1. Dominate at the line of scrimmage
At the end of the day, offensive and defensive line quality is what can win you games. For the Colts, hundreds of millions have been sent towards strengthening the line and it needs to pay off. Star defensive tackle DeForest Buckner will have a prime opportunity against a weak Texans line that allowed five sacks in their season opener.
For the Colts, the offensive line looked questionable Week 1 as the team recorded only 65 rushing yards in the loss. Indianapolis faces a true pass rush this weekend as they go up against third-overall pick Will Anderson Jr. who recorded a sack and six tackles in his first career game against the Ravens.
If the Colts can give time to Anthony Richardson and establish a better run game behind the offensive line, it should make life easier for the rookie as he looks to settle into the NFL. Indianapolis will also need to avoid pre-snap penalties on the line as they play in their first road game of the year. Texans players are calling for NRG Stadium to be sold out and for fans to be rowdy.
The Colts will need to enter Sunday's game with a tone-setting attitude to make the Texans play to their level. Capitalizing on sacks is a huge part of defensive morale, and keeping the Houston offense cold is the easiest way to win the game.