In Sunday's loss to the Colts, Eddie Pleasant gave the Texans a boost at the end of the first half.
With the Texans down 10-0 to Indianapolis, the veteran safety popped Indianapolis' Jacoby Brissett and knocked the ball loose, which Lamarr Houston picked up and rumbled into the end zone with for a 34-yard touchdown.
On the Colts' next offensive play, Pleasant blasted Brissett again, picking up sack number two on the day and pushing Indianapolis back six yards to their 19-yard line. The next play, Pleasant drilled Frank Gore for a loss of a yard, and the Colts kneeled out the game clock on the ensuing play before the half ended.
"That was big," cornerback Johnathan Joseph said. "Eddie always plays hard, with great energy. He's tough. Excited for him to go in there and get a couple of sacks and make that play. I think that play kind of put some momentum in our favor headed into the half."
On the strip-sack that led to the Houston touchdown, Pleasant burst through untouched.
"Coach called up a dime blitz, money blitz and I came off the edge," Pleasant said. "I hit him and the ball came out."
Pleasant's teammates weren't surprised by his three-play burst to help close out the half.
"Eddie's a great player," cornerback Kevin Johnson said. "I expect that out of Eddie every time he's out on the field. He can make a great play for us. I wasn't surprised at all."
Pleasant finished the day with four tackles, two sacks, a tackle for loss and a forced fumble.