A Quick Look: Houston Texans @ Indianapolis Colts

Intro: The Colts (6-7) are back in Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday afternoon for the game of the season against the Houston Texans (6-7). The Texans have never won in the city of Indianapolis, losing all 13 road games in franchise history.


INDIANAPOLIS – With so much at stake come Sunday afternoon inside of Lucas Oil Stadium, the Colts and Texans could start two quarterback who didn't join their teams until November and October, respectively, this year.

For the Colts, they have injury concerns regarding Andrew Luck (has missed four straight games with a lacerated kidney and still hasn't practiced) and Matt Hasselbeck (ribs injury ended his game on Sunday early in the fourth quarter).

Will Charlie Whitehurst be the starter when the Colts begin practice on Wednesday afternoon?

For the Texans, they are dealing with another concussion to starter Brian Hoyer.

Hoyer is listed as doubtful so they will likely turn to T.J. Yates, who has started a game in Indianapolis before.

Facing a Colts team with just one win back in Week 16 of the 2011 season, Yates and the Texans lost 19-16 at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Yates did start in a win over the Jets back in November and was under center for the final five games of that 2011 season with Houston.

The Texans enter Week 15 in the thick of the AFC South race thanks to an undefeated month of November.

Houston went 4-0 in November, turning a 2-5 record into 6-5. They've lost back-to-back games in Buffalo (30-21) and versus New England (27-6).

In turning things around after a 2-5 start to the regular season, the Texans defense has finally played like the unit so many people envisioned before the start of the year.

The turnaround for the Houston defense has been immense:

First 7 games: 28.4 points per game, 370.9 yards, 13 sacks, 6 takeaways.

Last 6 games: 15.3 points per game, 284.2 yards (third fewest in the NFL), 20 sacks, 9 takeaways.

Whoever wins this matchup on Sunday will have firm control of their own destiny in clinching the AFC South.

The Texans have never won a game in the city of Indianapolis (0-13 in franchise history).

*2015 Record: *6-7, tied for 1st in the AFC South.

*Head Coach: *Bill O'Brien, 2nd season as Texans head coach and 2nd season as NFL head coach (15-13 overall in the regular season).

*2015 NFL Rankings: *Offense – Overall, 19th (348.2); Rushing, 19th (99.1); Passing, 15th (249.2). Defense – Overall, 7th (330.8); Rushing, 19th (114.2); Passing, 3rd (216.6).

2015 Leading Passer: Brian Hoyer (199-of-329 comp., 2,357 yards, 60.5. pct., 18 TDs, 6 INTs).

*2015 Leading Rusher: *Alfred Blue (127 carries, 444 yards, 2 TDs).

*2015 Leading Receiver: *DeAndre Hopkins (89 receptions, 1,221 yards, 10 TDs).

2015 Leading Sacker: J.J. Watt (13.5).

2015 Turnover Breakdown: Minus 1 (tied for 19th in the NFL).

2015 NFL Draft Results: The Texans addressed the defensive side of the ball with their first two picks in 2015. Cornerback Kevin Johnson (1-16) and linebacker Benardrick McKinney (2-43) have started 16 combined games this year. Wide receiver Jalen Strong was taken in the third-round and thought to be a bit of a replacement for Andre Johnson. Strong has caught four passes for 64 yards in his rookie season.

*2014 Review: *Under first-year head coach Bill O'Brien, the Texans improved from a two-win campaign in 2013 to nine victories last year. The Texans battled back from a 4-5 start to go 5-2 following their Week 10 bye week. They missed the playoffs by just one game, finishing two games behind the Colts in the AFC South. The search for a quarterback was still on though for the Texans with Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ryan Mallett and Case Keenum all seeing action.

Last time in Playoffs: 2012 season. Lost in the Divisional Round of the Playoffs, 41-28, to the New England Patriots.

*Last time in Super Bowl: *Never.

*Super Bowl Championships: *Never.

2015 Pro Bowl Selections: OT-Duane Brown, RB-Arian Foster, DE-J.J. Watt.

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