HOUSTON TEXANS (4-2) vs. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (4-2)
DATE: Monday, November 1, 2010
SITE: Lucas Oil Stadium
KICKOFF: 8:30 p.m. (EDT)/7:30 p.m. (CDT)
After observing its annual open date, the Indianapolis Colts, 4-2, return to action and close out seasonal play against a divisional foe by hosting the Houston Texans, 4-2, on Monday, November 1. Kickoff for the contest in Lucas Oil Stadium, telecast nationally by ESPN (available locally on WNDY-TV, Channel 23), is 8:30 p.m. (EDT)/7:30 p.m. (CDT). Westwood One provides national radio coverage of the battle.
The Colts and Texans opened the regular season by meeting on September 12 in Reliant Stadium. Houston produced a 34-24 victory. Indianapolis leads the series, 15-2, and the Colts have captured all six meetings in the host capacity. The Colts took a tightly-contested 20-17 verdict last November 8 when the teams met last in this venue. Prior to the open week, Indianapolis earned a 27-24 victory at Washington on October 17. Houston observed it bye week along with the Colts. The Texans produced a 35-31 home victory over Kansas City on October 17.
The Colts are owners of the NFL's best regular-season record (132-50) since the start of the 1999 season, while being the only team to earn 10 playoff appearances in the last eleven seasons, including a league-best eight consecutive post-season berths. Indianapolis has won77 of its last 95 regular-season games. The Colts own a 102-31 record (counting the playoffs) since the start of the 2003 season and are 88-26 since 2004. From November, 2003 to December, 2009, the Colts produced a regular-season record of 81-19, tying New England (2003-09) for the NFL's best 100-game regular-season mark. Indianapolis' winning ways include a 38-12 record in AFC South play, while the club has owned or shared the lead in 115 of 143 weeks of the division's existence. The Colts won five AFC South championships from 2003-07, the best divisional-title streak in club history. The Colts were wire-to-wire divisional leaders during the 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009 seasons. The club's nine playoff berths in the 2000-09 decade tied the NFL record set by Dallas (9) in the 1970s. Indianapolis is the only team since 2002 Realignment to earn annual double-digit victory totals and playoff berths. From 2008-09, the Colts set an NFL record with 23 consecutive regular-season victories (21, New England, 2006-08). The streak was the sixth 10 -game regular-season winning streak in franchise history (23, 2008-09; 13, 2005; 11, 1964; 11, 1975-76; 11, 1999; 10, 2005-06), the fourth since 1999. Indianapolis extended its NFL record as the only franchise to win seven or more consecutive regular-season games in six consecutive seasons (8, 2004; 13, 2005; 9, 2006; 7 and 6, 2007; 9, 2008; 14, 2009). Additionally, the Colts posted their eighth consecutive 10 -victory season, setting the 2nd-longest such streak in NFL history (16, San Francisco, 1983-98). Indianapolis earned its seventh consecutive season with 11 victories, surpassing the NFL record it had shared with Dallas (6, 1976-81). The Colts extended their league mark to seven consecutive seasons (2003-09) with 12 victories. The Colts produced 115 victories for the 2000-09 decade, surpassing the league record of 113 by San Francisco from 1990-99.
PERSONNEL REPORT: DB-Bob Sanders (biceps), RB-Donald Brown (hamstring), DB-Jacob Lacey (foot), WR-Anthony Gonzalez (ankle), LB-Kavell Conner (foot) were out; RB-Joseph Addai (neck), LB-Gary Brackett (groin), WR-Austin Collie (foot), WR-Pierre Garcon (hamstring), RB-Mike Hart (hip), OT-Charlie Johnson (foot) were questionable; DB-Antoine Bethea (hamstring), DB-Jerraud Powers (foot) were probable for the last game. Deactivated players for the last game were Brackett, OG-Jacques McClendon, DT-Ricardo Mathews, Brown, Lacey, Gonzalez, Conner and Sanders.
TELEVISION/RADIO: ESPN telecasts with Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Ron Jaworski, Suzy Kolber (field reporter) and Michele Tafoya (field reporter). 1070-The Fan/HANK-FM, 97.1 broadcasts with Bob Lamey, Will Wolford and Kevin Lee(field reporter). Westwood One broadcasts nationally with Wayne Larrivee, Boomer Esiason and Steve Tasker (field reporter).
