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Manning-Handled

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 2, 2010 – 12:15 am

Postgame thoughts from Texans play-by-play man Marc Vandermeer of SportsRadio 610:
 
The thing about the Texans’ losses this season is that they’ve all been decisive. The 30-17 knockout that the Colts put on them was another example of all three phases (OK, special teams weren’t so bad) failing to deliver a winning performance.
 
Gary Kubiak said after the Texans beat the Chiefs that offense and special teams would have to step up and take the heat off a defense that was struggling. The offense failed to get into the red zone until the second half and special teams had its moments, but this was a night when a forced turnover or return for a score in that department might have made a big difference.
 
The game plan went awry when Matt Schaub showed up off-target and pass protection broke down. Given another shot at this matchup, Gary Kubiak would undoubtedly run the ball more. It’s as if the Texans thought the Colts would sell out to stop the run so they had to throw it. On the contrary, the coaching staff left some rushing yards on the field by electing to throw, which played right into Indy’s hands.
 
It didn’t matter that the Colts were depleted in the secondary. As long as Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney are around, there is the potential for mayhem, and that’s what they caused with Schaub on Monday night.
 
The defense held the Colts to 23 points, which is hardly cause for celebration, but it is a number the Texans should be able to live with. That is, unless they don’t capitalize on a vulnerable run defense and don’t throw it into the hands of speedy corners.
 
Now, at 4-3, they have to find a way to beat San Diego Sunday or the solid work of a 4-2 start gets mortgaged into a .500 mark at the halfway point with a near-miracle stretch run needed to make the postseason.


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Game wrap

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 1, 2010 – 11:19 pm

INDIANAPOLIS — The Texans fell to 4-3 with a 30-17 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Monday Night Football.

The team is about to head back to Houston on a red-eye flight. They’ll face the San Diego Chargers at Reliant Stadium in six days.

Click here for a replay of our live, interactive game chat from tonight’s game.


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Texans-Colts: Halftime by the numbers

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 1, 2010 – 9:21 pm

We’re at halftime of the Texans’ Week 8 game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts will receive to start the third quarter. Here’s a look at halftime by the numbers:

17-3: The score, in favor of the Colts
165-89: Total yards, in favor of the Colts
88-24: Passing yards, in favor of the Colts
77-65: Rushing yards, in favor of the Colts
18:48-11:12: Time of possession, in favor of the Colts
10-4: First downs, in favor of the Colts
14.6: Passer rating for Texans QB Matt Schaub, on 5-of-15 passing
1: Pick-six thrown by Schaub, to Colts CB Kelvin Hayden
2: Times Schaub has been sacked
1: Times the Texans have sacked Colts QB Peyton Manning (DE Mark Anderson)
65: Rushing yards for Texans RB Arian Foster, on eight carries
40: Rushing yards Foster had at halftime in Week 1 against the Colts before finishing with 231
67: Rushing yards for third-string Colts RB Mike Hart, who started tonight
7: Tackles for Texans LB Zac Diles, which leads all players
4: Tackles for Texans LB Brian Cushing in his first half at middle linebacker
24.5: Average yards per kickoff return for Texans WR Jacoby Jones
53: Yards on Texans K Neil Rackers’ second-quarter field goal


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Halftime notes

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 1, 2010 – 9:10 pm

HALFTIME NOTES

HOUSTON TEXANS 3  – INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 17

Paid Attendance: 66,363

· Today’s game captains were LB Kevin Bentley, WR Andre Johnson, QB Matt Schaub and DE Mario Williams.  Strength and conditioning coach Cedric Smith was named the team’s sixth captain for the second consecutive game.

· The Texans won the toss and elected to receive.

· Tonight’s game marked the first road game on Monday Night Football in Texans history.  Houston has played two home games on Monday night and is 1-1 on Monday.

· WR Andre Johnson caught an 11-yard pass on the game’s opening play, extending his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 72.  Johnson has caught a pass in 107 of his 108 career games played.

· CB Brice McCain made his second start of the season and the second of his career when the Texans opened the game with five defensive backs.  Both of McCain’s starts have come against the Colts.

· DT Malcolm Sheppard made his NFL debut as a member of the kickoff return unit and as a reserve on defense.

· DT Damione Lewis made his Texans debut when he came on as a reserve in the first quarter.  Lewis signed with the Texans on October 25.

· DE Mark Anderson picked up his first sack as a Texan when he tackled Indianapolis QB Peyton Manning for a nine-yard loss in the first quarter.  Anderson has 22.5 career sacks.

· K Neil Rackers booted a 53-yard field goal in the second quarter.  It was his longest as a Texan and his longest since 2008, when he hit a 54-yarder on 11/16/08 at Seattle as a member of the Seattle Seahawks.

· P Matt Turk boomed a 59-yard punt in the second quarter, giving him at least one punt of 50 yards or more in each of the last four games.


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Texans-Colts inactives, lineup changes

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 1, 2010 – 6:18 pm

Hot off the presses, here are inactives and lineup changes for the Texans’ Week 8 Monday Night Football game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Kickoff is at 8:30 p.m. ET (7:30 CT).

