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Colts snap Texans' 9-game winning streak with 24-21 win

Sun Dec 9 4:42pm ET
By JORDAN GODWIN
Associated Press

Players: Adam Vinatieri, Andrew Luck, Ryan Griffin, T Y Hilton, Lamar Miller, Alfred Blue, DeAndre Hopkins, Eric Ebron, Zach Pascal, Deshaun Watson, Marlon Mack

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) celebrates as he leaves the field after an NFL football game against the Houston Texans Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, in Houston. The Colts won 24-21. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)


Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Zach Pascal (14) makes a touchdown catch as Houston Texans defensive back Shareece Wright (43) defends during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)


Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Zach Pascal (14) celebrates with quarterback Andrew Luck (12) after catching a pass for a touchdown against the Houston Texans during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)


Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Zach Pascal (14) makes a touchdown catch as Houston Texans defensive back Shareece Wright (43) defends during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)


Houston Texans tight end Ryan Griffin (84) reaches for the goal line after catching a pass as Indianapolis Colts cornerback Kenny Moore (23) defends during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, in Houston. Griffin was ruled down just short of the end zone. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)


Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) is tackled by Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle Denico Autry (96) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)


HOUSTON (AP) Andrew Luck threw for 399 yards and two touchdowns and T.Y. Hilton had 199 receiving yards to lead the Indianapolis Colts to a 24-21 road win over the Houston Texans on Sunday afternoon.

The Colts (7-6) snapped a nine-game winning streak by the Texans (9-4), trimming Houston's lead over the AFC South to two games with three remaining.

Hilton entered the game as the all-time leader in receiving yards per game at NRG Stadium with 122.3 yards and finished Sunday just shy of 200 yards on nine catches on 12 targets.

Houston cut Indianapolis' lead to 24-21 with a 7-yard touchdown pass from Deshaun Watson to DeAndre Hopkins with less than three minutes remaining. With the Colts facing a critical third-and-1 at midfield, Luck drew Jadeveon Clowney offside to secure a first down and the win.

The Colts entered Sunday having allowed just 14 sacks, second only to New Orleans. Houston's usually menacing pass rush was largely neutralized with just two sacks from J.J. Watt and Christian Covington after being held without a sack against Cleveland last week.

Indianapolis' defense, on the other hand, gave Houston fits both in the passing and running game. The Colts sacked Watson five times for a loss of 41 yards and held Houston's rushing offense to just 89 yards on 25 carries.

Watson had 267 yards passing and 35 yards rushing. Tight end Ryan Griffin led Houston receivers with 80 yards on five catches, while Hopkins was held to 36 yards on four catches.

Houston took an early lead after a lengthy 12-play drive set up a 3-yard touchdown run by running back Alfred Blue.

The Colts didn't have a first down until early in the second quarter. They found momentum on that drive before a pass from Luck was tipped by Kareem Jackson and intercepted by Andre Hal.

Indianapolis finally ended a lengthy scoring drought with Marlon Mack's 4-yard run. That play followed a 60-yard completion from Luck to Hilton.

The Colts took a 14-7 lead late in the first half on a 14-yard pass from Luck to Eric Ebron. It was Luck's fourth straight touchdown pass to a tight end, three of which went to Ebron.

Luck had not thrown a touchdown pass to a non-tight end since the Nov. 18 win over Tennessee until the third quarter, when he found receiver Zach Pascal for a 12-yarder to put the Colts up 24-14.

Indianapolis had a 54-yard field goal by Adam Vinatieri as time expired in the second quarter to take a 17-7 halftime lead. During Houston's winning streak, the team never trailed at halftime.

Houston opened the third quarter with a long drive to a 1-yard touchdown run on a direct snap to Lamar Miller to cut the Colts' lead to 17-14.

PLAYOFF RACE

Indianapolis will host the Cowboys and Giants before closing out the season in Tennessee, while Houston visits the Jets and Eagles before hosting Jacksonville in the finale.

INJURIES

Texans receiver and kick returner Deandre Carter left in the first quarter and was later ruled out with a concussion. . Colts right guard Mark Glowinski was carted to the locker room in the second quarter with an ankle injury.

UP NEXT

Colts: Host the Cowboys next Sunday.

Texans: Visit the Jets next Saturday.

Player Notes
Jordan Reed Sep 22 12:23pm ET

Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed (concussion) has suffered multiple concussions during his career, and some in the Redskins organization as well as around the NFL are worried that Reed may not be able to play again, according to sources.

Fantasy Spin: Fantasy players will need to monitor the situation to see if Reed will be cleared to play again at some point. Vernon Davis will continue to serve as the starting tight end for the Redskins but probably should be considered a No. 2 fantasy tight end.

From TheHuddle

Kyle Rudolph Sep 22 12:10pm ET

Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph has caught 3-of-6 targets for nine receiving yards through two weeks. He has fallen into the touchdown-dependent desperation-play territory as he just isn't seeing enough usage to be fantasy-relevant. The Vikings are big favorites (-9) at home, so it seems likely that Rudolph will be run-blocking much more often than running routes. He is still playing every offensive snap so the chance at a random red zone touchdown is there, but there are higher-upside TE2 options than the unexciting Rudolph.

From RotoBaller

Dallas Goedert Sep 22 12:03pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles TE Dallas Goedert (calf) is active for Week 3's game against the Detroit Lions.

