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Number Crunching: Colts/Texans Home Edition

Intro: Our “number crunching” series on continues this week with a slew of numbers to watch in the Colts and Texans meeting in a critical Week 14 matchup that will have a major say in who wins the AFC South.


INDIANAPOLIS – Curious on some key numbers ahead of the Week 14 matchup between the Colts (6-6) and Texans (6-6)?

Here are 10 numbers to keep an eye on with the Colts and Texans kicking off at 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday:


The number of games currently separating the top three teams in the AFC South. It is such an anomaly to see a division this crowded with four weeks left in the regular season. From a pure schedule standpoint, the Texans probably have the easiest stretch remaining. But the Texans are playing a notch below what we've seen from the Colts and Titans of late. The Titans are not in a favorable tiebreaking scenario.


The number of all-time wins the Texans have playing in Indianapolis. The Texans finally got over the Indy hurdle last season, after losing their previous 13 meetings. But they still haven't beaten Andrew Luck in Indy. Luck has won his last nine home divisional games.


The ranking the Texans have when it comes to the least penalized teams in the NFL this year. It's an area Houston has been strong in all season long. The Colts have also quieted down the penalties. In the last two weeks, the Colts have been penalized just five times. They were also plus three in the turnover ratio against the Jets.


The combined number of career starts new inside linebackers Edwin Jackson and Antonio Morrison have, compared to the 140 of D'Qwell Jackson. The experience is lost with D'Qwell. In having their defensive signal caller gone for the rest of the regular season, the Colts must have trust in Edwin and Morrison to handle the pre-snap duties.


The consecutive number of games Donte Moncrief has scored a touchdown. When the Colts get inside the five-yard line, they are looking for No. 10. They are also finding success when doing just that. In his six healthy games this season, Moncrief has caught a touchdown in each one. He's a valuable weapon when the field shrinks.


The passer rating Brock Osweiler had when throwing at the matchup of DeAndre Hopkins and Vontae Davis back in Week Six. With the injuries in the defensive front this week, the matchup of Hopkins/Davis hasn't received a bunch of attention. But it should not be forgotten. Expect Davis opposite Hopkins when the latter one isn't lining up in the slot.


The number of rushing yards Frank Gore had when these teams met back in October. Gore ended the 55-game drought the Colts had in finding a 100-yard rusher. Gore also had a 98-yard game last year against Houston. In Week 14, Gore will be running behind a different line this week with Denzelle Good (concussion) out.


The number of rushing yards Lamar Miller had when these teams first met, a season-high. Miller's rushing numbers in Week Six were impressive. However, it was his 10-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter that was backbreaking for the Colts. New inside linebackers Edwin Jackson and Antonio Morrison have to get guys lined up pre-snap to be ready for the Texans (probably) relying on the legs of Miller quite a lot.


The number of receiving yards this season for T.Y. Hilton, the second most in the NFL. Outside of a few games, Hilton has been nothing short of spectacular this season. This is the fourth straight year Hilton has eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark. Antonio Brown is the only other NFL receiver to be able to say the same. That's really impressive.


The same number of yards the Texans have gained, and also given up, this season. It's kind of crazy the Texans have gained and given up the same amount of yards this season. Defensively, they've hung in there without J.J. Watt. But DE-Jadeveon Clowney and CB-Johnathan Joseph could be joining Watt on the sideline this Sunday.

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