Colts/Texans Notebook: Indianapolis Faces Two-Game Divisional Deficit After Six Weeks

Intro: In the Colts/Texans Week Six Notebook, we take a look at the early AFC South picture, Adam Vinatieri approaching an NFL record and the critical injuries the Colts suffered down in Houston.


INDIANAPOLIS – This one stings a little more than the others.

The Colts' 26-23 overtime loss on Sunday night saw the visitors have a 14-point, fourth-quarter lead evaporate.

Here's a notebook look at the Colts (2-4), leading off with the team digging itself an early AFC South deficit:

**Colts Now Looking Up At AFC South Foes

**It's not often the Colts near the midway point of a regular season and are looking up at the rest of the AFC South.

But that is where the Colts find themselves after six weeks of the 2016 season.

Sunday's inability to close out the road victory has really changed the AFC South picture for the Colts.

Sitting at 2-4, the Colts are now a full two games back of the Houston Texans (4-2). Between those two are the Tennessee Titans (3-3) and the Jacksonville Jaguars (2-3), both winners in Week Six.

The Colts will wrap up the first half of their 2016 AFC South schedule this coming Sunday, when they hit the road again to take on the Titans.

"We've got a division game Sunday at 1:00," Erik Walden said after Sunday's loss in Houston.

"Either you man up, or you fold. We got nobody in this locker room that's planning on folding so we've just got to man up."**

Adam Vinatieri On Verge Of NFL Record

**The best kicker in NFL history is on the verge of a historic league record.

With three more field goals on Sunday, Vinatieri inched closer to the NFL record for most consecutive made field goals.

Vinatieri has now hit 41 straight field goals, pushing past Gary Anderson (40) on Sunday for second place on the all-time list.

During this current streak of 41 in a row for Vinny, 23 of those field goals have been from at least 40 yards out.

Mike Vanderjagt holds the NFL with 42 straight makes. Vanderjagt set that record with the Colts from 2002-04.

Vinny's chance to break that record will come outdoors next weekend in Nashville.**

Injury Watch Mounting For Colts

**It will be a busy Monday of medical reports for the Colts.

A total of nine different players had to be tended to for injuries on Sunday in Houston. Several of those guys did, however, return to action.

The biggest injuries hit a Colts' skill group that had been really healthy for the first month and a half of 2016.

Dwayne Allen (ankle) exited in the first quarter and watched the second half on crutches. If Allen has to miss an extended period of time, Jack Doyle and Mo Alie-Cox would play even larger roles. Both Doyle and Swoope have impressed in various action this season.

At wide receiver, the Colts lost Jacoby Brissett (hamstring) and Quan Bray (ankle) in the second half.

Those injuries are now added to the team already without Donte Moncrief (shoulder) for the past month. Moncrief is entering the fifth week of an injury that was supposed to keep him out anywhere from four-to-six weeks. Moncrief's return to the practice field is still up in the air.

The Colts ended Sunday with just two healthy receivers (T.Y. Hilton and Chester Rogers) and two healthy tight ends (Doyle, Swoope).

Colts/Texans Snap Counts

  • Injuries hit the receiver and tight end group on Sunday. At receiver, the snap counts went to T.Y. Hilton (73-of-74), Phillip Dorsett (55-of-74, left injured), Chester Rogers (53-of-74) and Quan Bray (1-of-74, left injured).
  • Dwayne Allen's ankle injury took him off the field after just six snaps. Jack Doyle (66-of-74) and Erik Swoope (41-of-74) ate up the rest of the tight end reps.
  • The running back snaps were as a followed: Frank Gore (47-of-74), Robert Turbin (18-of-74), Josh Ferguson (9-of-74).
  • Defensively, D'Qwell Jackson, Mike Adams, Clayton Geathers and Vontae Davis played 70 of 71 snaps.
  • The corner snaps on Sunday were as followed: Vontae Davis (70), Rashaan Melvin (67), Darius Butler (46) and Darryl Morris (11). Starting corner Patrick Robinson was inactive.
  • Arthur Jones played in his first regular season game since the 2014 season. Jones played 41 snaps with Zach Kerr (ankle) out and Henry Anderson banged up.
  • Next to D'Qwell Jackson, we saw Josh McNary play 35 snaps. Besides that, the Colts relied a ton of sub packages with Antonio Morrison playing just a single defensive snap.
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