Rarely will you see me write a recap where a 30-17 win feels more like a 'survival' than a domination, but that's what this game felt like. With players dropping left a right for the Colts, the fourth quarter for this game was a lot of stressful than it needed to be.
The positives here are, despite an injury list that seems bigger than the active roster for the Colts, they managed to win a HUGE divisional game against a Texans team that was tasting sweep. Had the Texans won this game, they would most certainly have won the AFC South. But, because of this loss, the Colts are back on top of the South and only one game back of the Patriots for the best record in football.
Another positive: The running game. Mike Hart is now definitely better than Donald Brown. Of Indy's 107 yards rushing, Hart had 84. Hart left the game in the fourth with an apparent ankle injury. Hopefully, he's OK.
There also cannot be enough said about Peyton Manning and Dwight Freeney, the leaders of this team. With so much depth depleted, the big guns on this team needed to step up. Manning had 268 yards and two TDs. Most importantly, no mistakes. No turnovers. Had the Colts committed any turnovers in this contest, they likely lose. The Texans, and their quarterback Matt Schaub, surrendered two critical turnovers, one of a TD off a Kelvin Hayden INT.
The other turnover closed out the game, and it was courtesy of Dwight Freeney. Freeney had two sacks, including a sack-fumble inside one minute to seal the win for Indy.
This game also featured the Colts honoring coach Tony Dungy, placing him in the team's Ring of Honor.
Tomorrow is the full recap. Tonight, it feels good to be 5-2. Go Colts!
Colts Week Eight game ball
RB Mike Hart: 84 rushing yards, 3 catches, 19 yards (626 votes)
DE Dwight Freeney: 2 sacks, 1 FF (344 votes)
LB Clint Session: 8 tackles, 1 sack (69 votes)
TE Jacob Tamme: 6 catches, 68 yards, 1 TD (120 votes)
QB Peyton Manning: 268 yards, 2 TDs (192 votes)
1351 total votes