Texans-Colts II: Five matchups to watch

Texans-Colts II: Five matchups to watch
December 14, 2013, 4:00 pm
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Texans looking for first win in Indy

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The Texans (2-11) are in Indianapolis to take on the division-winning Colts (8-5) on Sunday. The last time these two teams met, the Colts came from behind to beat the Texans at Reliant Stadium.

Here are five matchups to watch this time around:

1. T.Y. Hilton vs. Johnathan Joseph
The last time these two teams met, Hilton had seven catches for 121 yards and three touchdowns and he was a nightmare for Joseph. Hilton scored the last three touchdowns of the game to give the Colts a come-from-behind win.

Joseph has had an up and down season but will get another crack at Hilton on Sunday.

2. J.J. Watt vs. Mike McGlynn
McGlynn is a weak spot at guard and Watt is still having a Watt-like season, even if the numbers don’t show it. He has 9.5 sacks but his consistent pressure has given offenses headaches. McGlynn is ranked as the ninth worst guard in football by ProFootballFocus.

3. Andre Johnson vs. Vontae Davis
Johnson caught nine passes for 229 yards in the last meeting against Davis. Davis covered Johnson for most of the game with Greg Toler out. Toler is out again and Davis will still probably see a lot of Johnson, who was a terror in the first half. He caught three touchdowns in the first half.

4. Ben Tate vs. Colts run defense
Tate would need to get about 100 yards in each of the Texans’ final three games for his first-career 1,000-yard season and he’ll have a chance to pick up a chunk against the Colts.

The last time these two teams met, he ran 22 times for 81 yards and the Colts’ defense gives up plenty of rushing yards this season. They have given up an average of 130.6 yards on the ground per game. Only three teams have given up more per game.

5. Duane Brown vs. Robert Mathis
Mathis comes into the game as the NFL’s sack leader with 15.5 and he’ll go against Brown for most of the game. Brown hasn’t had an All Pro season but he’s still capable of having a big game. Mathis will also line up on the other side to see Derek Newton, in which case, the Texans would be wise to offer some help.