INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts (10-4) earned yet another double-digit win season on Sunday thanks to a 17-10 victory over the Houston Texans (7-7).
With the Colts 12th straight divisional victory, Indianapolis clinched the AFC South for a second straight season.
Now, the Colts will hit the road for the final two games of the season with a trip to Dallas (10-4) first up next Sunday.
Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.
PLAYOFF BOUND—For the 14th time in the last 16 years, the Colts are members of the postseason. The first goal for Chuck Pagano’s team was accomplished on Sunday in winning the AFC South. The Colts look to be locked into the No. 3 seed as long as they win one of their final two games.
DEFENSE CARRYING THE TORCH– In the last month, the Colts defense has been very sound. That was once again the case on Sunday with the Colts limiting Arian Foster to 3.8 yards per carry, his second fewest in the last three months. Vontae Davis added to his Pro Bowl resume by recording his fourth interception of the season.
PRO BOWL KICKERS – The Colts have more than a legitimate argument for both of their kickers earning Pro Bowl honors this year. Adam Vinatieri has now made 34 straight field goals, the fourth longest streak in NFL history. Pat McAfee pinned four more punts inside the 20-yard line against Houston, tying his own franchise record of 27 punts downed inside the 20-yard line set last season (27).
SKILL GROUP SHUFFLE – Hakeem Nicks had seen his reps diminish in the past few weeks but he made the most of limited playing time on Sunday. Nicks caught two passes for 44 yards including a 26-yard touchdown. His 18-yard catch set up the Colts second touchdown. The lone injury from Sunday’s game was a hamstring for T.Y. Hilton, which is something to watch going forward.
ROAD SHOW NEXT – The Colts have guaranteed themselves at least one more home game this season, but they will hit the road the last two weeks of the regular season. Next week, the Colts will head to Dallas to take on the NFC East leaders in what will be a tremendous challenge for the Indianapolis defense.
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