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Colts at Texans: What to watch for Sunday


Get back on track: A week later and it’s still hard to believe Andrew Luck and the offense were so impotent against Jacksonville, especially after the Jaguars went to Nashville and gave up a zillion yards to Tennessee’s Derrick Henry and 30 points to the Titans.


The Texans feature disruptive talent on defense – J.J.Watt, Jadeveon Clowney, Whitney Mercilus – and one of the keys to keeping Luck out of their crosshairs is to give him a reliable run game.


As impressive as Luck has been in his Comeback Season – 32 touchdowns, second-most in the NFL, and 3,360 yards while being sacked just 14 times– the Colts have been more successful when they haven’t found themselves in situations where he’s had to carry the load.


It’s thrived behind the stout play up front by Jabaal Sheard, Margus Hunt, Denico Autry and Al Woods.


The Texans aren’t shy about exposing their franchise QB to called runs, and he’s adept at tucking the ball and breaking containment when coverage takes away his options in the passing game.


He’s eclipsed the 100-yard mark six times, including a 223-yard performance in 2014 that fell 1 yard shy of matching Raymond Berry’s single-game team record.






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