The Colts-Texans score in Week 1 made history by favoring Houston. If the second Colts-Texans score last night turned out the same, it would officially form a new order for the AFC South. Houston had only beaten Indianapolis once in their history, and doing it twice in the same year would be the ultimate statement. It would finally prove that they were for real, and with Indianapolis short-handed, this looked to be their best chance. Instead, this game restored order again with an easy 30-17 victory for Indy.
Peyton Manning was missing several of his favorite receivers, yet none of that mattered. Using new weapons, and the old ones he still had left, Manning carved up Houston just like in old times. Although Houston wanted to take a step forward, their defense is still stuck in traction.
But the Colts-Texans score also reflected a step back for their offense. Usually, Matt Schaub can be counted on to bail his defense out, yet he had no answers last night. Schaub only threw for 37 yards in the first half, and got most of his yardage when the game was out of reach.
From the start, Manning and company had control on both sides of the ball. The Indianapolis defense even got in on the act, as Kelvin Hayden returned a Schaub pass for the Colts’ second touchdown. After going up 17-3 at halftime, a quick touchdown drive to start the second half pretty much finished the job.
With the win, not only was the last game avenged, it also restored the usual order in the AFC South. After actually being in last place early on, Indianapolis now has sole possession of the AFC South lead again. Although no one in the division has a losing record, the Colts appear to be in complete control once more.
As for Houston, their loss capped off a horrendous sporting weekend for the state of Texas. Not only did the Rangers finish off their World Series collapse, the Cowboys and Texas Longhorns continued their horrendous seasons with home losses. But being on the road didn’t help the Texans out much, as they still have never won in Indianapolis.
Every time it looks like Houston is ready to rise up the elite, one bad week has derailed them. It happened when they became the only team to lose to the Cowboys, and when the Giants also blew them out at home. With last night’s Colts-Texans score looking just like so many others over the years, it appears there is still a long ways to go.
Despite losing, the Texans still have hopes to make the playoffs for now. They hope to recover against the Chargers next week, while the Colts travel to Philadelphia.
SI.com- “Colts beat Texans 30-17, take AFC South lead”