<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Here’s my <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GMCPlaybook?src=hash">#GMCPlaybook</a> challenge for <a href="https://twitter.com/SBNation">@SBNation</a>: Give a warm compliment to this week’s opponent. ‘Tis the season! <a href="http://t.co/gAtZ1l1b73">http://t.co/gAtZ1l1b73</a></p>— Marshall Faulk (@marshallfaulk) <a href="https://twitter.com/marshallfaulk/status/543096167161020416">December 11, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Marshall Faulk's question for us this week:
Tis the season: Reach out and give a warm compliment to this week's opponent. But keep it Professional Grade. This is your chance to tell the other team "I like the way your face looks...when you throw an interception." Or maybe "Thanks for making us feel right at home...in the end zones." Let's see what you've got. Be creative.
Alright, so Marshall Faulk is asking us to "compliment" this week's opponent, the Houston Texans. And we'll gladly do that, though where to begin?
Firstly, the Texans do a very good job at boosting the reputation of the Colts' home field advantage. In each of the last twelve seasons the Texans have played in Indianapolis, and in each of the last twelve seasons the Texans have lost in Indianapolis. In their history, the Texans are 0-12 when playing the Colts in Indy - the location of this weekend's game. Even in 2011, when the Colts entered the game 1-13, the division-leading Texans still couldn't get a win in Indianapolis. Lucas Oil Stadium is considered one of the best venues in the NFL and the Colts' home field advantage is real, and the Texans do a good job of ensuring that the Colts get an extra home win each year to add to that reputation.
Oh, and also, about J.J. Watt. In all seriousness, I think he might be the best player in the NFL right now. He's incredible. And I must compliment the Texans on this: even though they have arguably the NFL's best player and undoubtedly the league's best defensive player, they still manage a defensive unit that ranks 25th in the league in terms of yards per game allowed - that's hard to do and something the Texans are surely worthy of compliments for.
I'll also compliment the Texans for one other thing: they're really good at letting T.Y. Hilton beat them. In just five games against the Texans, Hilton has caught 31 passes for 611 yards and 6 touchdowns. Consider this: in his career Hilton is averaging 122.2 yards and 1.2 touchdowns per game against Houston. Earlier this year against the Texans, Hilton racked up 223 yards and a touchdown on 9 catches. The Texans do a very good job at letting T.Y. Hilton beat them.
What about you? Now's your time to give a "compliment" to the Texans, so don't miss it! Just remember - be respectful and be classy.