The Indianapolis Colts went into Sunday’s game on the back of a humiliating loss against one of the their AFC South division rivals in the NFC the Tennessee Titans in week 12. The Colts came up against a strong team who were coming off a big victory over the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving the previous week. There were some strong showings during the 26-20 victory against the Houston Texans and a few poor ones, as well.
TY Hilton did what Hilton always does in the NRG Stadium, took over the game. Hilton was on fire against the Texans Sunday and led the team in receptions, receiving yards and tied for receiving touchdowns. Hilton managed to produce 8 catches for 110 yards and a touchdown. He was a big play machine on Sunday, having 7 plays of over 10 plus yards. Hilton’s dominance against Houston takes his stats against the team, including the postseason, in 18 career games to 98 receptions for 1,732 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Jonathan Taylor’s first game back after being on the Reserve/COVID-19, for the Week 12 game, and he picked up where he left off against the Packers in week 11. Taylor was used sparingly in the first half but the Colts rode him in the second half against the Texans poor rushing defense. Taylor had 5 plays of over 10 yards yesterday both on the ground and through the air. Taylor produced 91 yards on 13 carries and added 3 catches for 44 yards and a touchdown.
The Colts needed a big defensive performance against one of the top quarterbacks in the league in Deshaun Watson. Justin Houston was a massive reason why the Colts won and why the defense shut out Watson in the second half. Houston produced 4 solo tackles, 3 tackles for a loss, 3 sacks, 1 safety and a forced fumble. With that stat line Houston tied only two other players to have the most safeties in NFL history. He also became the fourth player since 2000 with two safeties in a single season. The Colts need more games like Sunday from Houston going forward.
Rock Ya-Sin continues to feature on the stock down list for two weeks in a row. Ya-Sin appeared to start the game as he usually does at the outside corner back position across from Xavier Rhodes but was quickly out snapped by TJ Carrie. Ya-Sin finished the game with only 29 snaps compared to Carrie’s 36. Ya-Sin is in dire need of a bounce back week to regain confidence and progress.
Le’Raven Clark was the replacement left tackle for the Colts this week with Anthony Castonzo suffering from a knee injured he picked up against the Titans in week 12. Clark however managed just 5 offensive snaps before injuring his ankle and was carted off the field. The Colts then had to dig deep into the depth chart and had to use their third left tackle option in Chaz Green. Green did not play well in Clark’s absence, especially in pass blocking, he allowed 2 sacks, 1 hurry and 2 pressures in his 35 pass blocking snaps. The Colts really need to find a better left tackle option if Castonzo can’t play in week 14.