NEXT WEEK: Indianapolis visits Philadelphia on Sunday, November 7 at 4:15 p.m. (EST).
WWW.COLTS.COM: Please check the official website of the Indianapolis Colts for the latest in team information and merchandise.
JIM CALDWELL was named head coach of the Colts on January 13, 2009, and this marks his ninth season with Indianapolis. Caldwell joined the club in 2002 as quarterbacks coach before adding the title of assistant head coach prior to the 2005 season. Caldwell was promoted to associate head coach with the club prior to the 2008 season. From 2002-09, Caldwell has been a part of Colts teams that produced 10-6, 12-4, 12-4, 14-2, 12-4, 13-3, 12-4 and 14-2 records. Indianapolis is the only team to earn 12 victories in seven consecutive seasons, setting the NFL's all-time standard. Indianapolis has had eight consecutive 10 -victory seasons, setting the second-longest streak in NFL history (16, San Francisco, 1983-98; 7, Dallas, 1975-81), and the Colts have surpassed Dallas (1976-81) as the only franchise to earn at least eleven victories in seven consecutive seasons. The Colts also have earned an NFL-best eight consecutive playoff appearances, and Indianapolis is the only team to post double-digit victory seasons and playoff berths each season since the 2002 realignment. From 2008-09, Indianapolis set the NFL record with 23 consecutive regular-season victories (21 New England, 2006-08). Indianapolis also won 115 regular-season games from 2000-09, the most by a team in a decade in NFL history. From 2004-09, Indianapolis became the only NFL team to win at least seven consecutive games in six consecutive seasons (8, 2004; 13, 2005; 9, 2006; 7 and 6, 2007; 9, 2008; 14, 2009). In 2009, Caldwell became the 5th NFL rookie head coach to reach the Super Bowl. Caldwell joined Chuck Knox (L.A. Rams, 1973), Red Miller (Denver, 1977), Mike Martz (St. Louis, 2000) and Josh McDaniels (Denver, 2009) as the only rookie head coaches in the Super Bowl era to start 6-0. He became the fourth coach ever to start 6-0 when succeeding a head coach who won 100 games (Blanton Collier, Cleveland, 1963, succeeded Paul Brown, 111 wins; Jack Pardee, Washington, 1978, succeeded George Allen, 116 wins; Josh McDaniels, Denver, 2009, succeeded Mike Shanahan, 146 wins; Caldwell, Colts, 2009, succeeded Tony Dungy, 139 wins). Caldwell joined the Colts after serving as quarterbacks coach with TampaBay in 2001. Caldwell has more than 20 years of collegiate coaching experience. He spent 1993-2000 as head coach at WakeForest. He served as an assistant coach at Southern Illinois (1978-80), Northwestern (1981), Colorado (1982-84), Louisville (1985) and PennState (1986-92). Caldwell has coached in six bowl games and won a national championship with PennState in 1986. In addition to serving on Joe Paterno's title staff, Caldwell tutored under three other coaches who won collegiate crowns (Rey Dempsey, SouthernIllinois; Bill McCartney, Colorado; Howard Schnellenberger, Louisville). Caldwell was a four-year starter at defensive back at Iowa and worked as a graduate assistant for Iowa in 1977. He holds a bachelor's degree from Iowa. Caldwell was born on January 16, 1955 in Beloit, Wis.
GARY KUBIAK became the second head coach in Texans history on January 26, 2006. Kubiak has directed the Texans to 6-10, 8-8, 8-8 and 9-7 records. Kubiak joined Houston after serving eleven seasons as offensive coordinator with Denver. Kubiak was with Denver for Super Bowl XXXII and XXXIII titles, while totaling six championship appearances with the Broncos, three each as a player and coach. Kubiak began his coaching career in 1992 at Texas A&M. He joined San Francisco as QB Coach in 1994 before joining Denver. Kubiak was a QB at Texas A&M from 1979-82. He is a native of Houston.
