Houston Texans: Three Keys Against the Indianapolis Colts

The Houston Texans face a familiar foe in the first round of the NFL Playoffs. On Saturday, they will play division foe the Indianapolis Colts. These two teams split their season series. Each team winning on the others home field. They were also close games. Each team only won their respective game by three points. Additionally, the Texans won in overtime. Therefore, you would expect this to be another close game. What do the Texans need to do to move on in the tournament? Here are three keys to a victory.

Pressure

The Houston Texans have one of the better pass rushes in the NFL. In order to beat the Indianapolis Colts, they will need that pass rush on Saturday.  The Texans finished tied for 11th in the league with 43 sacks on the season. While the o-line of the Indianapolis Colts has held up this season (18 sacks), they have had their struggles in the past. The playoffs are a different animal. They will need to hold up as they did under the added weight.

Deshaun Watson

This will be the first playoff game for the young QB. He has had an incredible season for the Texans. Although he started out slow, he has finished strong. Watson has over 4,000 yards to go along with 26 TDs and 9 INTs. However, it could be the use of his legs that make a difference for the Houston Texans. His ability to run will put added pressure on the Colts defense.

The Run Game

Lamar Miller and company will need to have a solid game against the Indianapolis Colts. This is three-fold. One, it keeps the Texans offense on the field and allows the defense to rest. Two, wearing down the defense of the Colts will be key to a big fourth quarter for Houston. Three, this will give the play action game a huge lift for Watson, Hopkins, and company.

The Houston Texans went from worst to first in 2018. It is time for them to make a move in the AFC. This could be the first step towards playing in the AFC Championship Game.

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