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2018 Opponent Scouting Report: Texans special teams and a prediction

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NFL: New York Giants at Houston Texans Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Overview

On September 30, 2018 the Indianapolis Colts will host the Houston Texans. In this week four match-up I sought to understand our opponent and get a better idea of how they may attack our new look Colts.

The Texans finished 2017 with 4 wins and 12 losses, in what was only their third losing season in the last decade. The last time these two teams faced off the Texans and Colts were both missing their franchise quarterbacks. In the week of practice leading up to the two teams first matchup of 2017, rookie phenom quarterback Deshaun Watson went down with a torn ACL three days before the game, leaving no time for the coaches to adjust the gamplan. As a result, half of the 2017 Indianapolis Colts wins came against the Houston Texans. This year both starting quarterbacks are expected to play in this one, hopefully the results are the same as last season.

Let’s figure out what we can expect in week four.


Kicker:

Houston Texans v Kansas City Chiefs Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images

Ka’imi Fairbairn is 6 for 7 on field goal attempts with a long of 54 yards, while also being 5 for 5 on PAT’s. Fairbairn is a young kicker who has shown real promise.

I don’t believe this game comes down to a battle of special teams but the Texans are in good but not great hands if it does come to that.


Punter:

Trevor Daniel is an undrafted rookie out of Tennessee. So far he’s averaging 42.2 yards per punt. What do you say about a guy who has 13 career punts?

I’m actually asking, I have no idea what to say about the guy? I hope he shanks at least one punt this week.


Returner:

NFL: Houston Texans at Kansas City Chiefs Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

I knew a girl in college named Tyler Ervin, she may have spelled it different, I’m not sure. She always seemed to be around and she usually had a good time. I hope Tyler is doing well.

This Tyler Ervin is having a good year as a returner averaging more than 28 yards per kick return and 10 yards per punt return. Hopefully he doesn’t have much success on Sunday but I really just hope we keep him out of the end zone.


Final Thoughts for The Week:

The Houston Texans shouldn’t be 0-3. They’re better than that. They’ve caught a few bad breaks and are sitting in last place in the AFC South. The Colts can’t overlook this team or they will lose to a team they shouldn’t lose to.

The Texans are beatable but they aren’t bad, this is going to be a tough game but luckily it’s in Indy and despite having the (slightly) better record I think the way the Colts lost last week should motivate them to prepare well for this Texans team.


Prediction

Colts 27

Texans 17