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Week 1 Preview: Texans vs Colts

What a bias, disgusting video...but what else did anyone expect from Lame Stream Media...its pretty obvious that ALL national media outlets HATE ALL HOUSTON TEAMS...hell we even got one in the houston media...john pancakes anyone??

That was an all out knob slob of the colts. Really hope our boys show up and play out and shut all these damn critics up.
 

Thorn

Dirty Old Man
The Colts have lost 10 week 1 games in a row. You might be 100 correct on this one for sure.
It was some years ago, but do you remember that opening day game against Indy where Arian Foster first showed his real stuff? It was the start of his 2nd year with the Texans I believe. Maybe Damien Pierce will repeat that.

Or, we could just get our asses kicked as usual. LOL

Found the youtube highlights from that Indy game.
 
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Carr Bombed

Hall of Fame
It was some years ago, but do you remember that opening day game against Indy where Arian Foster first showed his real stuff? It was the start of his 2nd year with the Texans I believe. Maybe Damien Pierce will repeat that.

Or, we could just get our asses kicked as usual. LOL
Yep and for impressive as he was, Vonta Leach was probably even more impressive. I remember you could hear the crack of his pads on almost every block. He was smoking fools out there. I remember Colt LBers having "no mas" moments where they didn't even want to plug holes anymore, because Leach was blowing them up and outta there. Damn I miss that guy. I hope Hairston can develop into something close to what Vonta was. They say FB is a dying position.. not if you have one like that. That dude was a bulldozer.
 

edo783

Hall of Fame
That's going to be interesting to watch.

With the new 3 game pre-season, don't they have a few more days to prepare these new guys than they would have had in previous years? They might be able to get them up to speed.
They have about ten days for them to get up to speed, so it's definitely in the realm of possibilities that they contribute. I still think we get our butts kicked because can't stop the run up the middle. Taylor is going to kill us.
 

Lucky

Trust Me. I Know What I'm Doing.
Staff member
Colts open as 8.5 favorite
Thinking about taking the 8.5. The Colts will want to control the game with Taylor. And I don't think they want to expose Ryan to the pass rush for 40+ attempts. The Texans will want to play with their new toy (Pierce) as much as possible. I see a ton of rushing and a game under 3 hours. 23-16 Colts.
 

Brisco_County

Texans worthy
It was some years ago, but do you remember that opening day game against Indy where Arian Foster first showed his real stuff? It was the start of his 2nd year with the Texans I believe. Maybe Damien Pierce will repeat that.

Or, we could just get our asses kicked as usual. LOL

Found the youtube highlights from that Indy game.
That was one of my favorite football watching experiences of all time. I'd love to repeat it.
 

TheRealJoker

Hall of Fame
Anyway Tyler Johnson & Oj Howard make an impact week 1?
Both have gone through an NFL training camp and should be in shape for week 1. Question is can they learn the playbook well enough? I suspect they’ll both be active and be part of the gameplan in some capacity.

Will Tyler Johnson come up big on a crucial 3rd down?

Will Howard catch a td in the redzone and/or make crucial blocks to spring the RB for extra yards?

I think they’ll both have the opportunity.
 

DocBar

Hall of Fame
Contributor's Club
Thinking about taking the 8.5. The Colts will want to control the game with Taylor. And I don't think they want to expose Ryan to the pass rush for 40+ attempts. The Texans will want to play with their new toy (Pierce) as much as possible. I see a ton of rushing and a game under 3 hours. 23-16 Colts.
I'm concerned about run D, up the middle especially.
 

banned1976

sleeper mode
Combined scores from the two matchups with the Colts last year:

Colts 61
Texans 3

I think the Texans are probably a little better this year. Being 8.5 point dogs in this game doesn't seem ridiculous and I'd have a hard time betting on the Texans to cover. Preseason games don't give me enough evidence to bet on the Texans in this game.
 

Porky

Hall of Fame
The Colts have a terrible track record in opening weeks. What are they? 2-10 in their last 12 IIRC. That combined with a new coach, new and better players and a generally positive vibe with the team leads me to believe we've got more than a puncher's chance. If I were a betting man, I'm taking the Texans and the points.

