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Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston Texans Pick & Prediction DEC 6TH 2020

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Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston Texans Recap DEC 6TH 2020

Deshaun Watson threw two scoring passes to DeAndre Hopkins, and the Houston Texans reclaimed sole possession of first place in the AFC South with a 20-17 victory over the visiting Indianapolis Colts on Thursday.

Watson passed for 298 yards with touchdowns of 35 and 30 yards to Hopkins, who finished with six catches for 94 yards for the Texans (7-4). Indianapolis (6-5) had won three consecutive games in Houston including in the wild-card round to eliminate the Texans last postseason.

The second Watson-to-Hopkins connection erased a 17-13 deficit with 12:43 left in the fourth quarter. Houston trailed 17-10 early in the third before Watson completed a 51-yard pass to Will Fuller that set up a 36-yard Ka'imi Fairbairn field goal with 2:47 left in the quarter. Fuller had seven catches for 140 yards.

The Colts appeared primed for a season sweep of their division rivals after mounting two touchdown drives that featured a combined 17 rushing plays over 18 total snaps. Indianapolis' dominance on the ground was exemplified by Jonathan Williams' 13-yard scoring run with 5:36 left in the third quarter, a play in which Williams bulldozed Texans linebacker Benardrick McKinney before sidestepping cornerback Johnathan Joseph and dashing into the end zone.

Williams rushed for 104 yards on 26 carries while the Colts totaled 175 rushing yards. But the Texans held Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett to 129 passing yards and saddled him with his first loss against Houston in five career starts with the Colts and New England Patriots.

Having mustered only 29 yards in the first quarter, the Colts capitalized on a break early in the second when Jabaal Sheard tipped a Watson pass intended for Fuller that Kenny Moore picked off at the Houston 42-yard line. Seven plays, all on the ground, later, Brissett scampered in for a 5-yard touchdown that provided Indianapolis a 7-3 lead with 4:28 remaining in the first half.

The interception was the first for Watson at NRG Stadium in 10 games.

The Texans responded quickly in reclaiming the lead, with Watson and Hopkins connecting on their first scoring strike to cap a seven-play, 75-yard drive.

Houston's 10-7 lead didn't last long, though, as the Colts skillfully used their three timeouts while covering 58 yards over 10 plays. Adam Vinatieri hit a 36-yard field goal as the half expired as the teams entered the break deadlocked.

--Field Level Media

Anthony Walker recovered a fumble with 1:22 left and the visiting Indianapolis Colts escaped with a tense 26-20 victory over the Houston Texans on Sunday at NRG Stadium.

Texans center Nick Martin handcuffed quarterback Deshaun Watson with a bad snap on second down at the Indianapolis 2-yard line and Walker pounced on the loose football to seal the victory and lift the Colts (8-4) into a first-place tie with Tennessee atop the AFC South.

Watson passed for 341 yards but had a hand in both Houston (4-8) turnovers. Kenny Moore stripped a pass from Brandin Cooks with 54 seconds left in the third quarter for the first interception of Watson since Week 5 against Jacksonville.

The Colts sacked Watson five times, with Justin Houston notching his third in the end zone for a safety that spotted the Colts a 26-20 lead with 6:02 left. That play followed the Colts' failed 4th-and-1 run at the Houston 5 where Nyheim Hines was stopped by Texans linebackers Zach Cunningham and Tyrell Adams.

The Texans, depleted at receiver, got 141 yards on eight receptions from Keke Coutee and five catches and 101 yards from Chad Hansen, who was elevated from the practice squad.

Philip Rivers completed 27-of-35 for 285 yards and two touchdowns for the Colts, and Jonathan Taylor added 91 rushing yards on 13 carries.

The first half was an offensive extravaganza with the two teams combining for 502 yards.

Rivers hit T.Y. Hilton for a 21-yard scoring pass for a 7-0 lead at the 9:52 mark of the first quarter. The Texans responded as Watson beat a blitz and completed a 64-yard pass to Coutee before scrambling 11 yards for a touchdown that knotted the contest.

The Colts took a 14-10 leads on a 5-yard Hines scoring run, then extended to a 21-10 lead by converting a 4th-and-4 via Rivers' 39-yard touchdown pass to Jonathan Taylor on a wheel route.

Houston repsponded with a 6-yard David Johnson touchdown run and added a 52-yard Ka'imi Fairbairn field goal with eight seconds left that cut the deficit to 24-20 at the half.

Indianapolis' point total was a season high for the first half. Hilton posted 110 yards on eight catches for his first 100-yard game since Dec. 23, 2018.