COLTS/TEXANS SERIES NOTES
The Colts and Texans are meeting for the 18th time, with Indianapolis owning a 15-2 series edge. The teams met in the regular season opener on September 12, with Houston earning a 34-24 victory. Indianapolis surrendered the game's first 13 points, then allowed 200 rushing yards in the second half in falling at Houston. Texans RB-Arian Foster was 33-231, 3 TDs rushing to spearhead the attack. Indianapolis cut the margin to 13-10 just prior to halftime, but could not threaten further. Houston controlled the ball for 10:18 of the third quarter to take charge. QB-Peyton Manning was 40-57-433, 3 TDs, his 8th career 400 game. Manning teamed with WRs-Reggie Wayne (7-99, 1 TD; 14t) and Austin Collie (11-163, 1 TD, 73t) and TE-Dallas Clark (11-80, 1 TD; 10t) for scoring strikes. DEs-Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis had sacks for the Colts. Indianapolis swept the meetings in 2009, winning 20-17 at home on November 8, then posting a 35-27 victory at Reliant Stadium on November 29. In last year's second meeting, Indianapolis extended its franchise record with a 20th consecutive regular-season victory (on the way to a league-record 23 straight wins). Down 17-0 in the second quarter, Indianapolis responded with a 28-point second half to earn a league-record fifth consecutive fourth-quarter comeback victory. Manning (27-35-244, 3 TDs/2 ints.) surpassed QB-John Elway (4,123) for 3rd-most completions in NFL history. It was the fifth time Manning directed the club to victory from a 17 -point deficit, the most times by any NFL QB. Wayne was 3-19, 1 TD, while LB-Clint Session had a 27t interception in a 21-point fourth quarter to help seal the victory. In the first 2009 meeting, countering a 17-0 Houston run that erased a 13-point lead, Indianapolis scored midway through the final period to outlast the Texans. The victory was not secured until K-Kris Brown's 42-yard field goal attempt drifted wide left at the gun. Indianapolis led from the outset until the first play of the final period, but rallied when it mattered. Manning was 34-50-318, 1 TD/int., earning his 125th starting victory, surpassing Fran Tarkenton for 4th-most wins by an NFL starting QB. Freeney had a sack in a ninth consecutive game. Rookie DB-Jerraud Powers had an interception, while RB-Joseph Addai (14-63, 1 TD; 2t rushing/5-49, 1 TD; 7t receiving) had two scores. TE-Dallas Clark (14-119) tied then the club record for single-game receptions and fell one reception shy of the NFL single-game mark for TEs. The Colts swept the series in 2008 (33-27 in Indianapolis 11/16; 31-27 at Houston on 10/5). In that year's meeting in Lucas Oil Stadium, scoring on its final five full possessions, Indianapolis posted a 33-27 victory. Manning (30-46-320, 2 TDs) directed an attack that produced 474 yards, while Addai (22-105, 1 TD rushing; 7t/4-48, 1 TD receiving; 23t) and WR-Marvin Harrison (9-77, 1 TD; 10t) had touchdown receptions. The club's five final scoring drives covered 66, 81, 80, 73 and 69 yards. Wayne was 7-90 receiving, and Indianapolis rushed 34-154. Houston was 25-177 rushing, led by RB-Steve Slaton (14-156, 1 TD; 71t). Freeney had two sacks, while DB-Melvin Bullitt ended the contest with an interception. K-Adam Vinatieri booted field goals of 40, 39, 32 and 31 yards. In Reliant Stadium on October 5, scoring 21 points in a 2:10 span of the final quarter, Indianapolis produced a stirring 31-27 victory. Indianapolis scored 10 first-quarter points before seeing Houston tally 27 unanswered points in taking a 17-point lead into the final minutes. Manning (25-34-247, 2 TDs/1 int.) sandwiched 7t and 5t scoring passes to TE-Tom Santi and Wayne (7-97) around LB-Gary Brackett's 68t fumble return as the Colts earned the win. The first scoring pass came with 4:04 remaining, and the final one came with 1:54 to go as Indianapolis