Colts.com takes a deeper look into the Colts offensive and defensive success versus the Texans and some interesting snap breakdown analysis on both sides of the ball.
1. In converting their first five third-down chances, the Colts were tremendous in getting in “manageable” situations versus the Texans. The five conversions came on plays with 3, 1, 1, 6 and 2 yards to gain. Later in the week, Colts.com will look at how the Colts were able to get into these advantageous positions.
2. In getting off to a vital 20-3 first half lead, the Colts had their first six opening half possessions penetrate Texans territory. A pair of Darius Butler interceptions certainly helped this cause.
3. Trent Richardson said two weeks ago that he was feeling the best he had felt since coming to Indianapolis in mid-September. Richardson backed that up with 34 touches for 190 yards (5.6 yards per touch). Richardson played 49 of the team’s 70 offensive snaps on Sunday with Donald Brown leaving the game early due to a stinger.
4. Coby Fleener did not record a catch on Sunday for the first time in 2013. Fleener was targeted just once on Sunday. Since the bye week, Fleener had been averaging a little over four catches and 56 yards receiving.
5. Hats off to the Colts secondary duo of Antoine Bethea and LaRon Landry. The duo racked up 13 solo tackles in playing all 65 defensive snaps. It was the best performance the Colts secondary has had since the win over Denver. All-Pro Andre Johnson had just 18 receiving yards, his second fewest since 2006.
Snap Breakdown- A few notes on the snaps breakdown (70 offensive and 65 defensive) from Sunday’s 25-3 win:
- The wide receiver breakdown was: T.Y. Hilton (59), Da’Rick Rogers (56), Griff Whalen (32) and Darrius Heyward-Bey (13). Without LaVon Brazill, we saw Rogers and Whalen’s numbers rise significantly. DHB added six special teams snaps, once Sergio Brown went down with a groin injury.
- The tight end breakdown was as follows: Coby Fleener (57), Jack Doyle (36) and Weslye Saunders (23). With a beat up receiver corps and no Stanley Havili, Doyle and Saunders played significant snaps.
- With Joe Reitz (11) exiting due to a concussion, rookie Xavier Nixon played (61) at right guard in just his second NFL game. Nixon is more of a “swing” tackle according to Chuck Pagano but was forced into the interior with Reitz, Jeff Linkenbach and Samson Satele all out.
- Without Pat Angerer, the inside linebacker position was manned by Jerrell Freeman (65), Kelvin Sheppard (32), Kavell Conner (16) and Josh McNary (15).
- In the secondary we saw Josh Gordy (33) play the nickel position as Cassius Vaughn (0) was the team’s kick returner without Chris Rainey.
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