After Lambeau loss, Houston defends division lead in Indy

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Texans Linebacker Bernardrick McKinney
Dec 20, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Hasselbeck (8) is sacked by Houston Texans linebacker Benardrick McKinney (55) at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Texans won 16-10. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Texans played a decent game in Green Bay on Lambeau field. Decent simply did not cut it enough to earn them a victory. Now standing at 6-6, the Texans are in a three way tie for first place in their division. Houston will be traveling to Indianapolis this weekend in hopes of a turnaround.

The Colts will carry the momentum going into this game considering Houston has dropped three in a row. Indianapolis demolished the Jets last Monday, giving them their third win out of their last four games. Osweiler had ironically kicked his cold streak, playing quite well in the snow at Green Bay. He threw for 202 yards and two touchdowns and no interceptions, but received little help from the running backs.

Lamar Miller and Brock Osweiler never seem to be on the same page. One of these two seems to show up to the game, while the other is no where statistically found benefiting the team. Miller only had 22 yards on a total of 14 carries, which is significantly lower than his season average. Jonathan Grimes’ 43 yards on just five carries became more of a factor than Miller.


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Texans have it figured out on defense… for the most part. When they travel to Indy, they have the benefit of playing a shaky offense. Not only are the Colts shaky on offense, their offensive line and defense is known to be the teams biggest issue.The Colts are sprinkled with absolute talent at the skilled offensive positions. They have a great quarterback and great wide receivers, but its a well known fact that Andrew Luck has taken more hits than any other quarterback this year. Even without Watt, Houston can capitalize on this.

Besides bringing a team that plays together as a team with all parts working at 100%, Houston knows the other biggest factor in them playing successfully is their receivers. Braxton Miller went down, which shouldn’t affect Houston dramatically, but it could bring pressure to Hopkins. DeAndre Hopkins was the only wide receiver to haul in a touchdown catch, but Will Fuller had a big day as well. These two receivers have to provide a lot of space for Osweiler to throw in order to have a successful game.

One thing we wont see the Texans worrying about is their special teams. Shane Lechler pinned Aaron Rodgers down inside the 20 twice. This really put the Texans in a great position to bring the hammer down, which didn’t happen. Despite Green Bay giving up a loss to the Colts at Lambeau field, the Packers appear to be the more consistent of the two teams. The entire AFC South division is inconsistent, making this game absolutely unpredictable. The Colts have been on a winning trend, but have been known to blow early leads similar to the one that had over the Texans in Houston earlier this year.

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