Texans ready to battle Colts for division lead
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The winner of Sunday’s matchup between the Houston Texans and the Indianapolis Colts takes control of the AFC South. The loser will probably struggle to catch up for the remainder of the season.
So, no pressure, guys.
You could argue that it’s just another game, that all games are important. True, but recent history puts emphasis on this particular matchup. In the last four years, the winner of this mid-December game between the Texans and the Colts has won the AFC South title.
So, no pressure, guys.
“It certainly feels like a playoff game,” Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler said. “I know personally our football team knows how important this game is. We know that it’s a must-win game if we want to accomplish the goals that we set out.”
While both teams have a good incentive to win this week, the Colts may have more. They’ve been playing catch-up all season after dropping their first two games, and they may have some momentum going as they’ve won three of the last four games. Also, the Colts will be looking to avenge their overtime loss to the Texans on Oct. 23. They had a 14-point lead with three minutes left in the game and ending up blowing it.
“Do I think about what happened before? Hell yeah,” Colts safety Mike Adams said. “I don’t need a refresher on that. We had that game. We know we had it. There’s no need to sugarcoat it. We have to have it this weekend. We need it back.”
A win this week will help make up for that embarrassing loss and give Houston its fourth straight loss. The deciding factor in this matchup will most likely be the quarterbacks. Andrew Luck has led Indianapolis to three wins in the last four games, while Houston’s Brock Osweiler still isn’t living up to expectations.
Luck has thrown for 2,827 yards and 19 touchdowns this season while completing 62.9 percent of his pass attempts. He’s had to carry a team before and has done well. Osweiler, on the other hand, is in his first season as a starting quarterback and has 13 interceptions to 14 touchdowns this season. The Texans as a team are only averaging 17.3 points per game compared to the Colts’ 25.9.
This one won’t be pretty. Both teams are going to put up a good fight, but only one will come out at the top of the division.