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AFC South On The Line When In Colts/Texans Matchup

Intro: The Colts (9-4) final home game of the 2014 season has major AFC South implications on the line. How are the Colts viewing their Week 15 contest with the Texans (7-6)?


INDIANAPOLIS – Houston has stated its message loud and clear.

They know the history and they hope it's just that come Sunday afternoon.

Head coach Bill O'Brien is in his first season with the Texans but he knows the 0-12 all-time mark for Houston playing in Indianapolis.

Running back Arian Foster and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick haven't shied away from a dozen straight road losses to the Colts.

Up in Indianapolis, the Colts run in the AFC South over the last two years is beyond remarkable.

They have a chance on Sunday to run an unblemished divisional streak to 12 straight games. By comparison, no other team in the NFL currently has a divisional winning streak of more than four games.

Sunday the division title can stay in Indianapolis until next September.

Not much more needs to be said inside the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center.

"We understand what's at stake," Andrew Luck says.

"It's huge to play a good Houston team at home at Lucas Oil with this much on the line for both squads. That's what December football's all about and I'm very excited."

For the fourth straight season, the Colts and Houston meet in Indianapolis during the last three weeks of the regular season.

More than a 1,000 miles separate the two teams and on Sunday, the Colts have a chance to check off the most important goal for any NFL team.

"That's what it is. We have an opportunity, which everybody knows," Pagano says at the AFC South crown just 60 minutes away.

"I know how coach (Bill) O'Brien's going to have that team ready to go. It's the first thing they talked about coming off their last win. We understand where their mindset is and we'll prepare accordingly."

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