Usually there isn’t a “must win” game until far later in the season. But that is not the case for the Colts. This game is a must win.
The Colts play the worst team in the division on Sunday. Playing the Texans now comes at a great time. They are in need of a win badly. They have lost two games in which they held the lead in the fourth quarter. So this Sunday is a must win for the team.
The reason it is a must win is because of how bad the Texans are and how competitive the rest of the division is. Tennessee has two divisional wins already. Jacksonville beat New England. Those two teams have high potential, so it’s imperative the Colts win games they should.
Make no mistake, they should beat the Texans. Houston comes in winless and hasn’t looked good most of the year. They will be a desperate team looking for their first win. The Colts can’t let that happen if they want to make the playoffs this year.
Looking at the rest of the Colts’ schedule down the road, they have some tough games. Including next Thursday against New England. If they don’t win on Sunday, it’s very likely they start the season 1-4. You are pretty much dead in terms of making the playoffs at that point.
Looking at the talent on the roster, the Colts matchup well. The only issue is the Texans’ pass rush, which is good yet again. If they can keep J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney under control, then they shouldn’t have too many issues moving the ball down the field.
Frank Reich will make sure that the team takes this message to heart, and should have his team prepared to get a victory in front of the home crowd.