The Houston vs. Indianapolis game comes to Monday night football on Nov. 1. This is the second time that the Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts have played in 2010, with the first game taking place in Houston to open the season. The Texans won that game, proving that they might have arrived as the next team to challenge for the AFC South title. Now Indianapolis will be looking for some revenge on Monday night, and they have home cooking on their side. Giving the game even more national attention is that the winner of this game gains sole possession of first place in the AFC South.
The Houston Texans are off to a 4-2 start in the 2010 NFL season, and look like they could be one of the six AFC playoff teams this January. The unfortunate thing for these Texans, though, is that they are matching their superb offensive game with an equally ugly passing defense. Houston is now last in the NFL in passing defense, giving up over 300 yards per game in passing yards alone. That stat right there should scare Texans fans as they prepare to go up against the player many consider to be the best quarterback in the NFL. The game plan for Monday is pretty simple; just outscore the Colts.
Peyton Manning is quietly having a really good year at quarterback, throwing for 1,916 yards and 13 touchdowns in his first six games of the year. That includes 433 yards against the Texans in week 1, where he ended up throwing 57 passes before the game came to an end. The offense just broke down at the wrong times, and it ended up putting Manning on the losing end (34-24). If Manning does that well on offense again, though, it would seem quite clear that the Colts could find a way to win the second time around. Coming off of their bye week, the Colts are probably well-rested, but they will have to play without tight end Dallas Clark.
The difference in Monday night’s game might actually come down to Manning not having Clark as an additional weapon on offense. This game will be a high-scoring affair, with the Colts simply trying to keep up with the high-powered offense of the Texans. Now that the Texans have a running game to complement their passing game, they are a much tougher team to play than in 2009. If they ever learn how to play defense against the pass, they could end up being a great team.
The next test for that defense is Monday night in Indianapolis, with kickoff scheduled for just after 5:30 p.m. PT (8:30 p.m. ET) on ESPN.