NFL Week 18: Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts Game Preview

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The Houston Texans are set to travel to Lucas Oil Stadium to take on the Indianapolis Colts in a week eighteen matchup. The Texans come into the game with a league worst record of 2-13-1. They currently sit in last place in the AFC South, currently two games behind the Colts. On the flip side, the Colts enter the contest with a record of 4-12-1 and sit in third place in the AFC South, 2.5 games behind the Tennessee Titans for second place. With there not being a whole lot left to play for this season for either team, this may be a game in which both teams let their young talent run loose. 

Houston Texans Look to Secure First Overall Draft Pick

The Houston Texans are coming off of an ugly 31-3 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Little went right for the Texans in this game. Without Damien Pierce on the field, there is not much to the Texans’ offense. Quarterback Davis Mills struggled through the air, completing 22 of his 40 passes for 202 yards, zero touchdowns, and zero interceptions. Along with struggling through the air, Houston could not get anything going on the ground either. 

With Houston only being half of a game in front of the Chicago Bears for the first overall pick in the upcoming draft, there is little incentive for them to win this game. Despite this, head coach Lovie Smith has made it clear that he and his team are playing to win every game they play in. With how poorly the Colts have played over the past few weeks, it is very possible that the Texans could end their season by pulling out another upset. However, they will have to make major improvements from last week. If Houston’s offense can find a way to make things work this week, they should be more than capable of ending their season with a win. 

Indianapolis Colts Hope to Close Out Tough Season With a Win

Last week, the Indianapolis Colts were pummeled by the New York Giants by a final score of 38-10. This was another very rough performance for the Colts and it is clear that there are some major changes to the roster that need to be made over the offseason. Nick Foles suffered an injury to his ribs that will keep him out this week. However, Sam Ehlinger played well after he took over the starting spot. He finished the game throwing for 60 yards, one touchdown, and zero interceptions. 

If Ehlinger is able to continue to play at this level, the Colts should not have much trouble taking down the Texans and ending their season in a win. The defensive unit should not have too much of an issue slowing down Houston’s offense. This has been a very long year for the Colts filled with injuries and losses. It would do wonders for them heading into next season if they are able to pull it together to close out this year on a high note.