Colts Get Another Win, Beat Texans 19-16

Kyle Rodriguez provides a quick reaction to the Colts come-from-behind victory over the visiting Texans.

What an awesome game. The Colts didn’t lock up the number one pick, but as I said during the game on Twitter, you have to root for a win on game day, you can talk about the draft for the rest of the week. This win was more fulfilling as a fan, as the great comeback was reminiscent of the Peyton Manning days.

  • The story of the game was redzone execution, for both sides, as the Colts failed to score a touchdown for the first 59:36, despite being inside the 20 four times. Finally, when they needed it most (aided by a few ticky-tack penalties).
  • On the flip side, the Colts defense was phenomenal after the first quarter touchdown, limiting them to three field goals. The defense has looked progressively better since Mike Murphy was named as interim defensive coordinator, and tonight was the epitome of that.
  • Reggie Wayne was amazing in this game, looking younger than ever. He ended with eight catches for 106 yards and a touchdown. He also drew a pass interference, and was clutch on the final drive with the two most important receptions (a 34 yard bomb and the game winning touchdown).
  • The running game was stopped by a great Houston run defense for most of the game, but it was effective in the later stages of the game. One thing that didn’t make much sense to me was that Donald Brown was not getting much action after a great game against the Titans last week. But, with the Colts’ offensive line not playing very well, Addai wasn’t a bad choice, just because he’s a little better than Brown at running with little space.
  • Dan Orlovsky was crucial, especially in the second half. He showed great pocket awareness (a rarity for Colts’ QBs this year), and made big throws in the game winning drive.
  • The final drive was special. The touchdown pass to Wayne with 24 seconds left was a memorable play, especially as the one that may be his final play in Indianapolis.
  • Robert Mathis had a great game as well, making the case for a renewed contract, with three tackles, two sacks, and a forced fumble.

Of course, the Colts’ chances at the number one pick took a big shot with the win, but forget about that, at least for the night. Celebrate the win. It was a great one. Go Colts!

Kyle J. Rodriguez

About Kyle J. Rodriguez

A film and numbers guru, Kyle writes about the NFL and the Indianapolis Colts for Bleacher Report, Draft Mecca and The Football Educator, and is a co-founder and associate editor of Colts Authority. Kyle also is a high school sports reporter for the MLive Media Group in Michigan, covering high school sports across the state.