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Monday, November 1, 2010
Rapid Reaction: Colts 30, Texans 17

By Paul Kuharsky

Thoughts on the Colts’ 30-17 win over the Texans.

What it means: With all their injury struggles and issues, the Colts sit atop the AFC South with a 5-2 record, a half game better than the 5-3 Titans. With a split of the season series, the Texans lost the head-to-head edge they earned on opening day. At 4-3, Houston is in third between the Titans and the 4-4 Jaguars.

What I liked: The Colts resolve. Banged up pretty badly, they didn’t flinch. The division may be a dog fight this season, but they aren’t going to lose it on a head-to-head tiebreaker with the Texans. They avenged an opening-day loss in Houston and got their first division win against two losses this season.

What I didn’t like: Matt Schaub faced too much pressure at times. But he posted a 14.6 passer rating in the first half, when he threw a terrible interception that Kelvin Hayden turned into a 25-yard touchdown return. Five for 15? Really? It took a lot of work to get that rating up to 70.2.

Precision: When the Colts challenged a spot on a third-down run by Peyton Manning in the first quarter, referee Tony Corrente came back with a very specific spot, saying the line was the 42 and three-quarter yard line. Which made it a 6-yard run instead of a 5-yard run and produced a first down.

What’s next: The Texans host the San Diego Chargers while the Colts head for Philadelphia.