DeForest Buckner vs. Nick Martin
Well, even on a snap count, Buckner managed to tear the Texans’ offensive line apart, racking up 3 sacks, 4 QB hits, and a forced fumble. Buckner abused Houston when he was on the field, and his ability to generate pressure from the inside was the main reason why the Colts were able to jump out to an early lead.
T.Y. Hilton vs. Texans’ depleted secondary
Hilton was double covered throughout the course of the game, as it looks like the Texans have finally learned their lesson. The Ghost did manage to get a key long reception to set up the Colts’ eventual game-winning score.
Colts O-Line vs. J.J. Watt
With Castonzo back the Colts’ offensive line is finally starting to perform as expected for such a talented unit. Yesterday the Colts managed to keep Rivers clean throughout the game while also opening up massive holes for both Taylor and Hines. Sure, Watt made his presence felt on several plays, but he was not nearly as disruptive as the last matchup.
Rock Ya-Sin vs. Brandin Cooks
T.J. Carrie ended up playing a lot more than Ya-Sin, on what is starting to look like a lost season for Rock. He just never adjusted to the Colts scheme and is flagged way too many times. Carrie has been playing well on the outside, but the Colts will be heavily invested in the cornerback market this upcoming off-season.
Jonathan Taylor vs. Texans’ Run Defense
JT was once again dominant, as he does not need plenty of touches to make his mark. Taylor’s vision has been excellent, and his tackle-breaking ability has also massively improved. Taylor and Hines are a formidable 1-2 punch, that could anchor the Colts offense for years to come.