Gap control: Have Texans closed it?

Posted by ESPN.com’s Paul Kuharsky

The relieved Colts' acknowledged distance between the teams has shrunk. The frustrated Texans said it didn’t really matter.

Kris Brown’s 42-yard field goal attempt sailed just a bit wide to the left on the final play of Indy’s 20-17 win at Lucas Oil Stadium Sunday and left the Colts at a perfect 8-0 and sent the Texans into their bye at 5-4.

“We closed the gap last year, the gap’s been closed I think for a year now,” Houston right tackle Eric Winston said. “We’ve just got to be that much better than those guys at the end of the game because they’re good at what they do at the end.”

Said Colts linebacker Gary Brackett: “They’ve more than closed the gap. You look at the last couple times we’ve played those guys, it’s been to the final couple minutes. Those guys are on the right track, I tip my hat off to them and they are going to make a lot of teams suffer this year.”