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Key Match-ups Revisited: Colts Vs. Texans Week 7

The Colts have now won two in a row after a quality win against a division rival. This was mainly a team win, but there were some individual matchups the Colts won that were crucial.

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Justin Houston and Jabaal Sheard Vs. Texans’ tackles

With Texans starting right tackle Tytus Howard out for several weeks with a knee injury, Houston’s revamped O-line suffered a big blow, and Justin Houston capitalized on that. With a favorable matchup in front of him, Houston delivered and had his second consecutive excellent game as a Colt, racking up two sacks. Sheard was lined up in front of left tackle Laremy Tunsil for most of the game, and had a solid game against one of the League’s best left tackles. Getting in Watson’s face was critical to win this game, and the Colts defensive line delivered.

T.Y Hilton Vs. Johnathan Joseph

Let’s get real, we all knew T.Y was going to have a good game against the Texans, as there are only 3 certain things in life: Death, taxes, and T.Y Hilton owning Houston. Hilton hauled in 6 catches for 74 yards and once again had a red-zone touchdown. It is incredible how Hilton has transformed his game and is now, for the first time in his career, a red-zone threat. He might have lost some of his top-end speed, but he more than has made up for it by perfecting his route running, and is now one of the top receivers in the NFL.

Braden Smith and Mark Glowinski Vs. J.J Watt

Even though the stat sheet says Brissett was not sacked in the game, it also says J.J Watt had an astounding 6 quarterback hits. Watt absolutely abused the right side of the Colts offensive line and was in the backfield all day long. He is an elite player so it would be unreasonable to expect the Colts to completely shut him down, but they have to figure out a way to at least slow him down.

Pierre Desir Vs. DeAndre Hopkins

Desir has been excellent against DeAndre Hopkins in the past, but on Sunday he surely was not. Hopkins had 9 receptions for 106 yards and a touchdown, and would have had two scores had it not been for a questionable decision that went the Colts’ way. Desir was not fully healthy heading into the game, but given how thin the Colts are in the secondary, he had to play anyway, and it did not work out well.