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Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
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10:00 AM PT11:00 AM MT12:00 PM CT1:00 PM ET18:00 GMT2:00 AM 北京时间11:00 AM MST1:00 PM EST12:00 PM CT22:00 UAE13:00 ETNaN:� , December 11, 2016
Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana  Attendance: 65,250

Surging Colts host slumping Texans in key AFC South battle

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Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts

  1. The Texans fell to the Packers, 21-13, in Green Bay last week, their third-straight loss and second straight by the same score. The loss also drops them to 1-5 on the road this season, one of nine teams with one or fewer road wins in 2016. The Texans have had a turnover in every game but one this season, their lone road win in Jacksonville.
  2. The Colts beat the Jets, 41-10, at MetLife Stadium last week, improving to 6-6, tied with the Texans and Titans for the best record in the AFC South. The 41 points was the most by a Colts team since Week 13 of the 2014 season, when they beat Washington, 49-27. It was also the fewest points they've allowed since Week 17 of the 2014 season, when they beat the Titans 27-10.
  3. Prior to last season's 16-10 win in Week 15 at Lucas Oil Stadium, the Texans had lost all 13 games they'd played in Indianapolis in franchise history. That win also snapped a six-game losing streak overall to the Colts, and with their 26-23 overtime win earlier this season, the Texans have back-to-back wins against Indianapolis for the first time ever.
  4. Brock Osweiler has been strong in divisional games this season, posting a 3-0 record, a 62.1 completion percentage, and averaging 6.04 yard per attempt, while taking only an average of one sack per game. Conversely, in non-divisional games, he is 3-6 with a 59.0 completion percentage, averaging 5.68 yards per attempt, and has been sacked an average of 2.1 times per game.
  5. Andrew Luck had one of his best games during his time in the NFL on Sunday, throwing for 278 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. He posted career bests in passer rating (147.6) and first-down percentage (60.7), and his 78.6 completion percentage was the second best single-game mark of his career.
  6. The Texans are averaging just 13.2 points per game on the road, the worst in the NFL. Meanwhile, while the Colts are averaging 29.3 points per game on the road, they're scoring just 22.5 points per game at home (the 6.8-point drop-off at home is the biggest in the league).
Team Comparison

Houston
 
Indianapolis
17.3 Points 25.9
209.1 Pass Yds 279.7
121.2 Rush Yds 99.0
11 Takeaways 11

Just under two months ago, following their spirited fourth-quarter rally to victory over the Indianapolis Colts, the Texans owned a two-game lead in the AFC South, including a pair of victories over their most threatening divisional rivals.

As a testament to how quickly wind changes directions in the NFL, the Colts (6-6) will host Houston (6-6) on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium with a share of first place in the division on the line. With the Tennessee Titans (6-6) also tied atop the division, the Texans are in the precarious position of having to not only fend off the Colts and Titans for a division title that once seemed theirs to lose, but they must also reverse the nosedive that put Indianapolis and Tennessee in position to swipe the AFC South.

While the Colts have won three of four, Houston has dropped three consecutive games. The Texans' offensive woes have been longstanding yet their recent late-game defensive collapses are equally troubling. Injuries have undermined them defensively, with cornerback Johnathan Joseph (ribs), linebacker John Simon (chest) and end Jadeveon Clowney (wrist/elbow) missing varying lengths of time recently.

But the bigger picture is the Texans have gagged up what previously appeared to be a comfortable lead in a widely panned division. While the Texans rarely performed like a juggernaut, they won just enough over the first half of the season to seem viable as a postseason lock. Now that their record matches their uneven efforts, the Texans appear to be in serious trouble as the stretch run approaches.

"I don't know," Texans coach Bill O'Brien said after being asked what's different between his team now as opposed to in mid-October. "I think every week is different. I'm not sure what's different about our team right now. I think we've got to get back on the winning side of things. What's different is we've lost three in a row and we've got to get back on the winning side of things. Our guys realize that."

For a team seeking even the smallest measure of good news, a return to relative good health qualifies. The remaining challenge is maintaining a positive perspective.

"A three-game losing streak can get a lot of guys down, especially guys that are young that have never lost like that coming from college," Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins said. "Just to show them, it's a long NFL season. I've seen a lot of teams with losing records make it to the playoffs and go deep. You just have to encourage those guys."

The Colts find themselves in a different role after having built momentum with their recent success. Indianapolis pulled out of its tailspin after blowing a 14-point lead to the Texans in the first meeting, overcoming a spate of injuries to find stability on both sides of the ball and set the stage to take the division lead on their home turf.

"We can't sit here -- you look back at that game and where we were record-wise, it would be real easy to go 'woe is me' and fold your tent, but that's not our character," Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. "That's not our foundation. That's not in our DNA because of our players and because of our staff, our coaches. They do such a great job."

Given the stakes, neither team is leaning on maladies as an excuse.

"We know what situation we're in," Colts running back Frank Gore said. "I know they also may change because they're the same way. It's going to be a tough game. We just want to go out there and try to get a win. Get a win and put us in a better situation. We know it's going to be tough."

Updated December 9, 2016

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