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Week 4 Game Recap: Houston Texans 37, Indianapolis Colts 34


What you need to know

Houston Texans

Will Fuller is dealing with a hamstring injury, it appears to be a day to day thing for him to see where he is by game time on Sunday Night.

Texans tight end group is being passed over in the game with so many targets being sent the receivers way. Ryan Griffin had 1 receptions while Jordan Akins had 2.

Sammie Coates Jr. filled in for Will Fuller when he went out with a hamstring injury, he had 1 reception for 12 yards.

Indianapolis Colts

Luck and the Colts offense found their stride after a rocky start. The Colts were plagued by drops, offensive holding penalties, and sacks. Andrew Luck showed his best form of the season as the Colts tried to make a comeback after falling behind early. Luck was more aggressive throwing downfield in this game and the deployment of Nyheim Hines as a receiving weapon proved to fruitful. Hines could have had an even bigger game if not for misjudging a pass and an off target throw from Luck. TY Hilton left the game twice with two different injuries. Hilton left the game for good after a hamstring injury. Chester Rogers and Zach Pascal stepped up and made huge plays with Hilton out of the game. Ebron had an up and down game with a couple of drops and he drew a pair of penalties on downfield targets.

Houston Texans

QB Deshaun Watson, 86 offensive snaps, Pass: 29 - 42 - 375 - 2 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 6 - 41 - 1
It was another strong showing for Deshaun Watson through the air and he continues to be a more accurate passer week to week. This time Watson put up 375 yards through the air with 2 touchdowns passes and another one on the ground. The Texans offense looked much more fluid and now with a new target in Keke Coutee, the field opened up even more. Watson was able to spread the ball among the receivers in Coutee, DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller. Watson missed a touchdown ending pass in overtime when he threw a perfect ball to Hopkins on a double move only to have the ground knock it loose when he hit the ground. Watson was also used more in the run game with designed plays and he was able to get 41 yards on the ground. Watson is starting to develop even more with Hopkins and Fuller but in the second half turned to slot receiver Coutee and lit up the Colts in the middle of the field. There were some drops mixed in from receivers but it was a solid day for him and his game is improving week to week.

RB Lamar Miller, 46 offensive snaps, Rush: 14 - 49 - 0
Another tough day for Lamar Miller on the ground, only putting up 49 rushing yards and no targets in the passing game. Millerís best run was 15-yard but he was sandwiched in-between to defenders and he did not return to the game. The loss of Miller is not considered serious but it was enough to keep him out of the game for the remainder of the day.

RB Alfred Blue, 40 offensive snaps, Rush: 13 - 31 - 0 (3 targets)
After Miller went out, the Texans turned to Blue and his longest rush was 10 yards but the offense stubbornly ran the football to keep the Colts honest defensibly. Blue had a bad drop late in the game when Watson hit him square in his hands. The Texans running backs have been suspect the past two weeks and Blue is the one that will gain positive yards but not in big chunks. With Miller banged up, it could mean more opportunities for him.

WR Keke Coutee, 80 offensive snaps, Rush: 2 - -2 - 0, Rec: 11 - 109 - 0 (15 targets)
There was a reason for the Texans inserting Keke Coutee into the starting role immediately during mini-camp, OTAs and training camp and the nearly two month wait for his NFL debut was worth it. Coutee put up 11 reception for 109 yards and was the primary target after Fuller went out and the Colts starting doubling Hopkins later in the game. Coutee also chipped in 2 carries for -2 yards but there are doing things in the scheme to get Coutee involved as a pass catching threat. More impressive was the impact Coutee was able to make for the offense was his ability to eat up yards after the catch. He had 96 yards after the catch and his biggest reception came on a key third down late in the game where he caught a 13 yard pass getting both feet inbounds before being knocked out of bounds. It will be interesting to see how target shares end up when all three of Hopkins, Coutee and Fuller are on the field at once but for now Coutee offers much intrigue to an already potent but growing Texans offense.

WR DeAndre Hopkins, 86 offensive snaps, Rec: 10 - 169 - 1 (12 targets)
Hopkins is growing into the elite status and this season he is doing even more for the offense and he was a key player in Sundayís win. Putting up 169 receiver yards, Hopkins continues to get open in the middle of the field and eat up yards after the catch. Even more impressive is the amount of chunk plays Hopkins is producing and he had from reception for 20+ yards against the Colts for 24, 24, 30 and 31. Hopkins hauled in an easy pitch and catch in a red zone situation on a jump ball but he missed a game winner in overtime where he had a great double move to get open and couldnít hang on to the pass when he hit the ground in the end zone. The bigger thing is realizing Hopkins is going to continue to get fed the football and he is going to continue putting up strong numbers week to week.

WR Will Fuller, 27 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 49 - 1 (5 targets)
Will Fuller loves when he is on the field with Deshaun Watson and notched another touchdown reception for 3 yards. Fuller continues to rack up touchdowns off the arm of Watson and he also had 49 yards receding. Fuller did the toe tap twice down the right sideline hauling in receptions for 18 and 22. It would have been a bigger day for Fuller is he did not injure his already problematic hamstring. The Texans held him out the entire second half and overtime, if not for that it would have been a much bigger day for Fuller.


