I was very disappointed by the showing the Indianapolis Colts gave in their season-opener against the Houston Texans, losing 34-24. The is the second time in the last three years the Colts have lost in their season-openers. Last time, it came during a game against the Chicago Bears in the team’s first game inside Lucas Oil Stadium. It was a 29-13 loss.
Arian Foster was the big difference, as the Texans fooled the Colts big time on defense. Matt Schaub was expected to do a lot during this game, after leading the league in passing with 4,770 yards. But it was Foster who led the Texans on offense, rushing for 231 and having three touchdowns in the 34-24 victory.
With Foster’s stellar performance, the Texans have broke a six-game losing-streak to the Colts. The last time Houston got a win against Indianapolis was at home during the 2006-07 season, winning with a Kris Brown field goal in the closing seconds, 27-24. Houston now improves their record to 2-15 all-time against Indianapolis.
The Colts were held down big time in the second half for Houston’s waste of time of possession. But not only were they wasting time to keep Peyton Manning watching on the bench, but they also produced. At the end of the half, Indy was only down 13-10 and had ten unanswered points. But Houston drove down the field on the first drive in the second half, running all over Indianapolis for a 20-10 lead. It would be over from there.
Indy would manage to score in the final minute of the game, but it would be impossible to come back with them down ten. This time, there was no luck and there was no Sage Rosenfels to ruin the game either. This time, Houston finally got a win against Indy after losing by very close and small margins.