Lost in the aftermath of the Texans defeat at Indy on October 17 was the fact that this was anybody's game at the half. In fact, although the Texans trailed 10-3, they were better on third down, had outrushed Indy by a three to one margin and had only given up one big play.
Thirty minutes later, they'd be licking their wounds after a scoreless half in which the Colts put up 21 unanswered points, including two Jonathan Taylor TDs and Carson Wentz's second TD pass of the day.
In the first half, Davis Mills completed 74% of his passes and the Texans had 56 rushing yards. The turnover bug bit after intermission.
Now, Tyrod Taylor gets a shot at Indy and it's at home on Battle Red Day. Taylor's running and scrambling ability should help the cause. He's also third among all active quarterbacks in career interception rate at 1.6%. Aaron Rodgers is first.
And Houston's defense will try to slow down Taylor, the league's leading rusher, and hope they can get takeaways, something they weren't able to do at Lucas Oil Stadium.
I'm glad it's Battle Red Day. I have a giant photo hanging in my office of the very first one in 2003. It shows Aaron Glenn and Eric Brown getting ready to come out of the tunnel prior to the Texans upset of Super Bowl bound Carolina. Glenn is now the Defensive Coordinator in Detroit while Brown resides in Houston.
If the Texans are going to pull off the upset on Sunday, they'll have to be at their best. The Colts have won six of their last nine after a 1-4 start. Houston is looking for only its 10th win all-time against Indy. The fact that the Texans were able to hang with them for a half and that they beat division leader Tennessee two weeks ago will have the Colts on alert.
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The Houston Texans roster in photos.