Video: CBS NFL Week 15 Preview – Texans at Colts

Pete Prisco and Pat Kirwan preview the NFL Week 15 matchup between the Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts.

Texans vs Colts NFL Week 15 Game Capsule

HOUSTON TEXANS (7-6) AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (9-4)

SERIES

TEXANS COLTS
SERIES LEADER 21-4
STREAKS   Past 4
COACHES VS. OPP. O’Brien: 0-1 Pagano: 4-1
LAST WEEK W 27-13 at Jaguars W 25-24 at Browns
LAST GAME 10/9/14: Colts 33 at Texans 28. Indianapolis QB Andrew Luck throws for 370 yards & 3 TDs. Colts WR T.Y. Hilton has 9 catches for career-high 223 yards (24.8 avg.) & TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/15/13: Colts 25, Texans 3. Indianapolis CB Darius Butler has 2 INTs & DE Cory Redding records safety. Colts RB Trent Richardson totals 102 scrimmage yards & catches TD.
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon. SIRIUS: 137 (Hou.), 113 (Ind.). XM: 230 (Ind.).

STATS

PASSING Fitzpatrick: 194-306-2453-17-8-95.9 Luck: 337-544-4305 (1L)-36 (T1L)-13-98.8
RUSHING Foster: 204-1028 (3C)-5.0-8 (T2C) Richardson: 142-475-3.3-3
RECEIVING Hopkins: 64-1090-17.0-6 Hilton: 78-1295 (3L)-16.6-7
OFFENSE 350.2 432.4 (1L)
TAKE/GIVE +12 (1C) -4
DEFENSE 373.0 355.8
SACKS Watt: 14.5 (3L) Walden: 6
INTs Rolle: 3 Adams: 5 (T2L)
PUNTING Lechler: 46.9 McAfee: 47.3 (2C)
KICKING Bullock: 104 (35/35 PAT; 23/28 FG) Vinatieri: 125 (T2L) (44/44 PAT; 27/27 FG)

NOTES

TEXANS: In past 6, QB RYAN FITZPATRICK has 1,397 pass yards with 12 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 107.0 rating. Completed 15 of 23 (65.2 pct.) for 212 yards & 1 TD vs. 0 INTs for 109.3 rating in last meeting…Last week, RB ARIAN FOSTER rushed for 127 yards & TD & now has 32 career 100-yard games, surpassing PRIEST HOLMES (31) for most ever by undrafted player. Has 11 TDs in past 7 (7 rush, 4 rec.) & aims for 8th in row with TD. Since 2010, leads AFC in rush yards (5,834) & rush TDs (50)…WR ANDRE JOHNSON (996 rec.) needs 5 catches to surpass HINES WARD (1,000) for No. 9 all-time. Has 13,398 career rec. yards, eclipsing TORRY HOLT (13,382) for No. 12 all-time. For career, averages 6 rec./game, best in history (min. 100 games). In past 7, WR DE ANDRE HOPKINS has 39 rec. for 724 yards (18.6 avg.) & 3 TDs…DE J.J. WATT is 1st player with 3 off. TDs (3 rec.) & 2 TDs on takeaways (INT, FR) in season since BILL GOLDING in 1948. Since entering NFL in 2011, leads league with 51 sacks, incl. 3 last week vs. Jax…COLTS: Since entering NFL in 2012, QB ANDREW LUCK has 12,501 pass yards, eclipsing PEYTON MANNING (12,287) for most of any SB-era QB in 1st 3 seasons. Has 4-1 career record vs. Hou., passing for 1,198 yards with 12 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 93.2 rating…RB TRENT RICHARDSON (1,988) needs 12 rush yards to reach 2,000 career. Had rush TD in last meeting…In past 10, WR T.Y. HILTON has 62 catches for 1,109 yards with 7 TDs, incl. 6 100-yard games. Aims for 4th in row with TD catch. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 1,295 rec. yards & needs 5 to join WRs MARVIN HARRISON & REGGIE WAYNE as only Colts with 1,300+ yard rec. season. Had career-high 223 yards on 9 catches (24.8 avg.) with TD in last meeting. WR Reggie Wayne has TD catch in 2 of past 3 vs. Hou. Rookie WR DONTE MONCRIEF (Round 3, No. 90 overall) aims for 4th in row with 3+ catches…LB D’QWELL JACKSON leads team with 110 tackles & has career-high 4 sacks. S MIKE ADAMS leads team with career-high 5 INTs, incl. 1 vs. Cle. CB JOSH GORDY posted 1st INT of season last week.