I do agree that the key is Taylor. I do think the D is improved, but much of that improvement is in the pass game. How often can we force teams to play catch-up with this lame offense led by a statue and very few dynamic elements. The key is to somehow get Mills and the guys to get a 2 score lead and take Taylor out of the game, and make Ryan beat you over the top. Ok...don't laugh!
 
Our Dline has looked much improved in creating pass rush and closing down gaps....I know that was preseason...but I am hoping it translates over and they can get some big stops and get off the field and give our offense the ball.
 
The Colts have a terrible track record in opening weeks. What are they? 2-10 in their last 12 IIRC. That combined with a new coach, new and better players and a generally positive vibe with the team leads me to believe we've got more than a puncher's chance. If I were a betting man, I'm taking the Texans and the points.

I do agree that the key is Taylor. I do think the D is improved, but much of that improvement is in the pass game. How often can we force teams to play catch-up with this lame offense led by a statue and very few dynamic elements. The key is to somehow get Mills and the guys to get a 2 score lead and take Taylor out of the game, and make Ryan beat you over the top. Ok...don't laugh!
I believe Mills ran a sub 4.6 forty...so he's not a statue...he's got some wheels...but Im hoping the Oline can provide him some time and room...and if he needs to slip the pocket he's got a lane or 2 to choose from
 

Brisco_County

Texans worthy
Both have gone through an NFL training camp and should be in shape for week 1. Question is can they learn the playbook well enough? I suspect they’ll both be active and be part of the gameplan in some capacity.

Will Tyler Johnson come up big on a crucial 3rd down?

Will Howard catch a td in the redzone and/or make crucial blocks to spring the RB for extra yards?

I think they’ll both have the opportunity.
Both teams changed so much in the offseason that neither really knows what the other is, but the Texans have changed a lot more and therefore have more of an advantage of surprise. That's the main reason I think the Colts will be caught flat footed.
 

Porky

Hall of Fame
I believe Mills ran a sub 4.6 forty...so he's not a statue...he's got some wheels...but Im hoping the Oline can provide him some time and room...and if he needs to slip the pocket he's got a lane or 2 to choose from
Being relatively straight-line fast and being a dynamic athlete are not one in the same. And some of that is mental as well. Understanding and feeling the rush, understanding escape routes. Keeping your head downfield and finding long gains. All of that is mental.

Bottom line, this QB is stiffer then my ironing board. He's not a playmaker in any sense of the word. He has no dynamic traits to his game at all. None. Zero. Sure, if the play goes as designed, the line gives him time, etc...he can deliver the ball in the short to intermediate range. If the play breaks down, you might as well throw the ball to Lovie. He's not making any plays. And his deep throws have nearly all been underthrown - some by a lot. For once - just lead the damn receiver. How about that for a change?

If you think this dude is all that and a bag of chips, you're going to be sorely disappointed. The best we can hope for is a mid-level game manager, and if the team around him is premium...maybe just maybe he gets the job done. That means everything else has to be nearly perfect. He can be on a winning team, but he isn't leading you anywhere other than Dairy Queen for an ice cream after the game.

I'd put the odds at 75% that they will be in the QB market in 2023.
 

Speedy

Former Yeller Dweller
That's going to be interesting to watch.

With the new 3 game pre-season, don't they have a few more days to prepare these new guys than they would have had in previous years?
At this point, no. Normally the 4th game would have been yesterday. So it’s the same amount of time for anyone just added. Still 9, 10 days, like playing a Thursday night game then not playing again til the next weekend, so a few extra days, but not the 17 days the rest of the team had.
 

Porky

Hall of Fame
I rarely see Mills under center so it’s a moot point. That was Kubes offense. No signs that Pep is bringing it back. That said, Mills is such a stiff and awkward looking athlete, the Tin Man is probably more able to roll out and deliver on the run.
 