--Field Level Media

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Indianapolis Colts

Houston Texans

Player Position Lineup
Mo Alie-Cox primary: Tight End Starter
Denico Autry primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Jack Doyle primary: Tight End Starter
Zaire Franklin primary: Strong Outside Linebacker Starter
Mark Glowinski primary: Right Guard Starter
T.Y. Hilton primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Justin Houston primary: Defensive End Starter
Ryan Kelly primary: Center Starter
Darius Leonard primary: Weak Linebacker Starter
Kenny Moore II primary: Nose Guard Starter
Quenton Nelson primary: Left Guard Starter
Braden Smith primary: Right Tackle Starter
Grover Stewart primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Anthony Walker primary: Middle Linebacker Starter
DeForest Buckner primary: Defensive End Starter
Philip Rivers primary: Quarterback Starter
Le'Raven Clark primary: Left Tackle Starter
Xavier Rhodes primary: Cornerback Starter
Trey Burton primary: Tight End Starter
Jonathan Taylor primary: Fullback Starter
Julian Blackmon primary: Free Safety Starter
Tavon Wilson primary: Safety Starter
Matthew Adams primary: Linebacker Substitution
Jacoby Brissett primary: Quarterback Substitution
Ashton Dulin primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Nyheim Hines primary: Runningback Substitution
Marcus Johnson primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Tyquan Lewis primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Al-Quadin Muhammad primary: Defensive End Substitution
George Odum primary: Safety Substitution
Zach Pascal primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Luke Rhodes primary: Long Snapper Substitution
E.J. Speed primary: Linebacker Substitution
Kemoko Turay primary: Defensive End Substitution
Jordan Wilkins primary: Runningback Substitution
Rock Ya-Sin primary: Cornerback Substitution
T.J. Carrie primary: Cornerback Substitution
Michael Pittman Jr. primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Danny Pinter primary: Guard Substitution
Isaiah Rodgers primary: Cornerback Substitution
Jordan Glasgow primary: Linebacker Substitution
Rodrigo Blankenship primary: Kicker Substitution
DeMichael Harris primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Taylor Stallworth primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Tremon Smith primary: Cornerback Substitution
Chaz Green primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Ryan Allen primary: Punter Substitution
Ben Banogu primary: Defensive End Not active
Anthony Castonzo primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
Bobby Okereke primary: Linebacker Not active
Rigoberto Sanchez primary: Punter Not active
Khari Willis primary: Safety Not active
Jacob Eason primary: Quarterback Not active
Dezmon Patmon primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Joey Hunt primary: Center Did not play
Player Position Lineup
Tyrell Adams primary: Linebacker Starter
Keke Coutee primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Zach Cunningham primary: Linebacker Starter
Darren Fells primary: Tight End Starter
Zach Fulton primary: Right Guard Starter
Phillip Gaines primary: Cornerback Starter
Tytus Howard primary: Right Tackle Starter
Duke Johnson primary: Runningback Starter
Nick Martin primary: Center Starter
Whitney Mercilus primary: Linebacker Starter
Charles Omenihu primary: Defensive End Starter
Justin Reid primary: Safety Starter
Max Scharping primary: Left Guard Starter
Laremy Tunsil primary: Left Tackle Starter
Carlos Watkins primary: Defensive End Starter
Deshaun Watson primary: Quarterback Starter
J.J. Watt primary: Defensive End Starter
Brandon Dunn primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
David Johnson primary: Runningback Starter
Eric Murray primary: Safety Starter
Vernon Hargreaves III primary: Cornerback Starter
Brandin Cooks primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Jordan Akins primary: Tight End Substitution
Bryan Anger primary: Punter Substitution
Cornell Armstrong primary: Cornerback Substitution
Keion Crossen primary: Cornerback Substitution
Ka'imi Fairbairn primary: Kicker Substitution
Buddy Howell primary: Runningback Substitution
Lonnie Johnson Jr. primary: Safety Substitution
Peter Kalambayi primary: Inside Linebacker Substitution
Senio Kelemete primary: Guard Substitution
Jacob Martin primary: Outside Linebacker Substitution
Steven Mitchell primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
A.J. Moore Jr. primary: Safety Substitution
Kahale Warring primary: Tight End Substitution
Jon Weeks primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Nate Hall primary: Linebacker Substitution
Brent Qvale primary: Guard Substitution
Ross Blacklock primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Jonathan Greenard primary: Outside Linebacker Substitution
John Reid primary: Cornerback Substitution
Scottie Phillips primary: Runningback Substitution
Chad Hansen primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Pharaoh Brown primary: Tight End Substitution
Corey Liuget primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Kyle Emanuel primary: Linebacker Substitution
Roderick Johnson primary: Offensive Tackle Did not play
AJ McCarron primary: Quarterback Did not play
Charlie Heck primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
Isaiah Coulter primary: Wide Receiver Not active
C.J. Prosise primary: Runningback Not active
Josh McCown primary: Quarterback Not active
Nate Orchard primary: Defensive End Not active
Hjalte Froholdt primary: Offensive Guard Not active
Andrew Brown primary: Defensive Tackle Not active

