Week 2 matchup between Colts and Texans is a big game for the future of the AFC South

In Week 2, the Indianapolis Colts will take on the Houston Texans, in what should be the first of meaning fun matchups between the two young teams.
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In Week 2, the Indianapolis Colts will play their second straight divisional opponent. Instead of playing the team that was the best in the AFC South in 2022, like Indy did in Week 1 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Indianapolis will be taking on the Houston Texans, who were the worst team in the division last year. However, Indy doesn’t really have bragging rights, only winning one more game than Houston last season.

That’s part of the reason why this matchup is so interesting. Houston and the Colts are pretty much in the same spot as teams. Both coming off abysmal seasons, where they played two close games (with one ending in a draw), and they are also starting rookie quarterbacks who were drafted just two spots apart from each other. Additionally, both teams are employing first time head coaches, one who’s a defensive-minded coach, and the other who’s an offensive minded coach.

As Indianapolis and the Texans both enter this game 0-1, it will be interesting to see how the simple teams matchup on the field.

Youth will be on display in Colts vs. Texans Week 2 matchup

The Texans have DeMeco Ryans as head coach and rookie CJ Stroud at quarterback. There are also several other talented players throughout the roster like Jalen Pitre, Derek Stingley Jr., and Will Anderson Jr. Everyone is interested in seeing how fast they can turn all this young talent into a competitive team that wins games.

With Shane Steichen, Anthony Richardson, and several young players in key positions, the Colts are in a similar spot. However, Indy has a few more established, star veterans than the Texans, with guys like DeForest Buckner, Shaquille Leonard, Quenton Nelson, and more. They could be the difference in the Week 2 matchup.

Whoever wins, the result may let us know who’ll be finishing last in the AFC South, and which franchise is a bit further ahead in its rebuilds.