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INDIANAPOLIS (6 - 6) at HOUSTON (9 - 3)
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Week 14 Sunday, 12/9/2018 1:00 PM
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INDIANAPOLIS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games6-6-0.15-66-627.113.9377.9(5.8)1.623.211.7347.8(5.7)1.7
Road Games2-4-1.93-33-322.88.3347.2(5.2)1.823.812.8347.2(5.6)1.5
Last 3 Games2-1+0.21-20-321.712.7372.3(5.8)1.713.36.7262.7(5.1)1.3
Grass Games2-2+0.13-11-319.78.5304.0(4.8)
Division Games2-2-0.81-22-225.215.7376.5(5.8)1.219.710.7338.7(5.3)1.2
INDIANAPOLIS - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)27.113.922.629:2424-107(4.4)28-4167.6%271(6.6)66-378(5.8)(14)
Opponents Defensive Avg.23.611.72030:1327-121(4.5)22-3464.2%240(7)61-361(5.9)(15.3)
Offense Road Games22.88.321.328:0723-108(4.6)27-4363.0%239(5.6)66-347(5.2)(15.2)
Defense (All Games)23.211.719.831:2627-104(3.9)24-3472.0%244(7.3)60-348(5.7)(15)
Opponents Offensive Avg.20.310.218.930:1026-113(4.3)21-3463.5%220(6.6)60-333(5.6)(16.4)
Defense Road Games23.812.820.031:5327-100(3.7)26-3574.2%247(7.1)62-347(5.6)(14.6)
INDIANAPOLIS - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 13-542.8%1-057.1%2-38(21.5)1-5(4.3)8-76
Opponents Avg. Stats For1.10.61.7 13-537.7%1-151.0%2-44(23.7)15-2(9)7-58
Stats Against (Road Games) 13-541.6%1-050.0%1-29(21.5)2-7(4.4)8-75

HOUSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games9-3+4.36-55-725.213.9374.0(6)
Home Games5-1+2.43-23-327.714.5396.3(6.5)
Last 3 Games3-0+32-12-128.721.3388.7(6.4)
Grass Games8-2+4.35-44-624.514.0369.7(6.2)
Division Games3-1+1.93-12-227.016.2409.2(6.4)0.519.58.5346.2(5.7)1.5
HOUSTON - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)25.213.920.431:1131-141(4.5)20-3066.3%233(7.7)62-374(6)(14.9)
Opponents Defensive Avg.22.411.220.231:4226-116(4.4)23-3565.2%239(6.9)61-355(5.8)(15.9)
Offense Home Games27.714.520.330:4530-146(4.8)21-3169.7%250(8.1)61-396(6.5)(14.3)
Defense (All Games)
Opponents Offensive Avg.2110.119.130:5526-117(4.5)21-3364.2%221(6.6)60-338(5.7)(16.1)
Defense Home Games18.27.716.530:3623-94(4)22-3269.1%250(7.8)55-344(6.2)(18.9)
HOUSTON - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.90.61.5213-539.9%1-048.3%1-35(23.5)18-2(8.6)7-57
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 14-539.1%1-153.8%2-39(19.4)2-12(6.8)7-54
Opponents Avg. Stats For10.51.5 13-538.2%1-153.6%2-42(23.9)13-2(7.9)7-57
Stats Against (Home Games) 12-436.0%1-020.0%3-55(20.7)2-14(7.6)7-59
Average power rating of opponents played: INDIANAPOLIS 16,  HOUSTON 18.7
INDIANAPOLIS - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/14/2018@ NY JETS34-42L3L48O23-12723-43-301436-10724-30-2672
10/28/2018@ OAKLAND42-28W-3.5W51O40-22222-31-239019-10321-28-2441
12/2/2018@ JACKSONVILLE0-6L-4.5L45.5U16-4133-52-224227-7918-24-1321
12/9/2018@ HOUSTON            
12/23/2018NY GIANTS            
12/30/2018@ TENNESSEE            

HOUSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/21/2018@ JACKSONVILLE20-7W3.5W43U37-14112-24-131022-7027-42-1893
11/4/2018@ DENVER19-17W1W46.5U33-9817-24-192020-7526-42-2731
11/18/2018@ WASHINGTON23-21W-3L40.5O31-13916-24-181329-12418-39-1542
12/15/2018@ NY JETS            
12/23/2018@ PHILADELPHIA            
INDIANAPOLIS: New head coach Frank Reich's most important task is to keep QB Andrew Luck healthy. Indy drafted G Quenton Nelson 6th overall and signed former Chargers G Matt Slauson in an attempt to protect their only star player, though Luck's receiving corps is extremely thin behind WR T.Y. Hilton. The expected improvement of the line should help the running game, which includes some promising young RBs in Marlon Mack and Jordan Wilkins. New coordinator Matt Eberflus will run a 4-3, zone-based defense that emphasizes athleticism. The problem is that he inherits arguably the worst defensive roster in recent NFL history. Aside from second-year S Malik Hooker and competent DE Jabaal Sheard, there simply isn't much to work with. The Colts ranked 30th in both yards and points allowed last year, and made no significant personnel additions in the offseason.
HOUSTON: Head coach Bill O'Brien overhauled his offense mid-season to fit then-rookie QB Deshaun Watson's strengths, and Watson answered with an electrifying five-game run leading up to his torn ACL. Houston relied on a lot of misdirection that may not be as effective after opponents have an offseason of film study. WR DeAndre Hopkins is football's best contested catch artist, though the rest of the Texans skill-position players have been inconsistent. Injuries are partly to blame for Houston's league-worst 27 PPG allowed. DE J.J. Watt and LB Whitney Mercilus, both of whom missed 11 games in 2017, are key to making Houston's five-across-the-line pass-rush work. Their presence also frees up DL Jadeveon Clowney to avoid double-teams and wreak havoc. The secondary is not built to hold up if the pass-rush isn't getting home, though the addition of former Cardinals S Tyrann Mathieu may help a bit.
Colts look to end Texans' nine-game win streak

The turning point of the Houston Texans' season is easy to pinpoint.

They were 0-3 when they went into overtime against the Indianapolis Colts in the fourth game of the season. With 27 seconds left in the extra period, the Colts opted to go for a first down on a fourth-and-4 play from their own 43. Andrew Luck threw an incompletion. The Texans then completed a 24-yard pass and kicked a game-winning field goal on the game's final play.

The Texans have not lost since, winning nine straight games heading into the rematch against the Colts on Sunday in Houston.

The Texans (9-3) would clinch the AFC South and a playoff berth if the Tennessee Titans produce a loss or a tie against Jacksonville on Thursday and Houston follows with a win over the Colts.

Texans head coach Bill O'Brien is intent on keeping his team focused on the task at hand.

"It's very important," O'Brien said. "In all seriousness, every week's a different matchup. The Cleveland Browns were a totally different team relative to how they match up against us than the Indianapolis Colts. Every week is very different."

The Texans handled the Browns 29-13 on Sunday to give Houston the longest active winning streak in the league. But O'Brien says there is still work to be done.

"Yeah, I mean I don't think we're getting worse," O'Brien said. "We were 0-3 and we're 9-3, so I think we're improved, but are we where we need to be? No. We can always improve. There are so many different areas that we can improve in. That's what we're going to try to do this week."

Quarterback Deshaun Watson and wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins have been the key figures on offense for Houston.

After throwing seven interceptions in the first six games of the season, Watson has thrown just two picks while throwing 12 touchdown passes in the six games since.

He has also run for 375 yards this season, although he still gets sacked a lot, taking 15 sacks over the past four games.

Hopkins has 80 receptions for 1,115 yards and eight touchdowns this season, and he had a season-high 10 catches for 169 yards and one TD in the previous game against the Colts.

However, the Texans' strength is their defense. They allow just 19.6 points per game, which ranks third in the NFL, and they have 34 sacks.

Their pass-rushing tandem of J.J. Watt (11.5 sacks) and Jadeveon Clowney (7.0) have combined for 18.5 sacks this season. Watt continues to be limited by knee problems, but he is expected to Sunday.

The Colts rank first in the NFL in terms of pass protection, giving up a sack every 2.83 percent of their pass attempts.

But Luck was sacked three times on Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars, who not only beat the Colts to end their five-game win streak, but shut them out 6-0.

"Obviously we struggled and struggled a lot, but you learn from every game," Luck said. "There is sort of the emotional part of a game and you go through that cycle -- sort of directly (after) the game. But you wake up the next morning and you sort of put the emotions aside, the result aside and you look at the cycle of play."

It was the first time in his 82-game pro career that Luck was shut out, and he knows the chore won't be any easier against the Texans.

"We will have our hands full," Luck said. "I know guys are excited to get back out on the practice field today. I know I certainly am, and figure out a way to get better as a team."

The Colts (6-6) need to get better in a hurry because they are in virtually a must-win situation in terms of their playoff hopes.

But the Colts have been in that situation nearly all season.

"We put ourselves not in must-win situations," Colts head coach Frank Reich said. "That's been our mantra the whole year and that's not going to change. We are a process-oriented, people-oriented team. We focus on getting better every day. We know that's what works, that's what's stood the test of time. That's the best way to prepare for this week and that's all that matters."

With a win, the Texans will mathematically eliminate the Colts from division title contention. The Texans are 5-1 at home, and the Colts are 2-4 on the road this season.

"I just want to win on Sunday," Watt explained. "I just want to go out there and win on Sunday. I think it's the one-day-at-a-time mentality."

Last Updated: 5/26/2019 9:14:25 AM EST

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