Game Day: Texans at Colts

Here's what you need to know before the Indianapolis Colts take on the the Houston Texans today in the RCA Dome.

KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 ET

TV: CBS, Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon

SERIES: 12th meeting. The Colts lead the series, 10-1. The Texans' lone victory in the series came a year ago this week when Ron Dayne rushed for 153 yards and the Texans pulled out a surprising 27-24 victory at Reliant Stadium. In their last trip to Indianapolis, the Texans lost 43-24. The closest the Texans have ever come to beating the Colts in Indy has been a 30-21 loss in 2003. They have never come within a touchdown of winning.


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KEYS TO THE GAME: The Texans rushed for just 40 yards in the first meeting, but they're hoping the tandem of RBs Ron Dayne and Darius Walker can provide more support in the rematch. Indy will also get its first look at QB Sage Rosenfels, who is 3-0 as a starter and operating the offense very efficiently. WR Andre Johnson is also healthy after missing the first meeting.

Colts coach Tony Dungy wants to use the final two games to work on a few specific areas leading into the postseason. Chief among them is the fledgling running game. RB Joseph Addai has averaged 73.2 yards on 2.9 yards per carry the past two games, and those struggles have directly contributed to the suddenly leaky pass protection. Injuries are partly to blame on both fronts, but look for the Colts to work significantly on their ground game.

KEY INJURIES: Texans: QB Matt Schaub (shoulder) might be well enough to be the backup; Dayne (ankle) and MLB DeMeco Ryans (knee) are still limited, but will play. Colts: WR Marvin Harrison (knee), S Antoine Bethea (knee), DT Raheem Brock (rib), OT Ryan Diem (knee) and DE Robert Mathis (knees) are not expected to play.

FAST FACTS: Johnson has a career-high seven TD catches despite playing only seven games this season. ... Indianapolis has clinched a first-round bye. ... Colts QB Peyton Manning has moved into sixth place all-time with 3,426 career completions.


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