3 Things for Colts to win
1. Don’t have Matt Hasselbeck drop back and throw the ball 40+ times. Last week you caught a break with Hasselbeck attempting 47 passes and winning against a Jaguars team that couldn’t hit a field goal in the clutch to save their lives. If you want to win tonight give the ball to Frank Gore and do not force your 40-year-old quarterback to win it with his arm.
2. Bottle up Arian Foster. The Colts defense has played better against the run than the pass this season and this needs to continue. Foster is a game changer and if you do not contain him then he can shorten the game, win the time of possession battle, and give his defense well needed rest.
3. Get after Ryan Mallett. Your secondary is banged up and Vontae Davis is playing hurt, so the best way to alleviate your secondary woes is to get after the quarterback. Trent Cole, Robert Mathis, and company need to put their stamp on this game.
3 Things for Texans to win
1. Feed the beast. All pro running back Arian Foster played sparingly last week but you are 1-3 and need to win this tough divisional game. The key to winning this game is to take the training wheels off of Foster and get the ball to him as much as possible whether its by the ground or by air. Foster only received 8 carries on a pitch count last week but he is the best player on your team so feed him.
2. Someone other than J.J. Watt needs to step up on defense. Watt has taken the league by storm with his dynamic playmaking in dominant fashion. But he is only one man and it takes a village to win games in the NFL. Brian Cushing, Jadeveon Clowney, Kareem Jackson, Vince Wilfork, and Johnathan Joseph can you please help the man out?
3. Take some shots down the field. QB Ryan Mallett has a tremendous arm but he often times dinks and dunks and doesn’t utilize his natural gift. However, to take these shots, the running game needs to be efficient and the offensive line needs to give the young QB some time. DeAndre Hopkins is a star receiver that many don’t talk about, take some shots to him on Thursday Night and people will learn today.
What to watch for…
Passing Attempts. The team with the least passing attempts will more than likely win this game. Whichever running back controls the game will lead his team to victory.
The Front Office Says…
The Indianapolis Colts to win.