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NFL Week 12 PFF ReFocused: Houston Texans 20, Indianapolis Colts 17

DeAndre Hopkins turned in an outstanding performance to lead the Houston Texans to a 20-17 win over the Indianapolis Colts.

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Final Score

Houston Texans 20, Indianapolis Colts 17

Houston Texans

DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller had strong outings against Indianapolis on Thursday night. Fuller didn't find the end zone, but he still had multiple big plays and finished the game with seven receptions for 140 yards. Hopkins got into the end zone twice and recorded94 receiving yards. Hopkins' first score was the result of blown coverage, while the second was a product of him burning Colts cornerback Pierre Desir on a go route up the left sideline.

Rookie offensive tackle Tytus Howard really struggled against Indy's defense. He lost his block several times in the run game and allowed at least three pressures in the contest.

On first review, Garon Conley played 31 coverage snaps and didn't allow a single reception against Indianapolis. It's been a bit of an -up-and-down start for Conley in the NFL, but things are looking up for him in Houston.

Indianapolis Colts

Second-year guard Quenton Nelson turned in another fantastic performance to improve on what has already been a strong year for the Notre Dame product. He earned high marks as a run-blocker and should finish reviews with zero pressures allowed.

Jonathan Williams was a bright spot for the Colts in this one. A fifth-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, Williams forced over five missed tackles and gained more than half of his yards after contact. He's an elusive back Indy should lean on for as long as Marlon Mack is sidelined.

Pierre Desir had a game to forget against Houston. He had no answers for Hopkins and, as mentioned above, was the man responsible for his second touchdown of the night.

Cris Collinsworth

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