AFC Wild Card Playoff Preview: Colts at Texans
The Indianapolis Colts will travel into Houston Saturday at 4:35 ET to take on the Texans for the third time this season. Both teams split the season series, both of which were on the road. Both teams are different teams since that week four match-up. The Colts started the year 1-5 and the Texans started 0-3. Now both teams have the opportunity to compete in a playoff game and no one expected that. Both teams could have ended up throwing in the towel and settle for a high draft pick in the upcoming draft. However, now it’s time to shine and it should be one of the best games of wild card weekend.
The Colts and Texans played twice in the regular season, with both games being decided by exactly 3 points.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 5, 2019
The only matchup in the Super Bowl era to have three such games being decided that close in a single year was the 2002 Steelers-Browns games. pic.twitter.com/PR4BToWwsu
What a year it has been for Colts Quarterback Andrew Luck. He broke former Colt’s quarterback Peyton Manning’s single season passing yards’ record. Everyone knows about the doubts he had about even playing the game of football again. However, he has made a strong comeback and has led the Colts back to the playoffs since 2014. Houston Texans quarterback, DeShaun Watson, is also coming back from an ACL injury. He looked like one of the best quarterbacks a year ago as a rookie before tearing his ACL. Now both quarterbacks have something to prove this weekend.
This game is going to be a toss-up. Both offenses will score their share of points. I think the defense that causes that one turnover will untimely come out with a victory. That means either Houston Texans stars, Jadeveon Clowney or J.J Watt, will have to step up in order to slow down the red-hot Andrew Luck. Also for the Colts, Rookie outside linebacker, Darius Leonard, will have to continue his play from the regular season and not let the moment be too big for him. I expect back and forth battle in Houston, with the Colts pulling off the upset and moving on to Kansas City.
As 3-seeds go, this is about the worst possible scenario I could envision for the #Texans this weekend. Colts are the better team.— Sean Pendergast (@SeanTPendergast) December 31, 2018
–Zachary Connell (@ZackConnell2)