Houston Texans: 3 reasons why the winning streak ended vs the Colts

HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 09: Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 09: Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /
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HOUSTON, TX – DECEMBER 09: TY Hilton #13 of the Indianapolis Colts (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) /

TY Hilton was simply unstoppable

Once again, T.Y. Hilton remained a thorn in the side of the Houston Texans. In 14 career games against the Texans, including Sunday’s loss, Hilton has gained 1,445 yards and reeled in nine touchdown receptions. Those numbers grow to over 130 yards per game when he is playing in NRG.

This past Sunday was no different. He continued his dominance against the Texans, hauling in nine catches on twelve targets for 199 yards including a 60-yard bomb that set up a touchdown for the Colts. He was simply unstoppable and no one in the Texans secondary had an answer for him even as he was hobbled towards the end of the game.

The Texans threw nearly every defensive back on the roster at Hilton yet no one was able to stop him. He was able to expose a flaw in the Texans defense that had been covered up by an elite pass rush and subpar opponents.

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Houston played soft coverage on Hilton that allowed him to utilize his quickness and superb route running skills to consistently find holes in the coverage and get open for Andrew Luck. Luck’s accuracy and ability to make throws was back on full display because of this, he dropped dimes into Hilton all day long and the Texans simply had no answer.

This is something Romeo Crennel and Anthony Midget are going to have to figure out with Johnathan Joseph, Tyrann Mathieu, Kareem Jackson, Justin Reid and the rest of the secondary. The vast majority of the teams the Houston Texans will face in the playoffs will have a receive similar to Hilton that can exploit these holes.