INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts had their first practice of the week on Wednesday as they get ready for the Houston Texans. Today's news looks at T.Y. Hilton's struggle, the need for the secondary to produce turnovers and the Texans mindset.
Take a look below at the top pieces fromThursday, December 12th.Help on the way for Colts WR T.Y. Hilton?By: Mike Chappell, Indy StarWhere might the emergence of Da'Rick Rogers and LaVon Brazill might help the Colts most on offense?
How about with T.Y. Hilton?
Finally, a spark. Finally, big plays.
Finally, help for Hilton, whose game-breaking skills have been neutralized the past month by defenses committed to not allowing him to do what he does best.
"Certainly the game that two of our young guys had — the numbers that they had and the production that they had — hopefully we continue that trend and it'll take some of that coverage ... away from T.Y.," coach Chuck Pagano said.
"We got to get him going again."
Colts seeking solutions for secondary problemsBy: Mike Marot, Associated Press
While the Colts secondary is struggling to force turnovers, its the unit up front that is also taking blame.
"We've got to make plays on the back end," safety Antoine Bethea said. "Of course there's going to be some times when the other team makes plays. They get paid as well, they're professionals as well. But we've got to make plays. One thing we always harp on is not letting the ball over our head. You've just got to stop those plays."
But the secondary is only part of the equation, though.
In the first seven weeks, the Colts had 21 sacks. In the last six, they have nine. And one player, Robert Mathis, has accounted for more than half of this season's overall total. He leads the NFL with 15½.
"There's a lot of stuff that we need to shore up," Mathis said. "You can blame the pressure as much as anything else on the defense not getting it done. That's just putting too much pressure on the secondary."
Texans' Keenum says 'pissed off' team wants to finish season strongBy: Brian T. Smith, The Houston Chronicle
The Colts will once again face Case Keenum at quarterback this weekend and the new Texans signal caller offered a synopsis of the Houston locker room earlier this week.
"We've got nothing to lose and I think that's pretty scary for other teams," Keenum said at Reliant Stadium. "Because we're really talented and have nothing to lose, and I think a lot of guys are pissed off. So, that's kind of a scary combination."
He added: "I probably shouldn't say (pissed). My mom's probably going to be mad because I used that word."
Keenum hasn't been "watching his back," the last month, despite ex-coach Gary Kubiak twice benching the former undrafted rookie in favor for the more experienced and proven Matt Schaub. But Keenum acknowledged it can't hurt having owner Bob McNair name him the starter for the remainder of the season.
"That's just kind of how this job is, whether you're producing or not," Keenum said. "It's about productivity, especially at quarterback. That's what I try to go out to do. That's my job. It's my job to keep us on the field on third downs and score touchdowns."