In preparing to call the Colts-Texans game for CBS, I expected a very good game Sunday and it lived up to the billing.
With four of the last five meetings between these two teams decided by six points or less, Houston and Indianapolis also had to figure the game would be close.
Despite losing 13 of 14 games to the Colts, the Texans weren’t just hoping they could win in Indianapolis. Thanks to so many tight finishes against the Colts, Houston went on the road full of confidence. However, the Texans still showed the kind of early game jitters that can trip up young, talented teams against a veteran Colts squad.
The Texans punted or committed turnovers on five of their six first-half possessions, including a costly fumble inside the red zone by Ryan Moats. Meanwhile, Peyton Manning nearly had 300 yards passing by halftime. Only a 56-yard field goal by Kris Brown to end the half gave the Texans a sense of accomplishment as they trailed 13-3.
Matt Schaub led an 86-yard scoring drive to open the third quarter. The Texans then went on to take the lead in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t hold it. With Houston on the move to regain the lead, linebacker Gary Brackett hit Schaub and Clint Session picked off the pass. That appeared to be Houston’s last chance, but the defense forced a punt and Schaub went to work.
Schaub got the ball inside the Colts’ 30-yard line to set up a potential tying field goal. It appeared the game was headed for overtime when Brown’s 42-yard attempt sailed wide left.
Once again, the Texans lost a close decision to the Colts. Once again, Houston lost at Indy, the eighth straight such defeat.
However, mark your calendars when the two teams meet again in Week 12 down in Houston. The Texans remain confident that they can play with the Colts. Now Houston must prove its good enough to beat Indianapolis.