Saturday night's win-or-go-home game in Indianapolis was the Texans' first primetime game of the season, and they got off to a hot start. They were so dominant in the first half that it was easy to see why C.J. Stroud is one of the most talked-about offensive rookies.
At halftime, Houston has a 14-6 advantage and gets to start the second half on the home field.
On the opening play from scrimmage for the Texans, Stroud connected with Nico Collins, who had a step on JuJu Brents, for a 75-yard touchdown. On third down with 1:57 left in the half, the rookie quarterback of the Texans connected with fullback Andrew Beck, who was covered by Rodney Thomas, for a 1-yard score.
Stroud has scored 23 touchdowns this season on 10-of-13 passing for 151 yards and 2 scores. Collins has scored once and accumulated 129 yards on five receptions. Each of the other five receivers had a 22-yard reception.
Due to injury, Houston is without its third, fourth, and fifth best receivers from the previous season.
Despite the Colts' 96 rushing yards, the Texans have a better total offense (197 vs. 133).
Three receptions by Michael Pittman for twenty-one yards, six completions by Jonathan Taylor for eighteen yards, and forty-five yards on the ground by Gardner Minshew.
Third downs have gone unused for the Colts. Due to a hamstring injury, tight end Will Mallory will not be playing for Indianapolis.