The Indianapolis Colts will travel to Houston to battle the Texans in the 2011 regular season opener at Reliant Stadium. Game time is slated for 1 p.m. EST. The Colts hold a 16-2 all-time series record over their AFC South Division foe and have claimed victory in seven of the last eight contests dating back to 2007. Indianapolis has posted a 34-32-1 franchise record in season openers and a 10-5 mark in openers over the last 15 years. Dating back to the NFL realignment in 2002, the Colts have opened the season against a division opponent on three occasions, having registered a 2-1 record. The Houston Texans are looking to rebound from a 6-10 campaign last season and have reloaded with an eight player draft class, which includes defensive end J.J. Watt. Last year the Colts and Texans split the regular season series, with Houston claiming the season opener at Reliant Stadium.
Entering the year, the Colts continue to hold the NFL's longest playoff streak, which now sits at nine seasons. Following last year's 10-6 record, Indianapolis has also produced nine consecutive double-digit victory campaigns. Colts Head Coach Jim Caldwell enters his third season at the helm. In his first two years directing the team, Indianapolis has produced a 24-8 record, which included a 14- 2 mark and a Super Bowl XLIV appearance in 2009.
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