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2019 NFL Week 12: Colts vs Texans Second Half Open Thread — Tied at 10 apiece

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NFL: Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Indianapolis Colts are playing in arguably the most important game of their season. A win today will give the Colts a sweep of the Texans and put them alone on top of the division. A loss, evens the series between the two teams and gives Houston the division lead heading into the home stretch.

To this point, the game has frankly not gone as I might have otherwise anticipated. The Texans are without J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney. They are without almost every starter in the secondary. They should be ripe for exploitation through the air.

Instead, the Colts are bludgeoning them on the ground as they did a week ago. They’re going right after D.J. Reader, one of the better run stuffing nose tackles in the league. They’re not really focusing much of the offense on T.Y. Hilton who has been used more as a decoy than as a weapon to this point.

At this point, the question becomes, do the Colts have any juice in the passing game to take advantage of a weakened Texans secondary? Does the Colts defense have some other turnovers and tricks up its sleeve or will they make embarrassing mistakes like Malik Hooker did on the DeAndre Hopkins touchdown?

Winning this second half would go a long way for the Colts playoff aspirations this season. Let’s see what Frank Reich has in store to get the offense going.