|Last 3 Games||3-0||+4.3||3-0||2-1||27.3||11.3||346.7||(5.1)||2.3||23.0||16.3||370.3||(5.8)||1.3|
|Offense (All Games)||22.5||11.7||23.5||31:16||27-106||(3.9)||23-41||54.9%||277||(6.7)||69-383||(5.6)||(17)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||24.2||11.4||21.1||31:29||29-123||(4.3)||22-36||61.6%||238||(6.6)||65-361||(5.6)||(14.9)|
|Offense Road Games||22.5||11.8||24.7||29:18||24-103||(4.3)||23-43||54.5%||293||(6.8)||67-396||(5.9)||(17.6)|
|Defense (All Games)||25.3||14.2||20.1||29:06||25-120||(4.7)||21-34||62.2%||242||(7.1)||60-362||(6.1)||(14.3)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||22||10.7||19.3||29:26||27-113||(4.3)||21-35||59.9%||220||(6.3)||61-334||(5.4)||(15.2)|
|Defense Road Games||31.8||17.5||22.3||31:30||28-128||(4.6)||22-35||63.5%||264||(7.5)||63-392||(6.2)||(12.3)|
|Stats For (All Games)||1.4||0.6||2.0||-1.2||15-6||43.2%||1-1||87.5%||3-48||(18.7)||2-21||(11)||6-50|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.9||0.7||1.6||1.8||14-5||39.6%||1-0||57.7%||3-63||(23.6)||20-2||(9.5)||6-54|
|Stats For (Road Games)||2.2||1.0||3.2||-2.3||12-4||35.6%||1-1||100.0%||3-53||(15.8)||1-8||(7.1)||4-29|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.6||0.2||0.8|| ||13-5||38.7%||0-0||50.0%||2-51||(25.3)||2-26||(13)||8-77|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||0.9||0.7||1.6|| ||13-5||38.1%||1-0||44.1%||3-69||(24)||23-2||(11.1)||6-55|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||0.7||0.2||0.8|| ||12-5||40.5%||0-0||66.7%||2-44||(22.2)||1-33||(24.7)||7-78|
|Last 3 Games||2-1||+1||1-1||2-1||24.0||11.7||385.3||(5.5)||0.7||27.7||15.0||432.7||(6)||2.7|
|Offense (All Games)||28.1||15.5||22.2||34:51||34-138||(4.1)||22-35||63.7%||245||(7)||69-383||(5.6)||(13.7)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||24.1||11.4||21||31:24||29-122||(4.2)||22-36||61.1%||237||(6.7)||64-359||(5.6)||(14.9)|
|Offense Home Games||33.2||16.8||24.2||35:32||33-117||(3.6)||24-36||68.1%||281||(7.8)||69-398||(5.8)||(12)|
|Defense (All Games)||20.2||9.5||17.8||27:07||22-91||(4.1)||20-38||53.4%||239||(6.3)||60-330||(5.5)||(16.3)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||22.9||10.8||19.8||30:33||26-110||(4.2)||21-35||60.6%||230||(6.5)||62-340||(5.5)||(14.8)|
|Defense Home Games||20.8||9.5||17.2||26:38||23-92||(4.1)||21-36||57.9%||236||(6.5)||59-328||(5.6)||(15.8)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.8||0.2||1.0||1.1||14-6||38.7%||1-0||57.1%||3-57||(21.1)||3-28||(10.7)||6-52|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||1||0.7||1.6||1.8||14-5||38.8%||1-0||56.0%||3-61||(23.7)||19-2||(9)||6-54|
|Stats For (Home Games)||0.8||0.2||1.0||0.8||13-6||42.5%||0-0||50.0%||3-68||(22.7)||2-31||(13.3)||4-38|
|Stats Against (All Games)||1.2||0.9||2.1|| ||13-4||29.9%||1-0||33.3%||4-97||(24.2)||3-30||(10.4)||6-54|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||0.9||0.7||1.7|| ||13-5||39.2%||1-0||42.5%||3-70||(24.1)||23-2||(10.6)||6-55|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||1.2||0.7||1.8|| ||13-3||27.6%||1-0||33.3%||5-125||(24.2)||2-26||(10.5)||5-54|
|Average power rating of opponents played: INDIANAPOLIS 18.2, HOUSTON 19.3|
|11/18/2012||@ NEW ENGLAND||24-59||L||10||L||54||O||24-119||27-50-329||4||25-115||24-35-331||0|
|12/16/2012||@ HOUSTON|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/23/2012||@ KANSAS CITY|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/30/2012||HOUSTON|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/10/2012||@ NEW ENGLAND||14-42||L||5.5||L||50.5||O||27-100||21-36-223||1||33-130||21-36-289||1|
|12/16/2012||INDIANAPOLIS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/23/2012||MINNESOTA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/30/2012||@ INDIANAPOLIS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|INDIANAPOLIS: There's been a lot of turnover with the Colts, and it should be evident in the new look of their running game. Offensive line coach Harold Goodwin, who came over from Pittsburgh with new offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, is versed in more of a power man-blocking scheme. Indy will try to be much more physical up front as opposed to past years. It will be a huge adjustment for their smallish o-line. Delone Carter would seem to be a better fit for