Lucky

Trust Me. I Know What I'm Doing.
Staff member
I believe Mills ran a sub 4.6 forty...so he's not a statue...he's got some wheels...
Mills doesn't display that during games. His sack rate is poor, 7.3%. Mills has shown no ability to create yardage while rushing. It's less about athleticism and more about instincts. This is Mills #1 issue. The inability to turn negative situations into positive plays and keep the offense on the field.
 

steelbtexan

King of the W. B. Club
Contributor's Club
Being relatively straight-line fast and being a dynamic athlete are not one in the same. And some of that is mental as well. Understanding and feeling the rush, understanding escape routes. Keeping your head downfield and finding long gains. All of that is mental.

Bottom line, this QB is stiffer then my ironing board. He's not a playmaker in any sense of the word. He has no dynamic traits to his game at all. None. Zero. Sure, if the play goes as designed, the line gives him time, etc...he can deliver the ball in the short to intermediate range. If the play breaks down, you might as well throw the ball to Lovie. He's not making any plays. And his deep throws have nearly all been underthrown - some by a lot. For once - just lead the damn receiver. How about that for a change?

If you think this dude is all that and a bag of chips, you're going to be sorely disappointed. The best we can hope for is a mid-level game manager, and if the team around him is premium...maybe just maybe he gets the job done. That means everything else has to be nearly perfect. He can be on a winning team, but he isn't leading you anywhere other than Dairy Queen for an ice cream after the game.

I'd put the odds at 75% that they will be in the QB market in 2023.
You need to go back and watch the Chargers game. Also he throws very well when he escapes the pocket to his right. What he doesn't do is take off running when he escapes the pocket. He keeps his eyes down field looking to make plays.
 

steelbtexan

King of the W. B. Club
Contributor's Club
Mills doesn't display that during games. His sack rate is poor, 7.3%. Mills has shown no ability to create yardage while rushing. It's less about athleticism and more about instincts. This is Mills #1 issue. The inability to turn negative situations into positive plays and keep the offense on the field.
I'm very happy to have the style of QB that the Texans have. That style tends to win championships. See: Stafford.
 

austins23

Hall of Fame
Colts open as 8.5 favorite
It was 7.5 last week. Wonder where the extra point came from?
Thinking about taking the 8.5. The Colts will want to control the game with Taylor. And I don't think they want to expose Ryan to the pass rush for 40+ attempts. The Texans will want to play with their new toy (Pierce) as much as possible. I see a ton of rushing and a game under 3 hours. 23-16 Colts.
I think 8.5 is a lot given the Colts record in openers. Like lots of folks have mentioned it’s gonna be a running game. Might even bet the under here.
I never gamble, but Vegas odds are so stupid against the Texans that I'm making a one-time exception and placing some bets on the season.
I think the O/U on wins is 4.5. I’d place some shackles on the over. Have a feeling these guys get 6 wins, maybe 7 with a lucky break.
 

Earl34

All Pro
I'm very happy to have the style of QB that the Texans have. That style tends to win championships. See: Stafford.
What? True. Stafford won a championship with the Rams. However, when he was in Detroit, the knock on him was that he couldn't win a playoff game far less a Super Bowl. His style didn't change going from the Lions to the Rams. The team and organization around him changed. It's funny that now he won a championship "his style wins championships".

For the record. I like Stafford. However, it's another example of no QB can win championships on their own and they get too much blame and/or too much credit for their team's success.

Detroit Lions won't win a Super Bowl with Matthew Stafford (detroitjockcity.com)
Detroit Lions: With Latest Loss, Is It Time to Label Matthew Stafford a Bust? | News, Scores, Highlights, Stats, and Rumors | Bleacher Report
 

JB

Old Curmudgeon
Contributor's Club
What? True. Stafford won a championship with the Rams. However, when he was in Detroit, the knock on him was that he couldn't win a playoff game far less a Super Bowl. His style didn't change going from the Lions to the Rams. The team and organization around him changed. It's funny that now he won a championship "his style wins championships".

For the record. I like Stafford. However, it's another example of no QB can win championships on their own and they get too much blame and/or too much credit for their team's success.

Detroit Lions won't win a Super Bowl with Matthew Stafford (detroitjockcity.com)
Detroit Lions: With Latest Loss, Is It Time to Label Matthew Stafford a Bust? | News, Scores, Highlights, Stats, and Rumors | Bleacher Report
Expectations are high for #1 picks
 


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