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The Colts head into their first AFC South match-up with a chance to put the Texans in a very difficult position. A Colts give them a two game cushion over Houston and would put the Texans in an 0-4 hole to start the year. A loss by one or both of the Titans and Jaguars could see Indianapolis move up in the rankings as well. With the New England Patriots on the road Thursday night , this is one Frank Reich really needs to win. Here are some of the keys to an important home win.Pester Deshaun WatsonOver the last couple of weeks, the Colts have started to get something going with their pass rush. Kemoko Turay showed signs of production, Margus Hunt continues to dominate, and Darius Leonard’s speed has shown in a big way. Perhaps the best pass rusher of the bunch, Jabaal Sheard, has also be dialing up the pressure and could easily be tied for the team lead in sacks right now if not for penalties.If Andrew Luck has earned a reputations for holding onto the ball too longer in his young career, Deshaun Watson certainly belongs right there with him. They both have a fearless attitude in the pocket and try to extend plays. Sometimes this trait leads to heroics, other times, especially against fast penetrating defenses, it can lead to sacks, turnovers, and negative plays.If the Colts can get into Watson’s head and stay there, it’s unlikely that the Texans backfield will be able to carry Houston to a win.Red Zone EfficiencyThe Indianapolis Colts offense has come into the 2018 season looking sluggish. There are plenty of causes for this, including Andrew Luck being rusty and needing some time to get himself completely back into game shape, and injuries all of the offense. However, Frank Reich and Nick Sirianni must find a way to improve the red zone issues. If the Colts can’t punch the ball into the end zone when they get into the red zone Indianapolis Colts T-Shirt , there will be unnecessarily large weight placed on the Colts defense to continue carrying the team.Andrew Luck’s Decision-Making and AccuracyThere are plenty of questions about Andrew Luck’s arm strength to this point in the season, and we’ve monitored and reported on this questions — including full film breakdowns every week to see how Luck is progressing. Assuming that his throwing shoulder is still healthy and not experiencing a set back, Indianapolis needs him to cut down on the mental mistakes and easy misses.Colts fans are used to seeing Andrew Luck use deep ball accuracy to pick apart opponents and create big plays. To this point, a drop by T.Y. Hilton, pass interference calls, and some throws that have been off-target have limited some of the home run plays. Frank Reich’s play-calling style and quick hitting offense certainly play a role in this change as well but the offense will have to start hitting on deep strikes to really open things up.Offensive BalanceThe Colts are a fumble, a few penalties, and a couple of broken red zone plays away from being in a much better position this year. One thing appears to be a key to the offense have more success and keeping Indianapolis in games is offensive balance. When the Colts go away from the ground game, even against top rushing defenses, sledding gets really difficult. It’s possible that Frank Reich and the coaching staff need to stick with Jordan Wilkins a bit more and allow him to get the most out of each carry as he has certainly been the back with the most consistent success in his limited opportunities.Slow Down the Texans Pass RushSomehow, the Texans defense line that includes players like J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney should be one of the more manageable units the young team has faced this season. These players are still premier weapons and highly effective at creating disruption and getting to the quarterback. With Joe Haeg recently placed on injured reserve and Anthony Castonzo set to miss another game, Denzelle Good and Le’Raven Clark will have to continue playing up and doing their best to keep Andrew Luck clean.If Luck has time in the pocket and can get the ground game and quick passing game going, T.Y. Hilton should have a nice day. If Luck is on his back, that isn’t possible.Game Time1 PM ET on Sunday, September 30, 2018LocationLucas Oil Stadium - Indianapolis Indianapolis Colts Hats , INTV ChannelCBS– Spero Dedes (play-by-play), Adam Archuleta (color commentator)RadioWFNI (107.5FM/1070 The Fan) and WLHK (Country 97.1 Hank FM)Referee AssignmentCarl Cheffers“Enemy” BlogBattle Red BlogTwitterFollow @StampedeBlue for the complete Colts coverage.FacebookLike Stampede Blue on Facebook!PodcastApple Podcasts | Stitcher | Art 19 | SB Colts Cast YT Channel The Indianapolis Colts have struggled to have success in 2018. The first two weeks provided some hope that the young unit could outperform expectations but four straight losses have dampened that confidence. Each week Indianapolis finds itself within reach of a victory but something happens that turns the tide the other way.Against the Bengals in Week 1, the Colts were efficiently moving the ball on a potential game winning scoring drive when Jack Doyle fumbled away the ball — which was subsequently returned for a touchdown. Against the Eagles in Week 3, numerous penalties were called on an a fourth quarter touchdown drive that gave Philadelphia the lead with just over 3 minutes to play. The Colts took the ball down to the 4 yard line and threw a fade to T.Y. Hilton in the end zone that he couldn’t haul in. Luck was subsequently sacked for a 16 yard loss on 4th down, sealing the loss. Against the Texans in Week 4, the Colts went on an offensive tear in the fourth quarter to tie the game and take momentum into overtime. They were unable to drive for a touchdown on the initial possession of overtime after 4 of Luck’s final 6 passes on the drive fell incomplete. After Houston tied the game, Frank Reich tried to convert on a 4th and 4 in his own territory and failed. Houston used one passing play and spiked the ball to set themselves up for a game winning field goal.Against the Patriots in Week 5, the Colts were in a position to mount a successful comeback in the second half but a fumble by Jordan Wilkins and an interception by Andrew Luck gave the ball back to New England when Indianapolis couldn’t afford to lose possessions. Finally, against the Jets in Week 6, a pick-six off of a deflected pass to start the game was a bad omen. The offense coughed the ball up multiple times, including three Andrew Luck interceptions, giving the Jets a short field. Jason Myers hit 7 field goals and New York won by 8. This has left fans scrambling for answers and to a great deal of frustration. What needs to happen for Indianapolis to turn its fortunes around? Who or what is to blame for losing these games? Fans helped provide the answer.There is no doubt that injuries have played a large role in the team’s struggles. Marlon Mack has finished only one game healthy in 2018. Anthony Castonzo started and finished his first game of the season against the Jets. Multi-talented offensive lineman Joe Haeg is on the injured reserve, as is veteran starting right guard Matt Slauson. Denzelle Good, who was a front runner to start at right tackle, has missed much of the season due to injury. Pro Bowl receiver TY Hilton has missed the last two games. Pro Bowl tight end Jack Doyle has missed four games. Starting safety Clayton Geathers missed the Jets game and his starting caliber backup Matthias Farley has been placed on the injured reserve. Starting defensive tackle Denico Autry has missed three games and Margus Hunt went out against New England and hasn’t returned. Even rookie linebacker Darius Leonard missed a game due to injury against the Patriots. Other members of the Colts starting secondary have missed games this year.All of these missed games and injuries take a toll on a team — particularly a young one.The other glaring issue has been dropped passes. Missing many of the team’s top targets this year has certainly not helped the issue but the drops have stopped offensive drives and weakened what has been an impressive performance by Andrew Luck in his return from injury in 2018. The Colts are tied for second worst in the league with 13 dropped passes through six weeks.How do you feel about the result of this poll?

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