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2020 NFL Week 13: Colts vs. Texans second half open thread: Colts lead 24-20

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FIRST HALF THOUGHTS

Welcome back T.Y. Hilton! Leave it to the Texans to bring the ghost back to life. Hilton has seven receptions for 100 yards and a touchdown in just the first half. Houston has no answer for how cover him to this point in the game and look for Frank Reich and Philip Rivers to continue exploiting the advantage until they do.

It’s somewhat surprising that the Colts running game hasn’t been more active. The offense has been able to get big plays and move the ball but the defense again has come out slow in the first half. If the defense can regroup and start putting the clamps on in the second half, it would bode well and likely lead to a more active ground game.

Another key to keeping the lead and pressuring Houston in the second half is completing sacks and getting production out of quarterback pressures. Deshaun Watson is incredible when he is scrambling and dangerous out of the pocket. If the rush can keep him inside and force him to throw in traffic of get him on the ground, the Texans do not have a lot of other weapons or options to take the game over offensively.

Second half adjustments will be key in this one on both sides of the ball. What will Reich and Rivers do to start the second half? Which running back will be leaned on most? Who will slow down Keke Coutee and how will Matt Eberflus fix the breakdown in deep coverage that has plagued the Colts when the pass rush doesn’t land?