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2020 NFL Week 15: Texans vs. Colts second half open thread: Colts lead 14-10

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The Colts opened the game with great offensive rhythm and looked like they were ready to put the game away early. A defensive breakdown led to an easy touchdown for the Texans in the second quarter, closing the gap. The famously generous “prevent” defense did the rest as Indianapolis graciously helped to escort the Texans’ offense down the field for an easy score to end the first half. At least the defense held Houston to only a field goal.

Perhaps the most interesting facet of the early game is that there hasn’t been much of a focal point for the Colts offensively outside of spreading the ball around. T.Y. Hilton has been on fire recently but has two receptions on only two targets in the first half of this one. Fellow receiver Zach Pascal has been Rivers’ primary target through the air, as well as check downs to running backs and tight ends.

Michael Pittman Jr. has been silent to this point, expect that to change in the second half.

The Colts are clearly the better team and need to make sure they look like it in the second half. The pass rush is getting to Deshaun Watson but there are too many instances of miscommunication in the secondary, particularly in the first halves of games this season.

Matt Eberflus has consistently made great half-time adjustments to fix issues. It will be interesting to see what he does to keep this game under control. The offense should try to stretch its legs in the second half, unleashing Hilton and getting Taylor going.