Sunday, September 12, 2010
Rapid Reaction: Texans 34, Colts 24
By Paul Kuharsky
HOUSTON -- The Houston Texans opened the season with a 34-24 victory against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday at Reliant Stadium. Here’s a quick overview.
What it means: The Texans are 1-0 and atop the AFC South. They’ve matched their win total in the AFC South from all of 2009. The Colts will be in the relatively rare position of playing chase early in the season.
Hero: As the center of a franchise record rushing day, Arian Foster was fantastic. He gave the Texans just the sort of run-game presence they needed to push around the fast but small Colts, who seemed to wear down. The offensive line and fullback Vonta Leach did their parts to make a record running day possible for him, and Steve Slaton proved the nice alternative they needed with no fumbling issues.
Goat: Justin Tryon twice had chances to down punts near the goal line and pin the Texans back, but twice botched the play on short punts by Pat McAfee. On the first he appeared to misjudge it, on the second he’d run out of bounds and then was the first player to touch the ball.
What I liked: The Texans were resilient and showed the sort of killer instinct they’ve lacked in the past. When the Colts cut it from 27-10 to 27-17 with 4:52 remaining, there wasn’t panic from a team that’s blown 17-point leads against this opponent in the past.
What’s next: The Colts host the Giants in Sunday night football, for another edition of The Manning Bowl. Houston travels to Washington for its first game in the season matchup with the NFC East.