their new style than Donald Brown, but Brown's more well-rounded skill set will likely make this at least a time share. Carter seems likely to get the first crack at goal-line carries. Andrew Luck essentially ran his own offense at Stanford and did it with surprising balance. This offense will feature a lot of timing routes and the Colts figure to install a two-tight end base after drafting Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen in the top 70. Fleener may be their top deep threat, stretching the middle of the field for Reggie Wayne (who will be Luck's No. 1 target). Arians ran a lot of deep crossing routes in Pittsburgh, but Donnie Avery and rookie T.Y. Hilton are Indy's only WRs with speed. Luck figures to get a little more freedom in the red zone than the typical rookie quarterback. The Colts don't have the line to really get a push in a short field, so they'll have to get creative. Fleener and Wayne are both capable red zone targets. The Colts defense was atrocious in 2011, and they could be just as bad this season. Andrew Luck might lower Indy's time on the defensive end of the field (NFL-high 33:46 per game last year), but this is a unit with a bunch of holes to patch up, and Indy focused more on offensive improvements in the draft. Dwight Freeney will shift to outside linebacker this season with Indy switching to a 3-4 under new defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano'although it will be adjustment for the veteran, he should be an effective pass rusher as long as he remains healthy. The undersized Pat Angerer made a lot of tackles last season after moving to middle LB in Week 2, and he'll be the team's primary run-stopper in Pagano's 3-4. Antoine Bethea is more effective in run support than he is in pass coverage, and his contributions will be key playing behind an undermanned front seven that will be transitioning to a new scheme. |
|HOUSTON: The Texans run the league's premier zone-blocking scheme, and they utilize it early and often. Last year, only the Tim Tebow Broncos were more run-heavy than Houston, who kept it on the ground even when quarterback Matt Schaub was healthy. When he's under center, Arian Foster still takes about 70 percent of the reps despite the emergence of Ben Tate. The Texans keep it run-heavy in the red zone, but they're much more likely to spell Foster with Tate in red zone situations. The Texans use a West Coast passing game that doesn't take a lot of chances downfield. Andre Johnson is the focal point, and they'll play him at numerous spots and are especially effective putting him in motion and creating mismatches. Owen Daniels should be healthier in his second year back from a torn ACL and is essentially the No. 2 receiver in this offense. Foster is used frequently in the screen game. Jacoby Jones had been used as a deep threat, but that role could go to rookie DeVier Posey following Jones' departure. When the Texans throw in the red zone, there is no clear-cut top option. Johnson usually draws a lot of attention, and Daniels led the team in red zone targets and catches. They'll go with two tight ends often near the goal line, and the second tight end (possibly Garrett Graham) will be targeted on the occasional play-action. Wade Phillips made dramatic improvements to this defense last year, but he also had better personnel to work with, especially in the secondary with newcomers Johnathan Joseph and Danieal Manning. Youngsters J.J. Watt and Connor Barwin are relentless pass rushers who create turnovers, and the team really didn't miss Mario Williams after he went down with a season-ending injury in October. Brian Cushing had a big year after moving inside in Phillips' 3-4 defense. With the amount of blitzing Houston does, he'll continue to make life difficult for opposing quarterbacks. |
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW (INDIANAPOLIS-HOUSTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(UPDATES Colts' injuries)
*Colts-Texans Preview* ======================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
A win over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday would clinch a second straight AFC South title for the playoff-bound Houston Texans. A loss makes the division race much more interesting.
