The Colts play an enormous game on Sunday against the Texans. These are the key matchups that will determine who wins the game.
Last week was an abomination for the Colts. Getting shut out was unacceptable for this team, and they know it. They are going to try to bounce back against the 9-3 Texans. In order to do that, they have to be on the winning side of these key matchups.
Frank Reich vs. Play calling
Reich had his worst game as a head coach last week. His play calls were dumb and bad, and it cost the team. He went for it on 4th down three times, and failed to convert even once. He needs to do much better on Sunday if they want to have any chance to win the game.
Colts O-line vs. Texans front seven
The Texans have a ferocious front seven. J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney will be a handful to block all game long. Watt is one of the most feared defensive players in the league. Keeping those two out of Andrew Luck‘s face will be a big key to winning the game.
Colts receivers vs. Texans secondary
Last week, the Colts had issues with their receivers getting open all game against Jacksonville. That needs to change this week. Receivers have to spring open to save Luck from unnecessary hits. The passing game has to be effective for the Colts to win.
If the Colts can win all of these matchups, there is a good chance that they win the game. They need to win the game to keep themselves in the playoff picture. Losing the game likely means that they will be watching the playoffs from home.