|Last 3 Games||1-2||-3.1||1-2||1-2||16.3||7.7||309.0||(5.3)||1.0||27.3||14.7||345.3||(5.4)||1.0|
|Offense (All Games)||26.7||14.9||21.5||34:06||33-134||(4.1)||22-35||63.7%||239||(6.9)||67-373||(5.6)||(14)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||23.8||11.4||20.7||31:07||29-122||(4.3)||22-35||61.1%||232||(6.6)||64-355||(5.6)||(14.9)|
|Offense Road Games||23.7||14.3||20.4||34:17||35-156||(4.5)||20-34||59.7%||215||(6.3)||69-371||(5.4)||(15.6)|
|Defense (All Games)||20.2||9.7||18.2||27:37||24-99||(4.2)||20-37||53.2%||228||(6.2)||61-327||(5.4)||(16.2)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||22.4||10.9||19.8||30:38||27-114||(4.2)||21-35||59.8%||228||(6.4)||62-342||(5.5)||(15.2)|
|Defense Road Games||19.7||9.4||18.4||27:32||22-90||(4.1)||20-40||50.0%||242||(6)||62-332||(5.4)||(16.8)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.7||0.3||1.0||0.9||14-5||37.1%||0-0||57.1%||3-56||(21)||3-26||(10.3)||7-54|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.9||0.6||1.5||1.8||14-5||38.1%||1-0||53.3%||3-59||(23.5)||21-2||(9.4)||7-56|
|Stats For (Road Games)||0.9||0.1||1.0||1.3||15-5||35.8%||1-0||60.0%||2-47||(19.5)||3-25||(8.8)||8-64|
|Stats Against (All Games)||1.0||0.9||1.9|| ||13-4||31.0%||1-0||31.2%||4-95||(24.6)||3-31||(10.1)||6-56|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1||0.7||1.7|| ||13-5||38.4%||1-0||44.7%||3-68||(23.7)||22-2||(10.1)||6-55|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||1.1||1.1||2.3|| ||14-4||31.6%||1-0||33.3%||3-73||(24.3)||3-34||(10.4)||6-54|
|Last 3 Games||2-1||+1||2-1||1-2||21.3||10.0||276.3||(4.7)||1.0||21.7||14.3||426.7||(6.8)||1.7|
|Offense (All Games)||21.9||11.7||22.7||30:44||27-106||(3.9)||22-40||54.2%||263||(6.6)||67-369||(5.5)||(16.8)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||24.1||11.4||20.6||31:60||28-122||(4.3)||21-35||60.8%||233||(6.6)||64-355||(5.6)||(14.7)|
|Offense Home Games||22.4||11.6||22.6||32:56||30-108||(3.6)||22-40||55.4%||263||(6.6)||70-371||(5.3)||(16.5)|
|Defense (All Games)||24.7||13.8||20.4||29:35||27-139||(5.1)||21-33||62.2%||236||(7.1)||60-376||(6.2)||(15.2)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||21.3||10.6||19.3||30:51||27-118||(4.3)||21-35||59.7%||218||(6.3)||62-336||(5.4)||(15.7)|
|Defense Home Games||19.7||11.3||18.1||27:04||23-113||(4.9)||21-34||61.0%||224||(6.6)||57-337||(5.9)||(17.1)|
|Stats For (All Games)||1.2||0.6||1.8||-0.9||14-6||41.6%||1-0||87.5%||3-52||(20.2)||2-20||(10.9)||6-52|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.9||0.7||1.6||1.9||13-5||38.3%||1-0||54.5%||3-63||(23.5)||22-2||(10)||6-53|
|Stats For (Home Games)||0.7||0.3||1.0||-0.3||17-8||47.9%||0-0||50.0%||2-43||(23.2)||3-32||(12.5)||8-68|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.7||0.2||0.9|| ||12-5||37.6%||0-0||42.9%||2-49||(24.3)||2-23||(11.4)||8-76|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1||0.7||1.7|| ||13-5||36.9%||1-0||43.8%||3-69||(23.5)||23-2||(10.5)||6-54|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||0.6||0.1||0.7|| ||13-5||37.1%||0-0||33.3%||2-56||(28)||3-20||(7.8)||8-76|
|Average power rating of opponents played: HOUSTON 18.7, INDIANAPOLIS 17.2|
|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|
|12/30/2012||@ INDIANAPOLIS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/18/2012||@ NEW ENGLAND||24-59||L||10||L||54||O||24-119||27-50-329||4||25-115||24-35-331||0|
|12/23/2012||@ KANSAS CITY||20-13||W||-4.5||W||41.5||U||26-90||17-36-198||0||44-352||10-22-155||3|
|12/30/2012||HOUSTON|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|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. |
|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. |
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW (HOUSTON-INDIANAPOLIS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(UPDATES Foster's status)
*Texans-Colts Preview* ======================
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
Chuck Pagano has been a source of inspiration for the Indianapolis Colts throughout their improbable season.
