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NFL Week 13 Game Recap: Indianapolis Colts 31, Houston Texans 0

Houston, Texas, USA; Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor (28) rushes against the Houston Texans in the second quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

The Indianapolis Colts overcame a slow start to eventually pull away from the Houston Texans, 31-0, and move to 7-6 on the season. 

Jonathan Taylor continued his stellar campaign with another century-mark ground performance and two touchdowns, while the Colts' defense shut out the Texans to complete a season sweep of their division rivals. 

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Indianapolis Colts

Quarterback

 Carson Wentz didn't have to do anything special in this contest. He put together a performance that featured an 8.2-yard average depth of target, no turnover-worthy plays and an 81.0% adjusted completion percentage.

Running back

Jonathan Taylor recorded five explosive runs, 12 first-down carries and two rushing scores as part of his 32-carry, 143-yard day. He also forced six missed tackles.

Wide receivers/Tight ends

Michael Pittman Jr.‘s pending 79.5 receiving grade consisted of six catches on seven targets for four first downs and two explosive plays. Tight ends Jack Doyle and Mo Alie-Cox finished with just two catches on two combined targets.

Offensive line

Guards Quenton Nelson and Mark Glowinski each stayed perfect in pass protection on 24 pass-blocking snaps, and they should both finish with 85.0-plus marks in that facet.

Defensive line

Al-Quadin Muhammad registered three pressures, including two sacks. Kemoko Turay joined him in that department, also notching two sacks. Turay finished with five pressures on the day.

Linebackers

Two tackles for loss and two defensive stops highlighted a masterful performance in run defense for Darius Leonard. He also allowed just 14 yards in coverage on three targets.

Secondary

Kenny Moore II faced six targets in coverage but allowed just two catches. He forced an incompletion and brought down an interception to cap off what should be a 90.0-plus coverage grade.

Houston Texans

Quarterback

Tyrod Taylor had a miserable passing performance before being sidelined with an injury in the second half. Rookie Davis Mills wasn't any better in relief, though. Both are on track to earn sub-50.0 grades after going a combined 11-of-27 through the air.

Running back

Rex Burkhead took eight carries but mustered just 30 yards after contact, 21 of which came after contact. The Houston ground game was never a factor, as they were always in catch-up mode.

Wide receivers/Tight ends

Brandin Cooks hauled in just three of his six targets, dropping one of them. Tight end Pharaoh Brown caught four of his five targets for just 23 yards. Twenty-two of those yards came after the catch.

Offensive line

Houston allowed five pressures in a solid effort in pass protection. Center Justin Britt did not surrender a single pressure on 37 pass-blocking snaps, and he'll likely finish with an 80.0-plus pass-blocking grade.

Defensive line

The Texans' defensive line registered 10 total pressures and nine hurries but didn't collect a sack. Edge defender Jacob Martin led the way with three pressures — all hurries.

Linebackers

Kamu Grugier-Hill tallied seven stops and three tackles for loss or no gain en route to a 60.0-plus run-defense grade on first review of the film.

Secondary

Desmond King II allowed just two catches for 22 yards off three targets to finish with a 70.8 coverage grade, pending review.

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