Houston, Texas-- The Houston Texans were exposed and embarrassed on Saturday Afternoon in there AFC Wildcard matchup against the Indianapolis Colts.
Andrew Luck threw for 222 yards and two touchdowns and the Indianapolis Colts raced out to a big lead and cruised to a 21-7 win over the Houston Texans in the wild-card game on Saturday.
Luck put on a show in his hometown, throwing for 191 yards and two touchdowns before halftime to help the Colts (11-6) build a 21-0 lead.Running back Marlon Mack had 148 yards and a touchdown for Indianapolis, which advances to face top-seeded Kansas City in the divisional round next weekend.
Head coach Frank Reich put on a play calling clinic and it wasn't even close.The Texans weren’t ready for playoff football and it showed with there lack of discipline and poor execution.The defense played very tedious and mundane.
Houston (11-6), which overcame a 0-3 start to win the AFC South, gave up too many big plays and couldn't get anything going on offense in the first half to fall into the huge hole.
Because of the Texans’ problems on the offensive line, they are put in a tough spot if they ask Deshaun Watson to drop back 40 times a game and bring the team back from two or more scores.
Watson had alot of bad throws, miscommunication, wasted opportunities and look very erratic at times.Deshaun Watson, who was sacked an NFL-leading 62 times in the regular season, was sacked three times and hit eight more times in a disappointing playoff debut. He finished with 235 yards passing with a touchdown, while rushing for 76 yards on 8 attempts.
Andrew Luck dissected the secondary which is devoid of talent.Defensive line couldn't get any pressure.The Texans defensive don't sack Luck at all and the secondary was incapable of getting coverage sacks.The Colts dominated on both sides of the ball.They dictated the running game and protected Andrew Luck.
They pulled out a division title, holding off the challengers at the regular season buzzer. The problem was, once the playoffs hit, they faced the hottest team in the league, equipped with a quarterback who is arguably among the NFL's elite. And they made costly mistakes in execution that derailed their chance to advance.
Now comes the offseason. Bill O'Brien says every year is different. He and Brian Gaine will work to improve the roster. And do whatever else they need to do to make sure that when they get to January again, they'll perform better.
Getting to the playoffs is not to be taken for granted. It's monumentally tougher to win, and failure stings more as the stakes are higher
Bill O'Brien has major concerns on both sides of the ball and personal needs to be revamped for this team to have any success next season.