first half of the game were surprised with the scoring of Indianapolis as the scored 24 points, and then were only able to score a FG in the 2nd quarter and 2 FG’s in the 3rd quarter, and were shutout in the 4th with their final score 33.

The Texans were unable to score in the 1st quarter, but scored 2 touchdowns in the 2nd and 1 TD in both the 3rd and 4th quarters for a final score of 28 which was just not enough.

Statistically, the Colts outscored the Texans also as they had 27 first downs from 82 total plays with 456 total yards, 363 passing and 93 rushing with 2 turnovers (1 interception and 1 fumble lost). The Texans has 18 first downs from 52 plays and 332 total yards, with 196 passing and 136 rushing with 2 fumbles lost.

Individual leaders were: for the Colts, QB Luck completed 25 of 44 passes for 370 yards and 3 touchdowns with 1 interception and sacked 3 times. RB’s Richardson & Bradshaw combined for 28 carries for 75 yards with Richardson scoring 1 TD and Receivers Hilton & Allen had 12 receptions combined for 272 yards with Hilton scoring a TD. For the Texans QB Fitzpatrick completed 15 of 23 for 212 yards with 1 TD while being sacked 5 times. RB’s Foster & Blue had 23 carries for a combined 131 yards with Foster scoring 2 touchdowns while Receivers Johnson & Johnson had a combined 10 receptions for 172 yards with Johnson scoring 1 TD.

The Texans in the 3rd quarter were coming close when RB Foster went wide and into the end zone untouched and the brought the Texans to within 6 points at 27-21. Then later in the 3rd quarter the Colts QB Luck under pressure threw a TD pass to Hilton for 33 yards, and their 2 point conversion failed, bringing score to 33-21. The Texans after that were only able to manage another 7 points with the game ending Colts 33 Texans 28.

Interesting game notes, in that the Texans special team player Lechler set a new franchise record with 71 yard punt return that took place in the games 3rd quarter. Then WR Andre Johnson ended the game with 99 yards, which gave him a career total of 13,080 yards in receptions, which makes him the 15th player in the history of the NFL to go over the 13,000 yard mark.

The next week for those that bet on NFL at the offshore sportbook, the Colts 4-2 are playing at home against the Cincinnati Bengals 3-1 (1st AFC North) on Sunday the 19th of October. The Texans, now 3-3, next Sunday the 19th, play at the Pittsburgh Steelers 3-2 (2nd AFC North) at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.