INDIANAPOLIS — The Houston Texans strolled into Indianapolis sitting on prime of the AFC South and with an MVP candidate in quarterback Deshaun Watson.
But by the time the game ended, the Colts have been on prime of the division, led by Jacoby Brissett, who had a profession efficiency significantly less than two months following their franchise quarterback all of a sudden retired.
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The Colts won their third straight game more than the Texans, this a single 30-23, sending a message to the rest of the AFC that they can not be overlooked.
The schedule is in the Colts’ favor to make a run and get some distance in the division following back-to-back victories more than Kansas City and the Texans.
Indianapolis does not face a group with a winning record once again till it travels to Houston for a rematch against the Texans on Nov. 21. The Colts’ subsequent 4 games are against Denver, at Pittsburgh, against Miami and Jacksonville.
The Colts entered Sunday as a run-oriented offense, obtaining rushed for at least 167 yards in 3 of their initial 5 games. But as coach Frank Reich has regularly shown, he’s not predictable when it comes to creating a game program.
Reich proved that on the initial series when Brissett dropped back to pass nine instances on their 12-play, 95-yard drive that ended with a Zach Pascal touchdown reception. That was their second-highest dropback price on an opening drive this season, according to ESPN Stats & Facts.
What Sunday proved is that the Colts are not a a single-dimensional group, and they’re capable of winning in any way doable. Brissett, who became the team’s beginning quarterback following Luck’s retirement, was 26-of-39 for a profession-higher 325 yards with 4 touchdown passes. Brissett has 14 touchdown passes in six games this season, which surpasses the 13 touchdown passes he had in 15 games throughout the 2017 season.
Promising trend: The Colts held down a scrambling quarterback capable of beating teams with his feet and arm for the second straight game. Two weeks following holding Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes to a profession low in points, the Colts sacked Watson 3 instances and picked him off twice. Linebacker Darius Leonard, who missed the prior games with a concussion, returned and sealed the victory when he intercepted Watson off a tipped pass with significantly less than a minute remaining. Houston entered Sunday sixth in total offense (396.eight yards per game), eighth in points per game (27.) and ninth in time of possession (31:21) in the NFL. The Colts restricted the Texans to two-of-five in the red zone. 1 of these stops occurred following the Texans recovered a Brissett fumble at Indianapolis’ four-yard line. The defense held the Texans to a field target on that drive.
Get this breakout efficiency: The Colts have been browsing for a No. two accurate receiver – not tight finish Eric Ebron – to go with T.Y. Hilton. Pascal stepped up to the challenge with six receptions for a profession-higher 106 yards and two touchdowns. Pascal has been a constant blocker all season, but Sunday was about obtaining a profession day as a receiver. His prior profession higher was 72 yards against Oakland in Week four. Locating consistency to go with Hilton at receiver has been a struggle for the Colts. Rookie Parris Campbell (abdominal) and veteran Devin Funchess (clavicle) are each out of the lineup due to injuries. About the only issue Pascal did incorrect Sunday was that he missed a wide-open Nyheim Hines on a pass try in the fourth quarter.