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Texans Hoping to Crash Indy Again in December

The 7-7 Texans are heading to Indianapolis for Week 16’s game against the 12-2 Colts. It should be an excellent matchup as the Texans hope to disrupt the Colts’ great season before they head into the playoffs against other AFC greats. The Texans will be watching from home for the playoffs , but they still have to look towards the Texans’ first winning season in franchise history. To do that they’ll have to beat the Colts this week and the Jaguars next week. Second year HC Gary Kubiak will look to have his team ready this week against the Colts’ playmaking offense.

Only once in the Houston Texans’ franchise history have they beaten the Indianapolis Colts. On December 24, 2006, Texans’ K Kris Brown booted in a GW-FG to topple the Colts in Houston after RB Ron Dayne had a career day. Dayne finished up with 153 yards and 2 touchdowns in the Texans 27-24 win over the Colts. It was surprising and a reason to look forward to the 2007 season. It was surprising because in the Texans’ five years, the 32nd team inducted to the league were plain losers to the Colts. The Texans took on the Colts twice a year since ’02 and they’ve never pulled of a win, but they did it last December with a reasonably healthy team. And it could have happened this season in Week 3 if the Texans injury woes didn’t take hold so soon.

The Houston Texans were surging hot as they entered the second half of Week 2 at the Carolina Panthers. Hoping to pass through this game and get a win, the Texans fell into deep trouble. Into the late second half, Matt Schaub threw an ill advised pass to Andre Johnson whose knee was immediately pounded by a Panther defender. Johnson’s knee injury sidelined the 2006 Pro Bowl receiver for the majority of this season, and most importantly it dropped a cold spill of water upon the Texans early surge. They moved on from the loss and took on the Colts in Week 3. They managed to keep their hopes up and not fizzle out like years past while showing courage and might without their stud WR. But they lost by six points making room for a desirable rematch game. This week’s game should be different as Andre Johnson has been back with vengeance for his missed weeks, especially his first week out at Houston against the Colts.

So far the Texans are 7-7 but are looking far better as the season progresses. Their defense is anchored by Pro Bowl MLB DeMeco Ryans and his thrilling DLine combo of DEs Williams, Weaver, Cochran and Kalu and DTs Johnson and Okoye. OLB Morlon “the Ultimate” Greenwood is improving by a vast amounts on the field in recent weeks. OLB Danny “the Assassin” Clark has given his veteran presence and more in rivalry games or any given Sundays. These guys should be up to the test for RB Joseph Addai and Kenton Keith who took the Colts to a win over the Texans in Week 3. Manning, in that game, threw for over 200 yards and managed their win. The Texans secondary at the time was much healthier than it is now. But S Will Demps has inherited the SS role well as CBs Von Hutchins and Freddy Bennett have taken the starting CB spots well after Petey Faggins had to lose his job and Dunta Robinson went out with a horrid injury. Reggie Wayne will look to be a stickler in the secondary’s side again in this game.

For the Texans, RB Ron Dayne, who’s hobbled by a knee injury, should start and be ready to continue off last year’s pounding against the Colts. WR Andre Johnson is a stud and should be exclusively used although he only caught 4 passes for over 40 yards in last years’ win. Also, WRs Kevin Walter and Andre Davis have bigger and more comfortable roles in Kubiak’s offense than they once did in Week 3 of this 2007 season. The O-Line is much more hammered than it was then, but there has to be questions if we the spectators areto blame for wanting an O-Line switch up so badly? By Week 4, Houston was calling for a younger O-Line. We got that in C McKinney’s IR and the countless other OL injuries the Texans have suffered. But last but not least is QB Sage Rosenfels. He’s proved his worth for the Texans and Kubiak. He knows his coach’s offense and executes well, if not better at times, than Matt Schaub. Schaub, the known starter when healthy, can get the WR or TE or RB in spots where he’s unaware of oncoming hits. Yes, hits are part of the game, but do Andre Davis, Andre Johnson, Ahman Green, Ron Dayne, and Owen Daniels have to be on the wrong side of the catch at all times? Schaub threw too many ill advised passes and his injury now gives the Texans WRs a break from fearful catches. Rosenfels has been solid and has lead the Texans to W’s. If the Texans can’ control the clock then they better find some way to get first downs, because no-matter-what, the Colts are a great team.

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