Who would have thought? This game was supposed to be a huge game for the division, with a potential “winner takes the division” label to it. Instead, it’s the Colts who are looking to win, and the Texans who probably prefer to lose. Case Keenum looked phenomenal the last time these two teams faced each other. The Texans have yet to win in Indianapolis, and it’d be pretty funny if Keenum were the first to do it. Let’s take a look at “what to watch for” in today’s Texans/Colts game.
12:00 PM CT, December 15, 2013
Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN
- Wade Phillips – After an embarrassing two losses in three weeks to the Jacksonville Jaguars, and a 2-11 record in a “Super Bowl or Bust” season, Gary Kubiak was finally handed the pink slip and Wade Phillips was given the gig as the Texans interim head coach. These next three games will be a big step for Phillip’s head-coaching career, one way or another.
- T.Y. Hilton - Last time the Texans faced the Colts, Hilton burned the Texans for 3 touchdowns on 7 catches and 121 yards. Johnathan Joseph has had an on-and-off year and the secondary for the most part has struggled. Hilton is clearly the Colts biggest receiving threat and look for the Texans to give Hilton the short stuff, because otherwise the Texans WILL get beat deep by Hilton’s speed.
- Case Keenum – The Keenum era was its peak during the first half of the previous Texans/Colts matchup. Keenum hit Johnson for 3 touchdowns on his way to a 350-yard performance. The Colts secondary is beatable and Keenum will need a similar performance today.
- Penalties – #BullsOnParade? More like #PenaltiesOnParade. The Texans had 14 penalties for a team-record 177 yards in a loss against the Jacksonville Jaguars last week, and they have virtually no shot at a win if they repeat that performance.