Texans at Colts Wednesday Injury Report

HOUSTON TEXANS
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday LB Brian Cushing (back), RB Arian Foster (groin), TE Garrett Graham (ankle), DE Tim Jamison (knee), WR Andre Johnson (concussion), CB Johnathan Joseph (knee, achilles), LB Whitney Mercilus (back), G Xavier Su’a-Filo (back)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday T Tyson Clabo (foot), LB Akeem Dent (neck), CB Kareem Jackson (knee), S Danieal Manning (hamstring), LB Jeff Tarpinian (knee)
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday S Mike Adams (back), S Sergio Brown (illness), LB D’Qwell Jackson (ribs), S LaRon Landry (illness), G Joe Reitz (ankle), G Hugh Thornton (knee), LB Erik Walden (knee)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday CB Vontae Davis (concussion)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday T Xavier Nixon (foot), LB Andy Studebaker (hamstring)

Colts Lose Starting Right Guard Joe Reitz to an Ankle Injury

Colts starting right guard Joe Reitz was carted off the field with an injured ankle in the second half against the Browns on Sunday.

Reitz started Sunday in place of injured guard Hugh Thornton.

The guard was hurt on a running play in the third quarter and then taken to the locker room for further evaluation and X-rays. As he lay on the ground, Colts quarterback Andrew Luck came over to console Reitz, who is in his fourth season from Western Michigan.

Reitz is the second Colts lineman to go down. Earlier, rookie center Jonotthan Harrison left with a neck injury and didn’t return.

Colts Overcome Slow Start; Late TD Seals 25-24 Win Over Browns

It was a slow start for the Colts, but in the end it was a gritty affair by Andrew Luck and the offense to pull out a huge 25-24 win over the Browns to push their record to 9-4 on the year.

Luck’s biggest moment came with :32 seconds left when he threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to T.Y. Hilton to clinch the win.

“He just had that fire in his eyes,” Colts running back Daniel Herron said.

Luck had helped the Browns build a 14-point lead with his fumble that was recovered in the end zone for a touchdown, and by throwing an interception returned by rookie cornerback Justin Gilbert for a TD.

Starting at his own 10 with 3:46 left, Luck took the Colts on an 11-play, 90-yard drive.

“Some real bonehead mistakes,” Luck said. “Can’t do that, but it feels good to win on the road, in this fashion against a very good team. Made enough plays when it mattered just to get it done.”

Before Luck, who threw two picks and was sacked three times, connected on his second TD pass to Hilton, Herron picked up 2 yards on a critical fourth down to keep the drive going.

Luck finished with 294 yards passing, picking up 208 in the second half.

The Browns offense didn’t do much to help the team, as despite getting two defensive scores, starter Brian Hoyer was awful for most of the day.

Cleveland picked up only three first-downs after halftime and missed a chance to host Cincinnati next week with the AFC North lead on the line.

Hoyer went just 14 of 31 passes for 140 yards and threw two interceptions.

“I have to play better,” Hoyer said. “With each game that goes by, there are less and less opportunities to figure out how this season is going to go.”

Down 24-19 and time running out, Luck completed a 27-yard pass to rookie Donte Moncrief on third down, and the Colts got 35 yards when Browns cornerback Buster Skrine was called for interference on the next play.

Herron, though, made the drive’s biggest play. On fourth down at the 3, he ran right and was initially stopped at the line. But Herron spun away from the pile and cut inside safety Donte Whitner for the first down.

