Houston Texans Could Not Crack the Code of the Indianapolis Colts in AFC South Showdown

Patrick D. Starr

In a game where the Houston Texans could take control of the AFC South with a win over the Indianapolis Colts, it turned out to be the same story for the Texans at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Texans played some of their most undisciplined football of the season, losing to the Colts 30-23. 

Penalized ten times during the game and turning the football over two times, the Texans struggled to gain their footing against the Colts. At one point, the Colts offense converted 61.5% (8-of-13) of their third-down attempts to continue to put pressure on the Texans defense. 

Texans head coach Bill O'Brien knows the Texans did not play their best football but understands there is plenty of season left to bounce back from the loss on Sunday. 

"I think we have a lot of improvements to make," O'Brien said of the Texans' performance against the Colts. "I mean, just if you look at what's on paper. , I think you are, what your record says you are we're four and three. They (Colts) are four and two I think with, with a lead like you said in that division, there's a lot of football left and so we again it's about how fast can we improve and get back to work here and try to improve and play better against Oakland."

The Texans struggled in the red area offensively and could not convert opportunities into touchdowns. The Texans ended up in the red area five times but were only able to come away with two touchdowns. 

O'Brien felt good about the package of plays the Texans had drawn up to combat the Colts defensive packages but admitted they couldn't get the job done when it counted. 

"They did a good job defensively," O'Brien said of the Colts. "We thought we had a good plan down there. They did a nice job. We weren't able to crack the code down there and get it in. They did a nice job."

With less than two minutes left on the clock, the Texans offense took over with a chance to win with Deshaun Watson leading the way. The comeback fell short after Watson threw an interception that bounced out of wide receiver Keke Coutee's hands into Colts linebacker Darius Leonard's hands. 

The interceptions from Watson did not bother O'Brien due to the nature of the game. In the late game situation where the offense was attempting to force the issue.

"I have so much trust in that guy that he's going to make the right decisions and interceptions are going to happen," O'Brien said of Watson's two interceptions. "Sometimes the ball is going to get batted it, or you know they're going to have a good coverage call or whatever it is. I'm not concerned about that at all."

Texans Updates

The Texans ruled out of the game Will Fuller V after injuring his hamstring on the first offensive drive of the game. 

Cornerback Phillip Gaines was ruled out after sustaining a left ankle injury late in the game. Gaines had his foot pinned under him, trying to make a tackle. 

Safety Tashaun Gipson left the game early with a back injury. He did not return as the game wore on. Gipson left after the first defensive drive of the game. 

Offensive tackle Roderick Johnson left the game with an injury leaving new signed Dan Skipper to fill in at the right tackle. 

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