Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans 10/9/14 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: Indianapolis Colts 33
Kicking off the Week 6 action on “Thursday Night Football,” we had a very intriguing matchup between the Colts and the Texans. Indianapolis was coming into this one fresh off a seven-point win over the Ravens in Week 5, while the Texans lost a close one to the Cowboys in an intrastate battle.
Let’s take a closer look at the stats and key players from this one so we can determine exactly why things played out the way they did. Afterward we’ll take a look forward to Week 7 to see what’s in store for both teams.
What Happened: This one started out like all the other Thursday games this season have been--in blowout fashion--but as the game wore on, it got much more interesting. Indianapolis started out hot with a monstrous first quarter, keyed up by an Adam Vinatieri 27-yard field goal that got things going. After that came scoring plays by Trent Richardson (5-yard run), Ahmad Bradshaw (5-yard pass) and Coby Fleener (4-yard pass). The end result was a 24-0 Colts edge after one.
Houston mounted a comeback in the second, with a brilliant Andre Johnson TD catch from four yards out from QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. Arian Foster added a nifty 12-yard run and the Texans were back in it. Indy posted a field goal late in the half to make it 27-14.
In the third, Foster struck again on a 2-yard run to cut the lead to six. On the next drive, however, Andrew Luck and company reasserted themselves with a 33-yard pass to T.Y. Hilton. The conversion failed, and it was 33-21 heading into the final quarter.
The Texans posted an unexpected score on a J.J. Watt fumble return TD from 45 yards out, which put them down only five at 28-33. That was as close as they’d get, however, as defense (and mistakes) ruled the rest of the game.
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The Stars: We’ll start with Luck, who posted 370 yards and three touchdowns on the day. His main beneficiary was Hilton, who crushed it on nine grabs for 223 yards and the score.
On the other side, Johnson posted 99 receiving yards of his own with a TD. Watt finished a monster night with seven tackles (three for loss), two sacks and the touchdown.
The Goats: For all the offensive ineptitude early on in this one, the Texans still had a chance to win it late--but couldn’t do it thanks to the turnovers. Both Johnson and Fitzpatrick killed fourth-quarter drives with fumbles and couldn’t capitalize on the big momentum swings. They also had trouble sustaining drives at times: The Colts edged them 27-18 on first downs and 36:49 to 23:11 in time of possession.
Injuries: It looks like both sides got out of this one pretty clean, but some players were banged up. Richardson was poked in the eye but returned shortly thereafter to finish up a nice overall game statistically.
Outlook: Looking ahead to Week 7, the Colts will be back home again to host the Bengals (October 19; 1:00 PM ET on CBS).
Meanwhile, the Texans will get another high-profile primetime game as they head to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers (October 20; 8:30 PM ET on ESPN).
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