A few stats and notes about last night's game…
The Texans ended a three game losing streak to the Colts with their 20-17 win on Thursday night... THANKFULLY!
Furthermore, the Texans finally beat a Jacoby Brissett-led team. Brissett was 4-0 as a starting quarterback against the Texans, having beaten them once in New England and the last three in Indianapolis.
In the first matchup, Brissett set career highs in yardage and touchdowns (326 yards and four touchdowns), but in this one, he was held to just 129 yards, a season low, (for a full game - as he only played a quarter in Pittsburgh) and no touchdowns. That's a remarkable turnaround in just five weeks.
What's remarkable is that the only member of the secondary that played a significant portion of both games was safety Jahleel Addae. In the first matchup, Lonnie Johnson Jr., Phillip Gaines and Keion Crossen played the majority of the Week 7 matchup at corner and Justin Reid and Addae played mostly at safety (Johnathan Joseph and Tashaun Gipson left early in the game with injuries). On Thursday night, Gareon Conley, Joseph and Vernon Hargreaves III manned the corner positions while Addae and Gipson handled the safety duties.
Outside linebacker Jacob Martin registered his first sack as a Texan against the Colts, although he's been darn close to others. He's been so disruptive this season, even without the sacks, but he got one on Thursday night. He hit the offensive tackle with a dip/rip with some serious speed to get to Brissett.
The Texans were 36 inches away from not giving up a sack in a game for the third time all season. Colts rookie Ben Banogu brought Deshaun Watson down for a one-yard loss, which was the only sack that the Colts had all night long.
After a career spent tormenting the Texans in NRG Stadium, star receiver T.Y. Hilton was held to three catches for 18 yards. That would be the lowest yardage output since Week 17 of the 2017 season, which ironically came against... your Houston Texans. That game at Lucas Oil Stadium is one lost in the archives for multiple reasons and one that I hardly remember. But, in NRG Stadium, Hilton has starred, yet on this night he was held to just 18 yards.
The Texans gave up 175 yards on the ground, but overall outgained the Colts by 100 yards (396 to 296).
The Colts had only seen the triumvirate of Watson, DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller V for a half prior to last night's game. In that half (back in the win over Indianapolis in 2018), Watson had a 136.4 passer rating and two passing touchdowns, one each to Hopkins and Fuller V. Hopkins had four catches for 61 yards and a touchdown, while Fuller V had four catches for 49 yards and a touchdown. Last night was a great night and it was really just an extrapolation of what this trio did in a half into a full game.
Linebacker Zach Cunningham had 16 tackles on the night, while fellow linebacker Benardrick McKinney had 11 stops. It was the fourth time in 11 games that Cunningham registered double digit tackles in a game in 2019 and the second time that McKinney had accomplished the same feat.
Hilton wasn't the only Colts receiver to have a tough night. Zach Pascal was ridiculously good in the first matchup this year with six catches for 106 yards and two touchdowns. Furthermore, in the Colts' regular season win in 2018 at NRG Stadium, he had five catches for 68 yards and a touchdown. This time? No catches. Nothing. I'd say something snarky about the scout team, but I'll refrain (if you know, you'll get it).
Alright, that'll do it. See y'all next week.
Houston Texans take on the Indianapolis Colts at NRG Stadium for the eleventh game of the 2019 NFL season.