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Seven Things To Watch For: Colts/Texans Edition

Intro: The Colts (9-4) will play their final home regular season game of the season on Sunday afternoon with the Houston Texans (7-6) heading to Lucas Oil Stadium. Here are seven things to watch for in the Colts and Texans Week 15 matchup.





INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts will look for their NFL-record 12th straight divisional win on Sunday when the Texans arrive to Lucas Oil Stadium.

In the Colts last regular season home game of 2014, they have a chance to clinch the AFC South.

What should fans be looking for when the Colts close out their home slate of 2014?

1. Watt's Presence

-Chuck Pagano didn't hold back in his praise for Watt this week. It's more than deserved with how disruptive the All-Pro defensive end is week-in-and-week-out. Watt has 14.5 sacks in 2014 and his 33 quarterback hits tell the real story. The Colts will have to look for No. 99 in goal line situations, too. Watt has caught three touchdown passes in 2014.

2. Ride The Defensive Momentum

-Over the last three weeks, the sudden change defense from the Colts has been outstanding. The unit in general has played very solid and did it without Vontae Davis last Sunday. The run defense will be tested the next couple of weeks with the game's top two rushers in Arian Foster and DeMarco Murray on the schedule.

3. No Friendly Fire

-The reason for those sudden change scenarios has been the offense committing turnovers in their own territory. That's about the only thing holding the league's most explosive unit back from playing at an even higher level. With three weeks remaining in the regular season, the Colts have committed 26 turnovers. Last year, they led the NFL with just 14 giveaways.

4. Vontae Davis Back

-After missing last week against Cleveland, the Colts will get Davis back at home versus the Texans. Some credit deserves to go to Greg Toler for the job he did last week against Cleveland's Josh Gordon (two catches in seven targets). With Davis back and Houston's Andre Johnson likely missing Sunday, expect to see 1,000-yard receiver DeAndre Hopkins getting the major attention from the Colts secondary.

5. Arian Foster's Presence

-Foster has reached the 1,000-yard plateau in just 10 games this season. With the injury to Andre Johnson, a heavy dose of Foster is coming at the Colts this weekend. No one in the NFL runs the ball more frequently than the Texans and it's for good reason. Foster's 102 yards per game is second in the NFL.

6. Reggie Wayne's Record

-Amidst the nagging injuries, Wayne will suit it up in a Colts franchise record 209th time on Sunday. While Wayne is a free agent in 2015, he reiterated on his weekly radio show that he will either play for the Colts next year or retire, with no desire to play for another team. The Colts have changed up Wayne's practice schedule this week in hopes to have him bounce back from the one-catch performance the 14-year veteran had against Cleveland.

7. AFC South Title In Sight

-With a win on Sunday the Colts will claim the AFC Title for the ninth time since 2002. If Houston wants any chance to win the division in 2014, it will have to run the table the rest of the way. For the Colts, a win on Sunday would guarantee at least one home playoff game for Indianapolis and leave a chance to obtain a bye with some help from Denver and New England down the stretch.

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