Texans seek to break Indianapolis futility

December, 13, 2013
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A win this weekend would be an odd cap to a season described by interim head coach Wade Phillips as a "nightmare."

The Houston Texans have never beat the Colts in Indianapolis, even in 2010, when the Colts were the last NFL team to have an 11-game losing streak. That season Indianapolis won two of their final three games, one against Houston.

The location in Indianapolis hasn't mattered. In 11 meetings, the Colts have won six times at the RCA Dome and five times at Lucas Oil Stadium.

"I think it was tougher to play in the old RCA Dome," Andre Johnson said. "I don’t think it’s as loud as it used to be. That’s just my opinion. I think it was tougher to play in the older place than the new stadium."

The Colts quarterback hasn't mattered. The Texans lost to Peyton Manning in Indianapolis nine times, Dan Orlovsky once and Andrew Luck once.

Neither has the Texans' quarterback. David Carr, Matt Schaub, Sage Rosenfels and T.J. Yates have all met the same fate up north.

Even when the Texans were up and the Colts were down, Indianapolis proved a trap city. In 2011, the year of the Texans' first playoff win in franchise history, Houston traveled up there with Yates at quarterback and without Phillips, who was having a surgical procedure. A Reggie Wayne touchdown sealed the Colts' second win of the season.

Johnson had one of his best games ever against the Colts in Houston last month, catching nine passes for 229 yards and three touchdowns. He's been good overall in Indianapolis, but that hasn't helped the Texans get a win. In his past three games in Indianapolis (2012, 2010 and 2009), Johnson has surpassed 100 yards receiving each time.

They've never gone there in a situation quite like this, with an interim head coach one week after the head coach was fired.

Said cornerback Johnathan Joseph: "We're just looking forward, trying to go to Indy and do something that's never been done."

Tania Ganguli

ESPN Houston Texans reporter

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