The Colts Defeat the Texans 27-20 on Thursday Night Football: Top Takeaways

  • The biggest storyline was Andre Johnson’s return to Houston. The Colts made sure to get Johnson more involved in the offense, in order for him to get  proper revenge against his former team. Johnson had 6 receptions for 77 yards, and 2 touchdowns. He showed flashes of the old Andre Johnson; physical, explosive, and sure handed.
  • Speaking of old timers, Frank Gore had his best game of the season. Like Johnson, Gore showed glimmers and flashes of his old self. Gore ran for 98 yards on 22 carries, and an average of 4.54 yards per carry. Another important stat for Gore: no fumbles. The running back has recently struggled with fumbles, but on Thursday Night, Gore played smart, tough football: something we expected all along when the Colts signed him.
  • With Luck hurt, the Colts should be thankful about the effective play from 39 year old quarterback Matt Hasselbeck. Hasselbeck’s play has been surprisingly effective for a quarterback that many thought would be cut before the 2015 season.
  • The Texans are on the other hand, can only dream about the Colts stability at quarterback. Both Brian Hoyer nor Ryan Mallett have shown nor done enough to establish themselves as a starter. On Thursday Night, Mallett got the starting job, and played poorly before getting hurt. Hoyer came in and played fairly well besides throwing a terrible interception that basically clinched the win for the Colts. Hoyer seems like the favorite to start next few game based on his better touch and accuracy. However, there is no doubt that the Texans will be shopping for a new quarterback in 2016. The Texans have always been held back by mediocre quarterback play and the 2015 season is perfect example of what a lack of quarterback can do for a team.
  • For all the woes on offense, at least they have a legitimate wide receiver in DeAndre Hopkins. Hopkins is seriously putting himself in discussions of “top 10 wide receivers in the NFL.” Hopkins has the most receiving yards in the NFL  and is on pace for 1850 yards for the season. Hopkins combination of raw speed and hands makes him one of the best wide receivers in football today.
  • The Texans defense has been a huge disappointment, but Jadeveon Clowney is on the right track towards living up to the expectations of the 1 overall pick. While he has yet to record a sack, he consistently creates pressure to opposing qbs, and is excellent run stopper. Just look at this play when he stuffed Frank Gore for a 4 yard loss with only 1 arm.https://vine.co/v/e0hEWHU3t7w

 

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