Hous­ton de­fense ap­pears to be ready for play­offs


The Denver Post - - AROUND THE NFL - By Michael Marot

IN­DI­ANAPO­LIS» The Hous­ton Texans hoped to cash in on a hefty off­sea­son in­vest­ment in the of­fense.

Turns out, their rugged de­fense may still be the way to the play­offs.

On a day the Texans scored only one touch­down against In­di­anapo­lis, the de­fense forced three turnovers and stopped the Colts on fourth-and-1 with 1:24 left in the game to pre­serve a 22-17 win Sun­day.

“What the de­fense did is truly un­be­liev­able,” quar­ter­back Brock Osweiler said. “It was like a play­off game.”

Win a cou­ple more, and it will be a play­off game.

By snap­ping a three-game los­ing streak, Hous­ton (7-6) and Ten­nessee re­mained tied atop the AFC South though the Texans are bet­ter po­si­tioned be­cause of sea­son sweeps over the Ti­tans and Colts (6-7).

The Texans won their sec­ond straight game in Indy af­ter los­ing their first 13 and have won nine straight over di­vi­sion foes. This one sure wasn’t easy. Nick No­vak made five field goals, La­mar Miller ran 21 times for 107 yards and scored on a 2-yard run late in the first half for all of the points.

For­mer Bronco Osweiler, mean­while, went 14-of-24 for 147 yards with no touch­downs de­spite twice start­ing drives in­side the Colts’ 20-yard line.

Still, the old-school style played right into the hands of Hous­ton’s de­fense, which picked off Andrew Luck twice and re­cov­ered a fum­ble af­ter Jade­veon Clowney beat tight end Dwayne Allen on third-and-goal from the 3-yard line.

Andy Lyons, Getty Im­ages

In­di­anapo­lis Colts wide re­ceiver T.Y. Hil­ton makes a catch Sun­day against the Hous­ton Texans.

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