Texans outside linebacker Brennan Scarlett tackles Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett

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Texans Defense Bounces Back Against Colts

The final defensive play was a major one for Houston

Brandon Scott
November 22, 2019 - 12:36 am

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610) -- Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph said the defense's goal was just to give the Colts different looks and not give up chunk plays.

They were already coming off a short week, banged up and short-handed after a loss in Baltimore on Sunday, when they gave plenty of such plays. 

The Colts did not have a single play go further than 18 yards. While Indianapolis was an efficient 9-for-15 on third down, the Texans defense came up with major stops to force the Colts offense off the field. 

Of the Colts nine possessions, six ended in either a punt or turnover on downs -- the first three possessions and the last three possessions.

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"Last week, we took it on the chin and this week we showed we had a little resilience," Joseph said. "Came back and won against a tough opponent."

The win puts the Texans atop the AFC South at 7-4.

Outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus said it was not a pretty win, but it was important for the Texans to bounce back after the 41-7 loss to the Ravens.

The final defensive play was a major one for Houston.

Jacoby Brissett dropped back to pass on 4th and 7, but no Colts receivers appeared to be open. Finally, Brissett stepped up and took off, but he was upended just short of the first down marker by Texans linebacker Brennan Scarlett. 

In the third quarter, with Indianapolis still holding a 17-13 lead, Texans newcomer Vernon Hargreaves III was able to break up a pass from Brissett to T.Y. Hilton, who later dropped a crucial pass with Joseph defending him.

"The thing is with a short week, you've got to turn the page quickly, just get prepared for the next opponent and that's exactly what we did," Mercilus said. "Went out there, you know we didn't execute at times, but the thing is guys stuck to their guns and made things happen."