What We Learned Against the Colts
(David J Phillip/AP)
(David J Phillip/AP)
Posted Oct 6, 2008
Charlie Bernstein

It’s now time to compare how our keys to the game actually played out in Houston’s disappointing loss to the Indianapolis Colts. The most important thing we learned is that you can't turn the ball over three times in the final four minutes and expect to win a football game.

Five most important things for the Texans:

1. Run the football. The Texans were successful on the ground as they ran for 156 yards on 32 carries. Rookie Steve Slaton had 93 yards on 16 carries to lead Houston.

2. Cover someone. The Houston secondary did a solid job for most of the game on both Reggie Wayne and Marvin Harrison.

3. Hit the quarterback. Houston registered two sacks, both by Mario Williams and several other pressures. Peyton Manning was certainly uncomfortable in the pocket.

4. Make a big special teams play.
There were no big special teams plays by either team. Andre Davis averaged 26 yards per kickoff return.

5. Protect Schaub. Schaub was protected, on the sideline. Sage Rosenfels played and the line protected him fairly well, allowing two sacks and a forced fumble.

What to look for:

1. Look for Steve Slaton to go over 100 yards. Slaton had 93 yards on 16 carries and two touchdowns.

2. Look for Peyton Manning to go over 300 yards. Manning didn’t have his best day as he threw for 247 yards and two touchdowns, but was picked off by Zac Diles near the end of the first half.

3. Look for two turnovers or less. Sage Rosenfels took care of that by himself as he turned the ball over three times in the final four minutes.

4. Look for a big special teams play. There were no big special teams plays.

5. Look for a Mario Williams sack. Williams actually registered two sacks and was in the Colts backfield several times.

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