Texans inactives
9 QB Matt Leinart (third quarterback)
19 WR Dorin Dickerson
24 CB Karl Paymah
51 LB Darryl Sharpton
64 G Kasey Studdard
72 DE Jesse Nading
88 TE Garrett Graham
92 DT Earl Mitchell

Texans starting lineup changes
None announced.

Notes
Mitchell was listed as doubtful with an ankle injury. Newly-signed defensive tackles Damione Lewis and Malcolm Sheppard and linebacker Stanford Keglar are all active.

Colts inactives
17 WR Austin Collie
21 DB Bob Sanders
25 DB Jerraud Powers
27 DB Jacob Lacey
29 RB Joseph Addai
53 LB Kavell Connor
65 OG Jacques McClendon
99 DT Antonio Johnson

Colts starting lineup changes
Kyle Devan will start at left guard for Jamey Richard. Brody Eldridge will start at tight end for Jacob Tamme. Mike Hart will start at running back for Addai. Tamme will start at H-back for Eldridge. Pat Angerer will start at strongside linebacker for Phillip Wheeler. Justin Tryon will start at right cornerback for Powers.


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Coming up on HoustonTexans.com

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 1, 2010 – 5:55 pm

The roof is closed at Lucas Oil Stadium, and a small group of players are warming up on the field under the bright lights with less than two hours until kickoff.

Stay tuned to HoustonTexans.com for our coverage of the first Monday night road game in Texans history. Drew Dougherty of Texans TV will host a live pregame show from the press box 90 minutes before kickoff at 6 p.m. CT. Robert Henlsee of SportsRadio 610 AM will be his first guest, and I’ll make an appearance on the show to go over inactives and five things to watch for in tonight’s game.

Starting at approximately 7 p.m. CT, 30 minutes before kickoff, join in our live game chat on HoustonTexans.com. We’ll be providing live updates from the press box as well as posting your comments and answering a few questions while we’re at it.


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On the scene at Lucas Oil Stadium

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 1, 2010 – 5:00 pm

INDIANAPOLIS — We’re set up in the press box at Lucas Oil Stadium with about two-and-a-half hours until kickoff of the Texans’ Week 8 game against the Indianapolis Colts on Monday Night Football. Kickoff is at 8:30 p.m. ET locally in Indianapolis, or 7:30 p.m. in Houston.

The stadium was a short five-minute bus ride from the team hotel in downtown Indianapolis. The first buses arrived at about 4:45 p.m. ET with a small group of players, coaches and staff members on board. Here are a few photos from right after we arrived on one of those buses.

View from the field at Lucas Oil Stadium

View from the press box, giant American flag and all

Another shot from the press box


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Texans playing for first place

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 1, 2010 – 11:28 am

INDIANAPOLIS — With the Tennessee Titans at 5-3 after losing to the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, the Texans (4-2) and Colts (4-2) are playing for sole possession of first place in the AFC South tonight on Monday Night Football.

I’ll be blogging/chatting/posting questions and comments throughout the game along with Drew Dougherty of Texans TV. We’re heading to Lucas Oil Stadium with the team around 5 p.m. ET, three-and-a-half hours before kickoff.

In the meantime, here are five things to watch for in tonight’s game.


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Texans arrive in Indy

Posted by Nick Scurfield on October 31, 2010 – 3:10 pm

INDIANAPOLIS — The Texans arrived in Indianapolis this afternoon in advance of their Monday Night Football showdown with the Colts. The team charter plane landed at about 2 p.m. ET.

It’s a chilly 54 degrees here in Indy, but the Texans will play indoors tomorrow night at Lucas Oil Stadium. Kickoff is at 8:30 p.m. ET (7:30 CT), which gives the Texans about 30 hours from the time they landed for meetings, rest and other preparations.


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Texans-Colts Saturday injury report

Posted by Nick Scurfield on October 30, 2010 – 2:17 pm

Here’s the Saturday injury report for the Texans and Indianapolis Colts. As a reminder, everything is pushed back a day this week because the Texans are playing on Monday Night Football. This is like a typical Friday injury report:

Texans

Out

Doubtful
DT Earl Mitchell (ankle/DNP), DE Jesse Nading (knee/DNP)

Questionable
G Mike Brisiel (knee/limited)

Probable
LB Xavier Adibi (hamstring/full), LB Kevin Bentley (knee/limited), TE Owen Daniels (knee/full), WR Dorin Dickerson (knee/full), TE Garrett Graham (shoulder/full), WR Andre Johnson (ankle/full), CB Sherrick McManis (hamstring/full), CB Karl Paymah (wrist/full), LB Darryl Sharpton (ankle/full)

Notes: Daniels practiced fully on Saturday after being limited all week.

Colts

Out
WR Austin Collie (hand/DNP), LB Kavell Connor (foot/DNP), DT Antonio Johnson (knee/DNP), DB Bob Sanders (biceps/DNP)

Doubtful
RB Joseph Addai (neck/DNP)

Questionable
RB Donald Brown (hamstring/full), WR Pierre Garcon (hamstring/full), WR Anthony Gonzalez (ankle/full), DB Jacoby Lacey (foot/DNP), DB Jerraud Powers (foot/DNP), WR Reggie Wayne (hamstring/full)

Probable
LB Gary Brackett (groin/full)

Notes: Lacey and Powers, both listed as questionable, did not participate in practice at all this week.


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