The Indianapolis Colts are coming off of their bye week following a huge road victory against the Kansas City Chiefs. Oddly enough, the Houston Texans are coming off a road win against the Chiefs as well. If there’s a game this season that the Colts need to set the tone for the remainder of their year, it’s Week 7 when they host the Texans in a major AFC South battle.
The Colts and Texans are strangely similar in terms of success, and the lack thereof on either side of the ball. Their respective offenses are both rated in the top 10 of the league, despite being completely different in nature, and their defenses are both pretty bad in terms of overall success as well according to drive success rates Football Outsiders.
The Texans are still riding high off of their win in Arrowhead, but the Colts have had some time to come down after theirs due to their bye week. The Colts are going to have to find a way to replace their pass rush that was boosted by Kemoko Turay, otherwise we could see Deshaun Watson running wild if the Colts use more of a man-to-man look to shut down the Texans’ receivers.
This game has a lot to look forward to. Can the Colts limit the impact that guys like J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus have on the offense, and can the return of Darius Leonard give the Colts’ defense the spark they so desperately needed as they hit the home stretch of the season?
Frank Reich will have his hands full designing a game plan for a dangerous Texans’ secondary, and Matt Eberflus will need to follow up his game against the Chiefs with possibly an even better performance from his defense against this Texans’ offense.
Can the Colts take over the AFC South? Or will the Colts have to work back from a two game deficit in the win column throughout the season after this week’s matchup?
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