From TheHuddle

LeSean McCoy Sep 22 12:03pm ET

Kansas City Chiefs RB LeSean McCoy (ankle) is officially active for the team's Week 3 game.

Fantasy Spin: It is not known if McCoy will be in the starting lineup, but he should receive a decent amount of touches against the Baltimore Ravens. He can be considered at least a flex option in most leagues.

From TheHuddle

Marlon Mack Sep 22 12:03pm ET

Indianapolis Colts RB Marlon Mack (calf) is officially active for the team's Week 3 game.

Fantasy Spin: Mack will receive most of the carries in the running game despite the injury and has played well in the first two games of the season. He can be a No. 2 running back in all fantasy leagues this week.

From TheHuddle

Jarrad Davis Sep 22 12:03pm ET

Detroit Lions LB Jarrad Davis (ankle) is active for Week 3's game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

From TheHuddle

T Y Hilton Sep 22 12:03pm ET

Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (quadriceps) is officially active for the team's Week 3 game.

Fantasy Spin: Hilton has shown solid chemistry with Jacoby Brissett over the first two weeks and will continue to be the focal point in the passing game. He is a must-start option in all fantasy leagues.

From TheHuddle

Damien Harris Sep 22 12:00pm ET

After being a healthy scratch through the first two weeks of the season, New England Patriots rookie running back Damien Harris will make his NFL debut on Sunday with James White (personal) out. Harris isn't likely to see enough snaps to be fantasy relevant this week, but if he looks good in his limited role it could bode well for his chances of cracking the rotation moving forward.

From RotoBaller

Demaryius Thomas Sep 22 11:53am ET

The New York Jets have declared QB Sam Darnold, WR Demaryius Thomas, DE John Franklin-Myers, LB Jordan Jenkins, DT Quinnen Williams, DE Jordan Willis and LB C.J. Mosley inactive for Week 3.

From TheHuddle

A.J. Green Sep 22 11:53am ET

The Cincinnati Bengals have declared WR A.J. Green, QB Jacob Dolegala, OT Mike Jordan, OT Cordy Glenn, CB B.W. Webb, DT Ryan Glasgow and DL Kerry Wynn inactive for Week 3.

From TheHuddle

Jake Kumerow Sep 22 11:53am ET

The Green Bay Packers have declared OT Cole Madison, OL Adam Pankey, WR Jake Kumerow, RB Dexter Williams, CB Ka'dar Hollman, DT Montravius Adams and LB Oren Burks inactive for Week 3.

From TheHuddle

Dwayne Harris Sep 22 11:53am ET

The Oakland Raiders have declared OT David Sharpe, QB DeShone Kizer, WR Dwayne Harris, WR Trevor Davis, DL Corey Liuget, OG Gabe Jackson and WR Ryan Grant inactive for Week 3.

From TheHuddle

Jimmy Graham Sep 22 11:53am ET

Green Bay Packers TE Jimmy Graham (groin) is active for Week 3's game against the Denver Broncos.

From TheHuddle

Alshon Jeffery Sep 22 11:53am ET

Philadelphia Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery (calf) is not active for Week 3's game against the Detroit Lions.

From TheHuddle

Mark Andrews Sep 22 11:53am ET

Baltimore Ravens TE Mark Andrews (foot) is officially active for the team's Week 3 game.

Fantasy Spin: Andrews has been a big part of the passing game over the first two games and will continue to receive plenty of targets. He should be a starting option in all fantasy leagues.

From TheHuddle

LeSean McCoy Sep 22 11:50am ET

Kansas City Chiefs running back LeSean McCoy is active for the team's Week 3 meeting with the Baltimore Ravens. With Damien Williams out and rain in the forecast, Shady should see a fairly sizable workload. He should be a low-end RB2 for this matchup, but with the upside to outperform that in this Andy Reid offense. Darwin Thompson will get some snaps at running back but isn't a huge threat to McCoy.

From RotoBaller

Marlon Mack Sep 22 11:50am ET

The Indianapolis Colts will have running back Marlon Mack (calf) and wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (quad) will both play against Atlanta in Week 3. Both players were game-time decisions but will be good to go. Fantasy owners should feel comfortable playing Mack, though he's likely to see fewer snaps than he does most weeks. Hilton, meanwhile, is in an offense that isn't nearly as prolific without quarterback Andrew Luck and should be considered a WR3 most weeks, with the quad injury adding in a good amount of uncertainty this time around.

From RotoBaller

Jonathan Williams Sep 22 11:43am ET

The Indianapolis Colts have declared LB Jabaal Sheard, LB Darius Leonard, OT Le'Raven Clark, DL Jihad Ward, S Marvell Tell, RB Jonathan Williams and TE Hale Hentges inactive for Week 3.

From TheHuddle

Reshad Jones Sep 22 11:43am ET

The Miami Dolphins have declared WR Albert Wilson, SS Reshad Jones, S Doug Middleton, RB Myles Gaskin, DL Tank Carradine, OG Chris Reed and OT Isaiah Prince inactive for Week 3.

From TheHuddle

Damien Williams Sep 22 11:43am ET

The Kansas City Chiefs have declared OG Nick Allegretti, RB Damien Williams, OT Eric Fisher, DL Khalen Saunders, OT Greg Senat, OT Martinas Rankin and WR Tyreek Hill inactive for Week 3.

From TheHuddle