HOUSTON – The Colts stretched their win streak to four games on Thursday night with a 33-28 victory down in Houston.
With the win, the Colts took the solo lead in the AFC South, while moving their divisional record to 3-0 on the year.
The Colts (4-2) will now have a mini-bye week before the Bengals (3-1) head to Lucas Oil Stadium on October 19.
Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.
HILTON’S HEROICS– There’s just something in the air when Hilton takes on the Texans. The last time Hilton got into the end zone in a regular season game was down in Houston last year. He did that and much more on Thursday night. The speedster had nine catches (in nine targets), for 223 yards, falling one-yard shy of the Colts franchise record for a game.
MORE SPECIAL TEAMS TRICKS – It was another gutsy, pivotal special teams call that allowed the Colts to seize early control. It’s remarkable the Colts have executed three onside kicks this season where the rest of the league is 0-for-8. The confidence Chuck Pagano has in his special teams units is through the roof and this team feeds off that trust.
PASS RUSH FRENZY – Over the last four weeks, the Colts have piled up 16 sacks in 120 pass attempts. It’s been a collective group effort with 10 guys chipping in with sacks in 2014. The handful of sacks on Thursday night was highlighted by Bjoern Werner’s strip fumble that clinched the Colts fourth straight victory.
EARLY DIVISION CONTROL – When the Colts began a stretch of three AFC South games in four weeks, they found themselves at the bottom of the division. A month later, they are alone at the top. The Colts will now have an extended break from division foes with just one AFC South game until Week 15 (vs. Jacksonville on 11/23).
MINI BYE WEEK – Chuck Pagano said after the game “no injuries” which is a nice bonus going into the weekend off. The Colts will now play three games against teams with better than .500 records before a bye week on 11/10 (CIN, at PIT and at NYG).
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