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Texans get better in red zone, but still seek improvement

The Texans were better in the red zone on Sunday.

But they still weren't satisfied.

Five times the Texans made it inside the Indianapolis 20-yard line. On the first three, which came in regulation, they scored touchdowns. The final two were in overtime, and they resulted in Ka'imi Fairbairn field goals. Houston came into contest struggling to score six on trips to the red zone, ranking in the bottom third of the NFL.

They were markedly better on Sunday, but not good enough.

"We capitalized on the mistakes that the other team did and we just felt like we left a lot of points on the field," quarterback Deshaun Watson said. "But we're going to watch the film and correct the mistakes and continue to build on it."

Watson and company broke a 7-all game late in the first quarter when the quarterback hit Will Fuller, V for a 3-yard score. It came on their third play inside the red zone, and the fifth play of the drive.

Just before the half, following a J.J. Watt strip-sack that was recovered by Duke Ejiofor at the Colts' 8-yard line, Watson and the Texans struck again. Lamar Miller picked up three yards on a run, and Watson linked up with DeAndre Hopkins for a 5-yard touchdown.

Hopkins, who caught 10 passes for 169 yards, routinely dealt with double-teams. He praised Watson.

"A lot of times they had four eyes on me, so sometimes as a quarterback, I'm pretty sure that's tough," Hopkins said. "But he stayed in the pocket and trusted me to make plays."

The first drive of the second half saw Watson and the Texans roll for 15 plays and 79 yards, while burning up 8:21 of game clock. It ended with a Watson run to the left for five yards and a touchdown.

"We did a little bit better in the red area, but not as good as we needed to do," head coach Bill O'Brien said. "Our plays were there this week, and we'll learn from the film, but I still think we can do a better job down there."

Watson would finish with 375 passing yards, and completed 29-of-42 attempts. He had a pair of touchdowns to go with an interception, and a quarterback rating of 102.8. Watson was also sacked seven times, but he never wavered.

"Deshaun has a real intense will to win," O'Brien said. "He'll learn a lot from this game. He made some great plays, and he made some plays that he'll learn from. I'm glad he's on our team."

Watson's thrown seven touchdowns in 2018, and 26 in his career. It's taken him just 11 games to reach that mark, and only Kurt Warner (27) threw more in a start to his career. In nine of those 11 games, he's thrown for two touchdowns or more.

Watson and the Texans will practice Wednesday through Friday at the Houston Methodist Training Center, and host the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football.

The Houston Texans traveled over to Lucas Oil Stadium to defeat the Indianapolis Colts for Week 4 of the 2018 NFL season.

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