INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts don't have too look far to know what type of challenges the Houston Texans possess to the 2013 AFC South Champs.
When the Colts met the Texans in Houston on Nov. 3, Indianapolis was coming off a bye week with a 5-2 record.
It would be the first game without Reggie Wayne and the Texans were facing virtually a must win at 2-5.
Led by new quarterback Case Keenum, the desperate Texans dominated the first half.
A trio of Andre Johnson touchdowns and 208 first half passing yards from Keenum carried the Texans to a 21-3 halftime lead.
What did the Colts defense learn from Keenum's second career NFL start?
"Have to get him (Case Keenum) under wraps," Robert Mathis said earlier this week. "You just can't let him get going and knowing he's the engine that drives their offensive machine. So, have to stay on him just as much as we can."
On the other side of the football, the Colts offense was stagnant without Wayne.
Not one of their seven first half drives was longer than five plays and the Colts went into intermission without a third-down conversion.
Starting the third quarter, the teams traded field goals (making the score 24-6) before the Colts took over at their own 22-yard line with 4:18 left in the frame.
The Colts were 0-of-8 on third-down conversions but thanks to a one-yard completion to Stanley Havili, the floodgates opened.
Havili's third-down reception led to a 13-play, 78-yard touchdown drive and the Colts had cut the lead to 12 points.
A little over five minutes later, T.Y. Hilton got behind the Texans secondary with a 58-yard touchdown reception.
With all the momentum on the Colts side, the defense forced another stop and Hilton would score his third and final touchdown with 4:05 left to give the Colts a 27-24 lead.
In erasing an 18-point deficit, the Colts moved to 6-2 and padded their lead in the AFC South.
The loss for the Texans was just one in a span of seven one-possession defeats that Houston brings with them to Lucas Oil Stadium this weekend.
Andrew Luck called the team's first meeting a "tale of two halves".
"We'll go back and look at it, have looked at it, and see what we did well and what we didn't do well," Luck said on Wednesday.
"We also realize this will be a different game. You don't want to put too much stock into what happened, but that also is a good way to sort of go back and revisit and re-acclimate yourself with the Texans."