For the first time in what seems like a millennium, the Colts actually won a game in which they were leading in the fourth quarter. The Colts topped the Deshaun Watson-less Texans 20-14 to improve to 3-6. This one came down to the final play of the game, where the Colts defensive line came in clutch and forced a strip sack on Tom Savage. This was a revenge game of sorts, as the Colts choked away two games against Houston last season. The Colts looked in control through three and a half quarters, before allowing Savage to channel his inner Watson. Tom Savage threw for over 100 yards and a score in the fourth. This Colts team is lucky to come out with a W in this one.
The Colts controlled the game in the first half bar a strip sack for a touchdown returned by Lamarr Houston. The Colts led 10-0 before the strip sack, and then led 20-7 three minutes into the fourth quarter after the longest field goal of the season for Vinny. Jabaal Sheard continued his stellar season, recording two sacks, one being the game winner, and four QB hits. This Colt secondary was excellent during the first half, nearly collapsed in the second, but held strong in the red zone at the end of the game when it mattered the most.
Jacoby Brissett had another solid game with few mistakes. Brissett threw for 308 yards and two scores with a 122.6 passer rating. The Texan defensive line sacked Jacoby Brissett three times, but that was mostly because of Brissett holding onto the ball too long, and not the fault of the offensive line. Frank Gore had another solid game for the millionth time in a row, toting the rock 17 times for 51 yards. Nothing spectacular, but enough to get the job done. I have no clue how he is still able to carry the ball this many times at this age with no major injuries. Mr. Reliable (Jack Doyle) snagged eight of his nine targets for 63 yards.
Game Ball: T.Y. Hilton
I referenced a stat in last week’s recap which is that in the games that the Colts win this season, T.Y. Hilton plays exceptionally well. It is safe to say that the trend continued today. Hilton lit up the Texans’ secondary for 175 yards and two touchdowns on only five, yes five, catches! Hilton caught a 45 yard dime from Jacoby Brissett in the 1st, and ran for 80 yards on a magical, Marvin Harrison like run in which he appeared to be down, but was never touched. Hilton is the x-factor the Colts need, and he came up big this week.
The Colts have now given up six defensive touchdowns, which is the most in the NFL. Six penalties for 68 yards is one less than last week, but still far too many.
The Colts take on the mighty Pittsburgh Steelers in an AFC clash next week.