Now he'll finally get to do it from the sidelines.
After waging a successful three-month fight with leukemia, Pagano has resumed his coaching duties. He'll be back on the field for the first time since Week 3 on Sunday when the Colts close the regular season against the visiting Houston Texans, who will be playing for the top seed in the AFC playoffs.
"I feel great, my weight is back, my energy is back and again, it's just a blessing to be back here," Pagano said.
He'll be taking over after interim coach Bruce Arians led Indianapolis, a league-worst 2-14 last season, to victories in eight of its past 10 games.
"He's always been our head coach," Arians said of Pagano.
While the Colts (10-5) can't move out of the No. 5 seed in the AFC regardless of what happens this week, Pagano will try to help the team regain some momentum heading into the playoffs after a pair of poor performances. A week after never leading in a 29-17 loss at Houston, Indianapolis needed yet another late touchdown drive engineered by Andrew Luck to beat lowly Kansas City 20-13 last Sunday.
The Texans (12-3) also haven't been at their best lately, sandwiching the win over the Colts with losses to New England and Minnesota by a combined 45 points. However, they still have a chance to clinch home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs with a win Sunday, or if both Denver and the Patriots lose.
"We know what it takes," said defensive end J.J. Watt, two sacks shy of Michael Strahan's single-season record of 22 1/2. "We're going to get focused, and then we're going to come out there and earn ourselves home-field advantage."
The health of Arian Foster could be a key. He had season lows of 10 carries and 15 yards in a 23-6 loss to the Vikings last Sunday before leaving in the third quarter with an irregular heartbeat.
However, Foster practiced all week, and coach Gary Kubiak said the AFC's second-leading rusher (1,328 yards) will play Sunday.
"I appreciate all the concern and support," Foster tweeted earlier this week. "I am doing well. Saw a cardiologist today and everything is back to normal."
Foster rushed for 165 yards on 27 carries versus the Colts earlier this month. He's run for more than 100 yards in each of his four career games against them, averaging 164.0 yards with five touchdowns.
Houston's dynamic running game has to be a concern for the Colts after allowing the Chiefs to rush for 352 yards - their most since 1966 - on 8.0 yards per carry.
Indianapolis also has to deal with Andre Johnson, who had 11 catches for 151 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting and leads the AFC in receiving yards (1,457).
The Texans, however, likely need to fix their problems on third downs after going 1 of 11 against the Vikings and 14 of 55 (25.5 percent) in December.
"There's many, many issues going on," Kubiak said. "But there is one consistent issue and the consistent issue is third-and-long."
Indianapolis has been tough in that category, ranking 10th in defensive third-down percentage (33.3) in December after holding the Chiefs to 2 of 10.
Luck broke Cam Newton's single-season mark for passing yards (4,051) by a first-year quarterback last Sunday, but he also completed fewer than 50 percent of his passes for the fourth straight contest. He was 13 of 27 for 186 yards and two touchdowns while getting sacked a season-high five times in his first look at the Texans, who lead the NFL in defensive completion percentage (53.2) and rank fifth with 43 sacks.
"As an offense, if we can control the ball and not give it over, we're going to have a chance to win," Luck said.
Reggie Wayne, who scored the go-ahead touchdown against the Chiefs, had his worst game of the season against Houston with three catches for 14 yards. His 102 receptions are nine shy of his career high from 2010.
The Colts haven't had more than 300 yards in total offense in three straight weeks after eclipsing that mark in 10 of their first 12 games.
Houston has never won in 10 all-time trips to Indianapolis. The Colts have won five straight home games - none by more than seven points.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 3:48:04 AM EST|