The first Colts vs. Texans game in 2010 plays out on Sunday afternoon. This Colts vs. Texans game isn’t one that mirrors anything they have had in the past, though, as this is a Houston Texans team that is on the rise.
Having Indianapolis and Houston play each other in the first week of the 2010 NFL schedule will be a great start to the AFC South standings, and could dictate the momentum for both of these teams. Houston will be looking to pull an upset and prove that they have “arrived,” while Indianapolis is trying to state that they are still one of the best teams in the NFL.
This Indianapolis Colts team is the defending champion from the AFC, and lost a close game to the New Orleans Saints in the Super Bowl. They also had a chance to go undefeated last season, but were so far ahead on the AFC South standings that the coaches decided to rest the starters toward the end of the season. It resulted in two very frustrating losses that fans were miffed about all through the postseason. It seemed that the Colts mailed in those final two weeks, and it even led to meetings between NFL owners to discuss what could be done to force teams into playing their starters in the final two weeks.
The Houston Texans had their best season as a franchise last year, and missed out on the NFL Playoffs simply because they lost a tie-breaker. That tie-breaker went to the New York Jets, who won two games against teams resting players (the Indianapolis Colts and Cincinnati Bengals), and basically stole the rug out from under the Texans’ postseason hopes. Now Houston returns with the same impressive offense that won the final four games last year, and they are looking to get into the NFL Playoffs for the first time in franchise history. That quest begins Sunday in Houston.
The Colts vs. Texans game is at 10 a.m. PST (1 p.m. EST) on Sunday, Sept. 12, and will be broadcast on CBS for many people around the country. Texans quarterback Matt Schaub will try hard to hook up with Andre Johnson, who is thought to be the best wide receiver in the NFL right now. They will look to score early and often, and to keep Peyton Manning and the Colts offense off the field as much as possible. The Colts are favored to win, but don’t tell that to the thousands of fans coming to Reliant Stadium in Houston to see their Houston Texans start out the 2010 season on the right foot.