Indianapolis Colts

QB Andrew Luck, 90 offensive snaps, Pass: 40 - 62 - 464 - 4 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 3 - 11 - 0
Andrew Luck put together a very nice opening drive with completions to TY Hilton, Marcus Johnson, and Eric Ebron to set up a 4 yard touchdown to Zach Pascal. Luck showed zip on his downfield throws that was not evident in previous games. A bad snap from John Kelly led to an easy touchdown for the Texans on the Colts second possession. Luck failed to step up in the pocket and Jadeveon Clowney blind sided him for an easy sack forcing a punt. Luck had 3 catchable passes fall incomplete; two in the direction of Pascal and one to Eric Ebron. Luck then fell victim to poor pass protection and was sacked by JJ Watt. Luck was again sacked by JJ Watt as he tried to step up in the pocket but this time Watt forced a fumble the Texans recovered. Luck set up a field goal before haltime with a 23 yard completion to Ryan Grant down the seam. On 3rd and 10 Luck hit Hilton perfectly in stride down the sideline for a 42 yard gain. Luck capped the drive with a great 14 yard touchdown to Nyheim Hines. Luck put together another touchdown scoring drive despite 3 offensive holding penalties. The drive was capped with a 5 yard touchdown to Ebron. Luck led the Colts offense down the field to tie the game without TY Hilton. Luck was pretty much perfect on the drive making throws all over the field and repeatedly finding Chester Rogers. Luck connected with Hines to cap the drive with an 8 yard touchdown. Luck set up a field goal attempt in overtime on the Colts opening possession. The drive stalled with a drop by Marcus Johnson. The Colts final possession in overtime stalled due to another offensive holding penalty and a sack by Clowney.

RB Nyheim Hines, 62 offensive snaps, Rush: 4 - 10 - 0, Rec: 9 - 63 - 2 (11 targets)
Nyheim Hines was targeted on a go route after beating his man off the line of scrimmage but he appeared to misjudge the pass and it fell incomplete. Hines caught a check down for a 4 yard gain. Hines ran a double move from the slot and showed off incredible ball skills to secure a 14 yard touchdown over Tyrann Mathieu. Hines caught a screen pass for 9 yards. Hines picked up 12 yards on a check down from Luck. Hines again beat Mathieu this time out of the backfield for an 8 yard touchdown. Hines converted a 3rd and 10 with a 13 yard gain on a dump off from Luck. Hines became the Colts featured back because of the early lead the Texans established.

WR Chester Rogers, 72 offensive snaps, Rec: 8 - 85 - 0 (11 targets)
Chester Rogers caught a screen pass for an 8 yard gain. Rogers ran hard and picked up 14 yards running a slant. Rogers made two underneath catches for gains of 5 and 6 yards. Rogers gained 15 yards running a slant on 3rd and 14 on what was an impressive effort. Rogers made an impressive 22 yard catch up the seam absorbing contact as he secured the pass. Rogers made another nice contested catch over the middle for 10 more yards. Rogers converted a two point attempt with a curl route from the slot

WR Zach Pascal, 44 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 56 - 1 (10 targets)
Zach Pascal caught a 4 yard target running a slant route from the slot following TY Hilton's injury. Pascal had a potential 7 yard catch and 3rd down conversion punched out of his hands again running a slant. Pascal made an impressive 18 yard catch running an over route. Pascal absorbed contact on the play and still made an athletic catch. Pascal made a nice catch on a low throw from Luck for a 17 yard gain. Pascal made another contested catch for 7 yards and a 3rd down conversion.

WR Ryan Grant, 71 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 64 - 0 (7 targets)
Ryan Grant ran up the seam from the slot and got open against zone coverage for a 23 yard gain. Grant made a 9 yard catch running a comeback route. Grant gained 13 yards running a comeback route. Grant ran a slant for a gain of 8. Grant came open running a comeback route for 11 yards.

WR T.Y. Hilton, 43 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 115 - 0 (6 targets)
TY Hilton made his first catch running an in route, got past two defenders and took off downfield for a 40 yard gain. Hilton was brought down hard on the play and left the game with a shoulder injury. Hilton returned to the game later in the 1st quarter. Hilton picked up 18 yards running a deep out route in front of Jonathan Joseph. Hilton found the soft spot in the Texans' zone coverage for a 15 yard gain over the middle. Hilton got a step on Joseph again and Luck hit him in stride running a go route for 42 yards. Hilton left the game midway through the 4th quarter with a hamstring injury.

TE Eric Ebron, 75 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 40 - 1 (10 targets)
Eric Ebron picked up 9 yards running a slant on his first target. Ebron's first two targets downfield fell incomplete. The first because of an off target throw and Ebron drew a defensive holding penalty on the second. Ebron dropped a 10 yard catch over the middle. Eric Ebron drew an illegal contact penalty on another downfield target. Ebron made a contested 12 yard catch over the middle. Ebron caught a 5 yard touchdown thanks to a blown coverage. Ebron dropped what would have been a 12 yard completion over the middle. Ebron made a nice sideline catch for a 9 yard gain. Ebron left the field with an unspecified injury following the catch.