“That was all Boom Herron right there,” Luck said. “That was a great run and probably one of the best half-a-yard runs I’ve ever seen in my life.”

Adam Vinatieri kicked a pair of field goals for Indianapolis, which trailed 14-7 at halftime and by 14 early in the third.

Cleveland’s defense beat up the Colts in the first half, as they held Indy to 117 total yards and harassing Luck on nearly every throw.

Colts vs Browns Week 14 NFL Inactives

Colts: CB Vontae Davis, OLB Andy Studebaker, G Lance Louis, T Andrew McDonald, G Hugh Thornton, T Xavier Nixon, NT Zach Kerr.

Browns: WR Rodney Smith, DB Tashaun Gipson, RB Glenn Winston, DB Robert Nelson, LB Karlos Dansby. OL Vinston Painter, TE Gary Barnidge.

Cribbs Says He Will Jump in the Dawg Pound in Cleveland Sunday

After playing eight seasons for the Browns and leaving as the franchise leader in kickoff returns, Josh Cribbs plans to seek out old friends in the front row of the east end zone at FirstEnergy Stadium known as the Dawg Pound, Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

But it will also be a scouting mission. If he returns a kick or punt for a touchdown, he vowed Wednesday to jump into the Dawg Pound and wants to make sure Browns fans will catch him.

“You’ll definitely see me in the stadium hugging fans. If I had the opportunity to score, I would jump in the Dawg Pound to hug those guys who helped create me and helped give me the strength and the motivation to become what I am today,” Cribbs said on a conference call.

“It definitely won’t be the case when [the Bengals’] Chad Ochocinco tried to jump in the stands having no personal ties in Cleveland. I’ve only gotten positive feedback from the fans happy to see me back at it. They know I tried to play for the Browns.”

Colts vs Browns Thursday Injury Report

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday S Mike Adams (back), WR Joshua Cribbs (knee), CB Vontae Davis (concussion), LB D’Qwell Jackson (not injury related), DT Arthur Jones (illness), DT Zach Kerr (illness), T Xavier Nixon (foot), DE Cory Redding (knee), LB Andy Studebaker (hamstring), G Hugh Thornton (knee), LB Erik Walden (knee), WR Reggie Wayne (not injury related)
Thursday S Mike Adams (back), WR Joshua Cribbs (knee), CB Vontae Davis (concussion), C Jonotthan Harrison (illness), T Xavier Nixon (foot), LB Andy Studebaker (hamstring), G Hugh Thornton (knee)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday WR T.Y. Hilton (hamstring)
Thursday G Lance Louis (illness), DE Cory Redding (knee), LB Erik Walden (knee)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday TE Dwayne Allen (ankle)
Thursday TE Dwayne Allen (ankle), WR T.Y. Hilton (hamstring), LB D’Qwell Jackson (not injury related), DT Arthur Jones (illness), DT Zach Kerr (illness), WR Reggie Wayne (not injury related)
CLEVELAND BROWNS
Practice Report
OUT (DEFINITELY WILL NOT PLAY)
Wednesday S Tashaun Gipson (knee)
Thursday S Tashaun Gipson (knee)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday TE Gary Barnidge (rib), RB Isaiah Crowell (hip), LB Jabaal Sheard (foot), T Joe Thomas (not injury related)
Thursday TE Gary Barnidge (rib), LB Paul Kruger (illness), CB Robert Nelson (hamstring), LB Jabaal Sheard (foot), S Donte Whitner (not injury related)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday TE Jordan Cameron (concussion), LB Karlos Dansby (knee), WR Marlon Moore (hamstring)
Thursday TE Jordan Cameron (concussion), RB Isaiah Crowell (hip), LB Karlos Dansby (knee), WR Marlon Moore (hamstring)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday CB Justin Gilbert (illness), C Nick McDonald (ankle, knee), LB Barkevious Mingo (shoulder)
Thursday C Nick McDonald (ankle, knee), LB Barkevious Mingo (shoulder), T Joe Thomas (not injury related)