For Houston, QB David Carr couldn't find an open receiver seemingly all game or while the game was competitive. The offense that the Texans put up was mostly empty yards. That means when a team has a big lead, the other team has to throw all the time and puts up meaningless numbers.
Defensively, like just about all of the Colts' opponents this season, they couldn't get anything done from the start of the game until the final whistle. The Texans have given up nine touchdown passes in the last two games and 23 for the season.
For the Colts' offense, it was business as usual. QB Peyton Manning continued his torrid streak and looked like a statue all game behind his very underrated offensive line. His line is a big reason why he has 31 touchdown passes on the season.
What NFL team can really stop them? If you take no.1 WR Marvin Harrison out, then he still have four to five other options to go to. No other team has as many weapons in their offense than Indianapolis does.
Defensively for the Colts, they played perhaps their best game of the season.
Holding Carr to no touchdown passes is quite an accomplishment. They also held RB Domanick Davis to only 19 yards in the first half. He finished the game with much better numbers but what he got in the second half was meaningless.
Two players stood out for the Colts on defense.
Second-year DE Robert Mathis continued his fine play and finished with three sacks. He now has at least one sack in over half of their games (eight total sacks). He has already doubled his sack total from last season. What's more amazing is that he had three forced fumbles on each one of his sacks on Sunday.
Also give the tackles credit as Davis couldn't find any rushing room when they had their base defense in the game.
Rookie S Bob Sanders, who started his second straight game for SS Mike Doss, not only had nine solo tackles but did a solid job in coverage. It will be interesting to see how much time Sanders sees once the oft-injured Doss returns from injury.
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