Indianapolis Colts

Houston Texans

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 5 Yards
    • Rusher: Nyheim Hines
    • Conv Kicker: Rodrigo Blankenship
  • MIN 4
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 52 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Ka'imi Fairbairn
  • MIN 7
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 11 Yards
    • Rusher: Deshaun Watson
    • Conv Kicker: Ka'imi Fairbairn
  • MIN 9
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 21 Yards
    • Passer: Philip Rivers
    • Pass Receiver: T.Y. Hilton
    • Conv Kicker: Rodrigo Blankenship
  • Period 2
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 34 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Ka'imi Fairbairn
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 42 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Rodrigo Blankenship
  • MIN 4
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 6 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Ka'imi Fairbairn
    • Rusher: David Johnson
  • MIN 9
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 39 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Jonathan Taylor
    • Conv Kicker: Rodrigo Blankenship
    • Passer: Philip Rivers
  • Period 4
  • MIN 6
    • scoring-play
    • Safety
    • Sack in end zone
    • Safety Passer: Deshaun Watson
    • Safety Sacker: Justin Houston
  • Match End

GAMES

Last 10

W 60% L 40%
6 4
  • @Buffalo L 24 - 27
  • Jacksonville W 14 - 28
  • @Pittsburgh L 24 - 28
  • Houston W 20 - 27
  • @Las Vegas W 44 - 27
  • @Houston W 26 - 20
  • Tennessee L 45 - 26
  • Green Bay W 31 - 34
  • @Tennessee W 34 - 17
  • Baltimore L 24 - 10
W 30% L 70%
3 7
  • Tennessee L 41 - 38
  • Cincinnati L 37 - 31
  • @Indianapolis L 20 - 27
  • @Chicago L 7 - 36
  • Indianapolis L 26 - 20
  • @Detroit W 41 - 25
  • New England W 20 - 27
  • @Cleveland L 7 - 10
  • @Jacksonville W 27 - 25
  • Green Bay L 35 - 20

Last Meetings

  • Texans @ Colts 20-27
  • Colts @ Texans 26-20
  • Colts @ Texans 17-20
  • Texans @ Colts 23-30
  • Colts @ Texans 21-7
  • Colts @ Texans 24-21
  • Texans @ Colts 37-34
  • Texans @ Colts 13-22
  • Colts @ Texans 20-14
  • Texans @ Colts 22-17

American Football Conference

AFC EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Buffalo Bills133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-29-0-1
Miami Dolphins106 0.6253.00.00.0 5-35-37-0-3
New England Patriots79 0.4386.00.00.0 5-32-65-0-5
New York Jets214 0.12511.00.00.0 1-71-72-0-8
AFC NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Pittsburgh Steelers124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-36-0-4
Baltimore Ravens115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Cleveland Browns115 0.6881.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Cincinnati Bengals411 1.2677.50.00.0 3-51-63-1-7
AFC SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Indianapolis Colts115 0.6880.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Tennessee Titans115 0.6880.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Houston Texans412 0.2507.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Jacksonville Jaguars115 0.06310.00.00.0 1-70-81-0-10
AFC WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Kansas City Chiefs142 0.8750.00.00.0 6-28-09-0-1
Las Vegas Raiders88 0.5006.00.00.0 2-66-25-0-5
Los Angeles Chargers79 0.4387.00.00.0 4-43-55-0-5
Denver Broncos511 0.3139.00.00.0 2-63-53-0-7

National Football Conference

NFC EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Washington Football Team79 0.4380.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
New York Giants610 0.3751.00.00.0 3-53-55-0-5
Dallas Cowboys610 0.3751.00.00.0 4-42-64-0-6
Philadelphia Eagles411 1.2672.50.00.0 3-41-73-1-7
NFC NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Green Bay Packers133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-28-0-2
Chicago Bears88 0.5005.00.00.0 3-55-33-0-7
Minnesota Vikings79 0.4386.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Detroit Lions511 0.3138.00.00.0 1-74-42-0-8
NFC SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
New Orleans Saints124 0.7500.00.00.0 6-26-28-0-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-27-0-3
Carolina Panthers511 0.3137.00.00.0 2-63-52-0-8
Atlanta Falcons412 0.2508.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
NFC WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Seattle Seahawks124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-37-0-3
Los Angeles Rams106 0.6252.00.00.0 6-24-46-0-4
Arizona Cardinals88 0.5004.00.00.0 4-44-44-0-6
San Francisco 49ers610 0.3756.00.00.0 1-75-33-0-7

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