Sunday night in Houston on Oct. 23 a victory looked like a sure thing. They had a 14-point lead with three minutes remaining. But then the biggest collapse under coach Chuck Pagano occurred, and the Colts ended up losing to the Texans in overtime.
But, to a greater extent the Colts have the opportunity to requite that loss with the stakes being even higher. Taking a win will keep the Colts in first place in the AFC South and will send Houston to its fourth loss.
The Indianapolis Colts moved into a three way tie with the Texans and Tennessee in the division when they beat the Jets on Monday and Houston lost at Green Bay the day before. That loss in October was one of the lowest points in the Pagano era. But yes, things have changed.
The Colts and Texans are headed in two opposite directions. Houston is in the midst of a three game losing streak with no signs of getting out of its rut. Indianapolis has won three out of last four games.
“We know last we played them we let one slip away,” receiver T.Y. Hilton said. “It’s a game we’re going to have to win to go into the playoffs. It’s going to be a tough game, but we’re at home, so we should be fine.”