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NFL Week 7 PFF ReFocused: Indianapolis Colts 30, Houston Texans 23

The Indianapolis Colts dealt a hammer blow to their divisional rivals in Week 7, leaving the game with a 30-23 victory over the Houston Texans.

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Final Score

Indianapolis Colts 30, Houston Texans 23

Indianapolis Colts

It is no secret that tight end Eric Ebron has struggled with drops throughout his career, but today’s touchdown in the back of the end zone is a reminder that he is also capable of making incredible catches when it matters most.

Wide receiver Zach Pascal led the way for the Colts passing game today. On the opening drive, he beat Texans defender Lonnie Johnson over the middle for a big play, and later on, he beat him again to cap that drive with a touchdown.

Jabaal Sheard and Justin Houston were dominant against the passing game. They both recorded multiple pressures in the game, feasting off a young offensive line that was quite frankly outmatched against the experience of the veterans off the edge.

Houston Texans

Deshaun Watson and DeAndre Hopkins clicked in this game and connected on multiple throws downfield, most of which went for first downs. Watson also connected with Hopkins in the fourth quarter to bring the game within a touchdown, but an interception by Watson on the final drive derailed the comeback attempt.

The offensive line struggled to keep Watson free from pressure during the game, and that resulted in several off-target throws. Right tackle Roderick Johnson especially struggled when matched up against the superior edge defenders of the colts, and he allowed a sack and multiple pressures in this one.

It was a long day for the Texans’ secondary. They had a number of coverage busts and penalties away from the play that kept the Colts offense on the field.

J.J. Watt set the tone on the very first play of the game by pushing the pocket, getting in the passing lane and batting the pass attempt to the ground. He started as he meant to go on and ended the game with a number of disruptions to the Indianapolis passing game.

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