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Sunday, December 16, 2012
Greetings from Reliant Stadium

By Paul Kuharsky

HOUSTON -- Greetings from Reliant Stadium where we are approaching kickoff of the biggest game between division teams this season so far.

The big lineup/personnel question is about the Colts' offensive line, where A.Q. Shipley is in at center for the injured Samson Satele and Jeff Linkenbach is in at right tackle for the injured Winston Justice.

The Texans’ pass rush beyond J.J. Watt has largely stalled, and it would be giant if the outside linebackers, Connor Barwin and Whitney Mercilus, could generate some consistent pressure or make some big plays against quarterback Andrew Luck.

It was pouring outside when I came in at about 9:30 a.m. CT. The Reliant Stadium roof is pretty much always closed, so there was no doubt it was going to be closed today. Fans here often stay away rather than venturing out into the rain, the Houston Chronicle's John McClain tells me. It will be interesting to see if the weather manages to help the Colts by keeping some people away and making it a bit less loud. The over-under for when I dry out is halftime. I'm taking the over.

A couple notes of interest heading into this game, thanks to ESPN Stats & Information:
The full list of inactives: