HOUSTON – The Colts strung their win streak to three games on Thursday night in Houston.
With the 27-20 victory over the Texans (1-4), the Colts (3-2) took sole possession of the AFC South.
The Colts will now have a 10-day break before the New England Patriots come calling a week from Sunday, at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.
“OLD GUYS” SHINE – Led by Matt Hasselbeck battling illness, a handful of Colts over the age of 30 made significant contributions on Thursay night. From Adam Viantieri’s kicking to Andre Johnson’s homecoming and Mike Adams’ interceptions, the Colts relied on their vets to record the 27-20 victory in Houston.
JOHNSON’S RETURN – After back-to-back no-catch games, Andre Johnson made quite the impact in his return to Houston. Johnson had six catches for 77 yards (seven targets) and two touchdowns against the Texans. The Colts relied on Johnson for two touchdowns inside the Houston five-yard line.
NFL RECORD – With the victory on Thursday, the Colts set an NFL-record with 16 straight divisional wins. The record breaks the 1972 Miami Dolphins streak of 15 consecutive victories within their division. For setting the league-record, Chuck Pagano gave the entire team a game ball for the historic mark.
THURSDAY NIGHT DOMINANCE – For the fourth straight year, the Colts hit the road on Thursday Night Football and returned home with a victory. Dating back to 2007, the Colts are now 10-0 on Thursday nights, with eight of those wins coming on the road.
LOOK WHO’S NEXT – The Colts moved to 3-2 on the season thanks to their third straight victory on the year. Sitting at 3-0 in the division, the Colts have early control of the AFC South. A 10-day break awaits the Colts before they play four of their next five against undefeated teams. The first such game comes a week from Sunday when the New England Patriots (3-0) come to Lucas Oil Stadium in primetime.
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