became the first NFL team to erase a 17-point deficit in a game's final five minutes to win in regulation. The final touchdown was set up by DE-Robert Mathis' sack-fumble recovery at the Houston 20. Bullitt intercepted a pass at the club's 22 with :42 remaining as the three late takeaways spurred the comeback. Addai was 17-71, 1 TD rushing. Indianapolis won both 2007 meetings, 30-24 in Houston on September 23 and 38-15 in the RCA Dome on December 23. Fueled by a 21-point second quarter, Indianapolis produced a 38-15 victory in the second meeting in 2007. The Colts scored 35 points in the middle two periods. Manning (28-35-311, 3 TDs) directed an offense that produced 458 net yards. Addai tallied on a 2t rush, then TE-Dallas Clark (6-60, 2 TDs; 6t, 11t) and Wayne (10-143, 1 TD; 7t) helped produce the win. The Colts tallied three interceptions and controlled the ball for 35:45. In that year's game in Houston, overcoming a scoring kickoff return to start a game it would never trail again, the Colts posted a 30-24 win. Down 7-0 after 21 seconds, the Colts scored in every quarter afterwards. Manning (20-29-273, 1 TD) led an offense that gained 362 net yards and produced points off two defensive takeaways. Manning hit Clark (4-58, 1 TD; 2t) on a scoring pass, and Addai (22-72, 2 TDs; 4t, 8t) tallied two rushing scores. Indianapolis pushed a 14-10 halftime lead to 27-10 after three quarters. The teams split the series in 2006, with each team winning at home. Indianapolis posted a 43-24 win on September 17, while the Texans produced a 27-24 win on December 24 at Reliant Stadium. In 2005's battles the Colts took a 38-20 win at Houston on October 23 and a 31-17 win in the RCA Dome on November 13.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
PEYTON MANNING vs. HOUSTON
DATE Att-Comp. Yds. Pct. TD INT LG Rat. Result
09/22/02 Road 28- 21 272 75.0 2 0 43t 128.9 W, 23- 3
12/01/02 Home 28- 15 190 53.6 1 0 35 86.9 W, 19- 3
10/26/03 Home 30- 22 269 73.3 3 0 57 133.9 W, 30-21
12/28/03 Road 38- 26 220 68.4 1 1 18 81.0 W, 20-17
11/14/04 Home 27- 18 320 66.7 5 2 80t 115.7 W, 49-14
12/12/04 Road 33- 26 298 78.8 2 0 34 124.5 W, 23-14
10/23/05 Road 27- 21 237 77.8 2 1 31 112.5 W, 38-20
11/13/05 Home 35- 26 297 74.3 3 0 30t 127.9 W, 31-17
09/17/06 Home 38- 26 400 68.4 3 0 37 129.3 W, 43-24
12/24/06 Road 27- 21 205 77.8 3 0 37t 135.5 L, 24-27
09/23/07 Road 29- 20 273 69.0 1 0 64 110.3 W, 30-24
12/23/07 Home 35- 28 311 80.0 3 0 42 132.3 W, 38-15
10/05/08 Road 34- 25 247 73.5 2 1 36 101.0 W, 31-27
11/16/08 Home 46- 30 320 65.2 2 0 28 99.9 W, 33-27
11/08/09 Home 50- 34 318 68.0 1 1 26 83.6 W, 20-17
11/29/09 Road 35- 27 244 77.1 3 2 31 100.2 W, 35-27
09/12/10 Road 57- 40 433 70.2 3 0 73t 109.8 L, 24-34
TOTAL 597-426 4854 71.4 40 8 80t 112.2 15-2 overall
2010 RANKINGS (denotes ranking is tied)
RANKINGS OFFENSE RANKING DEFENSE RANKING
Total Rush Pass CONF. NFL Total Rush Pass CONF. NFL
Colts 409.0 94.8 314.2 2-15- 2 2-25 2 344.0 137.3 206.7 10-13- 6 21-26-12
Texans 379.7 140.7 239.0 3- 4- 5 4- 5-11 410.5 104.3 306.2 16- 8-16 32-13-32
BEST NFL RECORDS DURING 1999-2010 REGULAR SEASONS
NFL'S BEST REGULAR SEASON RECORDS 1999-2010
Record Team Head Coach
132-50 COLTS Tony Dungy/ Jim Caldwell
125-57 New England Pete Carroll/Bill Belichick
114-67-1 Pittsburgh Bill Cowher/Mike Tomlin
112-70-1 Philadelphia Andy Reid
109-74 Tennessee Jeff Fisher
107-76 Green Bay R. Rhodes/M. Sherman/M. McCarthy
105-78 Baltimore Brian Billick/John Harbaugh
101-82 Denver Mike Shanahan/Josh McDaniels
100-83 NY Giants Jim Fassel/Tom Coughlin
96-86 Minnesota Dennis Green/Mike Tice/Brad Childress
95-87 Seattle Mike Holmgren/Jim Mora/Pete Carroll
95-88 San Diego M. Riley/M. Schottenheimer/N. Turner
COLTS ARE NFL'S WINNINGEST TEAM FROM 1999-2010: The Colts stand as the NFL's winningest team since the start of the 1999 season. The Colts own a 132-50 record during that span.