|Written by Mike|
Bet on the NFLThe Indianapolis Colts clinched the AFC South title this Sunday against the Houston Texans with a 17-10 win. Meanwhile, the Texans lost their starting quarterback for the rest of the season. The Colts also barely beat the -6.5 spread that they had for the game.
The Texans got on the board first after Kendrick Lewis returned an interception for a touchdown. However, the Texans received a massive blow as quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick suffered a fractured leg. The injury will require surgery and he will be out for the rest of the season. This prompted the Texans to turn to Tom Savage at the helm. The rookie from Pittsburgh had never attempted a pass before and only had two rushing touchdowns in a blowout victory against Tennessee a few weeks earlier.
In just one play after the Texans recovered a Colts fumble, Savage lost a snap and caused a fumble. This allowed the Colts to get the ball back. This led to Andrew Luck completing one of his two touchdown passes in that quarter. The Colts also would have gotten a two-touchdown lead at the half but an offensive holding penalty nullified a long touchdown pass.
The Texans got within four points late in the game with a 53-yard field goal from Randy Bullock. Savage tried to lead the Texans to another scoring drive but turned the ball over on downs with two straight incomplete passes. The Texans' last play was an interception from Vontae Davis.
Savage went 10-19 for 127 yards while Arian Foster had 99 rushing yards on 26 carries for the Texans. Andrew Luck did not do much for the Colts as he had 187 yards and went 18-34.
While the Texans fell to 7-7, the Colts moved to 10-4 to get the AFC South title for the second year in a row. The Colts are half a game ahead of Cincinnati for the third seed in the playoffs but are one game behind both Denver and New England for one of the two first round byes in the playoffs.