INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts will wrap up their practice for the week later this morning at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center. Today's news looks at the Ring of Honor inductees on Sunday, the struggles in the first half and the Texans trying to snap an 11-game losing streak.
Take a look below at the top pieces fromFriday, December 13th.**Faulk, Dickerson relish Colts Ring honor**By: Phil Richards, Indy Star
Come halftime on Sunday, the Colts will place Marshall Faulk and Eric Dickerson into the team's "Ring of Honor".
They are Pro Football Hall of Fame running backs, teammates of sorts in that each, in his time, contributed to the incremental growth that has carried the Indianapolis Colts from irrelevance to model NFL franchise and Indy to the football town it has become.
They remember the good times.
"I had some great years there," said Dickerson, who with Marshall Faulk, will be inducted into the Colts' Ring of Honor on Sunday when the team plays the Houston Texans at Lucas Oil Stadium. "When I got there it was the first time they played on Monday Night Football in Indianapolis. That was a highlight for a lot of us, not just me but for the city and the team and everybody."
Said Faulk: "I was part of the transformation of the team when (general manager) Bill Tobin took over. I don't know if we're the guys that started it or not, but it was kind of the taste of winning that the city fell in love with and they got a chance to really embrace football in a basketball state."
**Colts first-half futility reaches epic levels**By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star
Pep Hamilton was not shy in addressing the slow starts that have plagued his offense for nearly a month and a half.
"You go back and analyze each play and look at why this trend is continuing to occur and you make the appropriate adjustments,'' offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton said. "Hopefully we'll see a difference Sunday.''
The Colts host Houston at Lucas Oil Stadium, and the TD-less streak began Nov. 3 in Reliant Stadium. Indy won 27-24 but had to crawl out of a 21-3 halftime deficit.
The main culprit in the current funk has been execution. The Colts have converted just 5-of-40 times (12.5 percent) on third down over the past six games. They've failed to convert a third down in the first half in three of the six games, including 0-for-6 at Cincinnati.
That was "completely unacceptable and I've got to do a better job of finding ways to create matchups that are in our favor,'' Hamilton said.
**A ‘W’ would mean the world to the Texans**By: Dale Robertson, The Houston Chronicle
Sunday's game for the Houston Texans provide a chance to snap a 2013 11-game losing streak along with an 0-11 all-time mark in the city of Indianapolis.
"We've got two wins all season, so I don't think it really matters," cornerback Kareem Jackson said. "A 'W,' if we can get it anywhere, if we play in a parking lot, just get a win. I don't care if we play them at the Galleria mall. We just want to win."
Receiver Andre Johnson, who has been around for all but the first Texans loss at Indianapolis, offered no explanation for the long dry spell, saying, "I have no answer for that other than we just haven't." Johnson, however, discounted a suggestion that Lucas Oil Stadium is an unusually difficult place to play.
"I think it was tougher to play in the old RCA Dome," he said. "I don't think it's as loud up there as it used to be."