3 keys to victory for the Colts against Texans in Week 1

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Indianapolis Colts cornerback Kenny Moore II (23) and the defense celebrate an interception against the Houston Texans. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

2. Win the turnover battle

The Colts had a turnover ratio of 1:5 last year in the two games against Houston. If you are not familiar with that stat, this means that Indy only turned the ball over once in the two matchups. Forcing five turnovers in two games is impressive as well. The ability to make the most of your possessions is important, especially in divisional games.

Indianapolis has upgraded to a more skilled veteran quarterback in Matt Ryan. Ryan is an elite playmaker that has seen every situation. He is a very cerebral player that always seems to make the right decision. The skill players on Indy’s offense this season gained a lot of experience last year. They did a good job of taking care of the ball last year, but I expect it to get even better this season.

The Colts’ defense also had an upgrade in the offseason at many positions of need from last year. All-Pro cornerback Stephon Gilmore and speed rusher Yannick Ngakoue are the two biggest names that Indy brought in. They are now teamed with the turnover machine, Shaq Leonard. The defense that Indy had last year was nothing compared to the defense that the Colts will run out on the field on Sunday.

Indianapolis must dominate this Texans offense. The way that the Colts fly to the ball excites me and I feel like we will see a couple of forced turnovers by this new and improved defense. The more that you can stay off the field and have Jonathan Taylor on the field as a defense, the more opportunities you have to put up points and end this game quickly.

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