The Texans look to bounce back from a blowout loss and prevent the surging Colts from securing a playoff berth as these teams meet in Houston for the first of two meetings over the final three weeks.
Despite a 42-14 loss at New England on Monday, Houston (11-2) still has the AFC's best record and needs only a third straight home victory over Indianapolis to win the division.
"We still control our destiny," defensive end J.J. Watt said. "We control everything. We are going to go back and focus on winning the division and locking that up. Everything is still in front of us."
However, if Indianapolis (9-4) wins Sunday, it would wrap up a playoff spot and put a division crown very much within its grasp. If the Colts win their final three games, including at Kansas City next week and at home against the Texans in the regular-season finale, they would claim the South title.
"There is no doubt that (the Texans are) the top horse right now," interim coach Bruce Arians told the Colts' official website. "We've got to go in there and knock them off."
Indianapolis has won three straight and seven of eight, moving in position to join the 2008 Miami Dolphins as the only teams to lose at least 14 games one season and make the playoffs the next.
Much of the turnaround has been attributed to Andrew Luck, whose six fourth-quarter comebacks are the highest single-season total by a rookie since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.A week after Luck's two TD passes in the final 2:39 - including one as time expired - resulted in a 35-33 win at Detroit, he helped rally the Colts from a 13-point halftime deficit in last Sunday's 27-23 victory over Tennessee.
All but one of their victories has come by seven or fewer points.
"Everybody on the team - offensively, defensively, special teams - just plays football," Luck said. "They're not worried about the scoreboard too much, not worried about what's going on. They're aware of the situations, and we just go out there and play football to the best of our abilities. It's just not overthinking all the situations."
Though he's managed to come through when needed, Luck has been far from consistent of late. He's completed less than 50 percent of his passes in back-to-back games and has 10 interceptions over the past five, including two last week while throwing for 196 yards - his second-lowest total of the season.
Luck has been sacked 10 times in the last three games, raising his total to 32 - tied for third-most in the league entering Week 15. Add in starting offensive linemen Winston Justice (biceps) and Samson Satele (ankle) getting ruled out, and the Colts could face an even tougher time trying to protect Luck from a player like Watt, who leads the AFC with 16 1/2 sacks.
That uncertainty on the offensive line also could prevent rookie Vick Ballard from building on the career-high 94 rushing yards he recorded against Tennessee. The Colts, who placed second-leading rusher Donald Brown (ankle) on injured reserve this week, are averaging 105.8 yards on the ground to rank 22nd in the NFL.
Houston ranks third against the run, giving up 90.8 yards per game despite yielding 130 to the Patriots. Over the last four games, the Texans' strongest defensive performance came when they allowed 354 total yards in a 24-10 win at Tennessee on Dec. 2. In the other three, including overtime wins over Jacksonville and Detroit, they have yielded averages of 467.3 yards and 36.7 points.
Coach Gary Kubiak also is concerned with an offense which has stumbled in the last two games, getting held under 340 total yards in both while going 8 of 31 on third downs.
"We've got issues," Kubiak said. "We've got to stop people better, we've got to move the ball better, and we've got to get rid of penalties on special teams. ... We've got to play better than we've played."
Arian Foster has been limited to 84 yards on 29 carries in the last two games, but he had rushing TDs in both and four in the last three contests. He hasn't gone three straight games without rushing for 100 yards since his 2009 rookie season.
Foster has had 100-yard games in all three of his matchups with the Colts, rushing for 491 yards and 6.9 per carry with five touchdowns. He ran for a career-high 231 yards and three TDs in a 34-24 home win over Indianapolis on Sept. 12, 2010.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 11:16:13 AM EST|