The Houston Texans released their Thursday injury report ahead of their Week 13 encounter with the Indianapolis Colts Sunday at 12:00 p.m. CT at NRG Stadium.
There was no change from the Wednesday injury report for the Texans. Defensive tackle Ross Blacklock and running back C.J. Prosise did not practice for the second straight day with an illness, and fullback Cullen Gillaspia was out with a back injury.
The Colts look to bounce back after possibly their worst performance of the season last week against the Titans. While Houston has largely struggled this year, the Texans could pose a threat to Indy with many key players out.
The absence of Anthony Castonzo will expose a hole in the Colts’ offensive line as we say last week and against Cleveland. Blocking J.J. Watt off the edge will have to be a top priority if the Colts want to have any offensive success.
The Texans have one of the worst run defenses in the NFL and with Jonathan Taylor returning from the reserve/COVID-19 list, it is vital that the run game gets going this week. Hopefully, Taylor, Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins can find balance in a shared backfield the way they have in many Colts’ wins this year.
In the end, the Colts will expose the many holes in the Texans defense and control the game from start to finish. If Matt Eberflus and this defense can limit Deshaun Watson, even in the slightest, it should be an easy afternoon for Indy.
After a disappointing home divisional loss to the Tennessee Titans last week, the Indianapolis Colts (7-4) head south to face the Houston Texans (4-7) for the first time this season.
While the Texans are 4-7, and all but out of the playoff race, they have won 3 of their last 4 games, averaging 32 points per game in that stretch. That’s in no small part due to Deshaun Watson, who’s having a great season with 26 TD, 5 INT.
Thankfully for the Colts, they get back some of their starters from the COVID-19 list, DeForest Buckner, Denico Autry, and Jonathon Taylor. Expect all three to play a major role in Sunday’s game.
I expect Indianapolis to come out a little more focused after losing their most important game of the season last week. The defense has given up an average of 26 points in the first half in their last three games, which will need to be better if they want to win this game.
here are plenty of factors coming into this game that will determine the outcome. While the Colts will be without left tackle Anthony Castonzo, the offense should be able to get enough done against a poor Texans defense. However, this absence on the left side would likely be the reason the Colts lose if that winds up being the outcome.
But the Colts also got some reinforcements back from the reserve/COVID-19 list. Most of all, defensive tackle DeForest Buckner is back after missing a game, and that will be crucial in containing Deshaun Watson. Along with Buckner, defensive end Denico Autry will be back as well.
This should be a competitive game. The Texans are playing well under Romeo Crennel, and Deshaun Watson has the talent to keep this close. But when it comes down to it, the Colts will walk away with a close win thanks to some second-half adjustments.