Biggest key to the game, via Matt Grecco of Stampede Blue:
Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers, on both sides of the ball. The Colts have only played one of their six road games without multiple turnovers, so I guess there's something to knowing how to play even when the odds are stacked against you. The Texans are 5th in the league on both sides in Turnovers, so you shouldn't count on the Colts winning this battle. In fact, getting out with no turnovers would be cause for celebration at this point.
The one advantage the Colts have, via Nick Ragsdale of Stampede Blue:
The Colts do seem to have momentum on their side, however. The Texans laid an egg against the Patriots last week and might be playing a little desperate. The Colts know that they control their own destiny - win out and they win the division. The NFL probably want the Colts to win... That would make the matchup in Week 17 must-see TV.
J.J. Watt v. Andrew Luck, via Paul Kuharsky, ESPN:
The Texans have batted or tipped a league-high 35 passes this season, including 15 by J.J. Watt. Andrew Luck has a league-high 21 passes batted or tipped this season. That’s a major issue to keep an eye on, particularly if the Texans can turn tipped balls into interceptions. Luck has the most drop backs under duress in the fourth quarter this season, but he has handled the pressure. Luck has been his best under duress in the fourth quarter, throwing two touchdowns (as opposed to one in the first three quarters) and no interceptions.
On the lack of pass rush from the Texans, via Clark Judge, CBS Sports:
The Texans' pass rush couldn't get to Tom Brady and suffered the consequences. I have no doubt the same thing happens here if J.J. Watt and Co. can't reach Luck, basically because I don't trust the Houston secondary. Let's not forget that it's not just Brady who dissected these guys; Chad Henne threw four touchdown passes and put up 37 points on them last month, too.