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Week 17 Game Recap: Houston Texans 13, Indianapolis Colts 22
What you need to know
missed the first game in his career with a calf injury, Hopkins was held out due to precautionary reasons.
continued to look like a competent starter, but one lacking the consistent accuracy downfield to be more. Frank Gore
continued to run with the vigor and productivity of a younger back. TY Hilton reverted back to being a defanged deep option with Brissett.
|QB T.J. Yates, 55 offensive snaps, Pass: 14 - 24 - 137 - 0 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 1 - 9 - 0|
It started out strong for T.J. Yates
in the first half strong going for 112 yards on 10 of 15 pass attempts targeting Chris Thompson
and checking the ball down to Alfred Blue
. After that, Yates went backward only completing 4 of the next 14 passes for 25 yards and watching the offense come to a complete stand still. He was able to make a nice pass to Thompson for 32 yards but after that, there was not much happening for the Texans on offense especially though the air.
|RB Alfred Blue, 38 offensive snaps, Rush: 18 - 39 - 1, Rec: 4 - 36 - 0 (5 targets)|
The Texans opted to go with Blue in the final game of the season and he had 18 carries for 39 yards with a rushing touchdown and 4 receptions for 36 yards. Those numbers made Blue the most producing offensive player on the day with 75 total yards from scrimmage. Blue punched it in on a 2 yard run to give the Texans an early lead but from that point the Texans moved to Lamar Miller
ending Blue’s afternoon.
The Texans moved to Miller in the second half and he was able to rush for 37 yards on the season with his longest run going for 16 yards. Miller has been pulled back some the final stretch of the season due to the workload he put in during the season.
Thompson had the most productive day for the wide receivers catching 3 passed for 54 yards. His biggest reception came on a 32 yard go route where he beat his man and Yates dropped it in perfectly to allow Thompson to tap two feet in to complete the pass. He also had an 11 yard reception where he took a big hit from the safety to extend a drive in the 1st half. It was a good sign for the rookie wide receiver to put together a game like he did on Sunday.
|WR Will Fuller, 5 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 17 - 0 (2 targets)|
His day ended with a knee injury but he stood on the sideline all game next to Bill O’Brien not looking like he was in any real pain. Fuller had 2 receptions for 17 yards on the day with his longest going for 13 yards.
|QB Jacoby Brissett, 64 offensive snaps, Pass: 15 - 25 - 114 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 5 - 18 - 0|
Early on, Brissett disappointed by missing a long throw that would have been a huge play to TY Hilton, if not a touchdown. He settled down to get in a rhythm and make crisp reads and throws, including on key third downs. Brissett was strong in the pocket and sidestepped pressure or shrugged off a rusher more than once. He found Jack Doyle
for an easy short score, although he was still prone to some bouts of choppy play and processing when the initial read wasn't there. Brissett's best throw of the day was a big league toss on the move downfield to Chester Rogers
. He'll be an excellent backup in 2018.
|RB Frank Gore, 43 offensive snaps, Rush: 24 - 100 - 0, Rec: 3 - 11 - 0 (3 targets)|
Gore ran with high effort in the season finale, and more springiness and bounce than you would expect this late in the season from a 34-year-old. He had a dominant second half drive to help the team secure the win, and he also had the strong carries at the end of the game to salt away the victory. Gore was also more than competent in the passing game as a blocker and receiver and should provide quality play to a backfield in 2018 if he wants to keep playing.
|RB Marlon Mack, 22 offensive snaps, Rush: 7 - 28 - 1, Rec: 2 - 10 - 0 (3 targets)|
Mack was contained on some of his runs, but he showed some tackle breaking ability to complement his speed and moves on a red zone run that included a stiffarm of Jadeveon Clowney. Mack had the help of his teammates on his touchdown, when they pushed him in a la a rugby scrum. Later, Clowney laid a lick on Mack in repayment, but Mack sprung up from the hit. He ran stronger than he had earlier this year and should have a bigger role in 2018.
|WR T.Y. Hilton, 58 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 14 - 0 (6 targets)|
Hilton was missed when he was wide open deep early in the game. He had one tough third-down conversion, but wasn't a big part of the gameplan for the Colts.
Rogers had a diving catch to get the team into the red zone and had another leaping catch at the sideline on an extended play. His play has been uneven, but he'll be jockeying for a bigger role with the return of Andrew Luck
and Donte Moncrief
entering free agency.
|TE Jack Doyle, 64 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 38 - 1 (5 targets)|
Doyle hoovered up short receptions, including one for a touchdown to lead the Colts passing game. He'll get a boost from the return of Andrew Luck
in 2018, but will also be joined by Erik Swoope
among the receiving options at tight end.