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Colts Cast: Colts Largely Dominate Watson-less Texans in 20-14 Victory

The Colts victory over the Texans wasn’t nearly as close as the final score would suggest, but they were still lucky to come out with a divisional victory in Week 9

The Indianapolis Colts were able to put together enough offense and some improved defense Sunday in order to secure a 20-14 victory against the Houston Texans. The Texans were without their offensive leader, Deshaun Watson, and it certainly showed as Tom Savage struggled to complete much of anything especially early in the game.

The Colts defense was solid in coverage, and created enough of a pass rush to keep the Texans playmakers minimized allowing only 7 offensive points for the game. T.Y. Hilton showed that he’s absolutely a No. 1 receiver in the league after coming off of some difficult games of late catching 2 touchdowns en-route to 175 yards for the day.

Jabaal Sheard was a playmaker for the Colts defensively notching 2 sacks and adding some quality run support, while the Colts secondary did their job with 10 passes defensed. The Colts achieved 8 QB hits, held the Texans to 94 yards on the ground as well, and most of those were earned with 6 or more defenders in coverage.

Jacoby Brissett was up and down, Marlon Mack was still underutilized and Donte Moncrief only saw 2 targets while Jack Doyle was the security blanket once again. The offense has some work that needs to be done, but all in all the Colts played a quality game for the most part.

The story we’re all waiting to hear about is the reason behind leaving veteran cornerback Vontae Davis behind with no injury designation and the coaching staff being evasive in the post game presser and only offering that it was a ‘coaching decision.’

In the meantime, the Colts are one victory closer to remaining relevant in the division and still have a rough road ahead of them facing several top-10 NFL defenses throughout the second half of their season.

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