Tonight's game is the tale of two teams seemingly headed in different directions. Last season the Houston Texas edged out the upstart Indianapolis Colts to take the division by a single game. This year appears different as the Colts seem like an easy pick to win the division as none of the other three division foes seem to offer much of a challenge at this point. The Texans on the other hand sit near the bottom of the league record wise. This also represent's the halfway point game for both franchises.
The Colts hope to widen their division lead in tonight's game. Indy currently holds a two game lead over the Tennessee Titans in the AFC South at the beginning of the day. The Colt's are of course led by second year starter and CT man crush Andrew Luck (my understanding is that there was a restraining order issued). Luck continues to impress and turn heads in his second full year as a starter. The Colts team on a whole has caught notice of the rest of the NFL following their victory over Peyton Manning and his previously unbeaten Denver Broncos in week seven. One thing to watch when the Colts are on offense is for who will emerge as Luck's new go to target following the season ending injury to long time Colts wide-out Reggie Wayne.
The Texans were already struggling this season but like the Colts had a major loss of their own but on defense. Brian Cushing is out for the season following a torn ACL in their week seven loss to the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs. This is the second year in a row that the Texans have lost Cushing following a torn ACL. They are still a tough defense led by defensive star JJ Watt but have struggled thus far on offense. Backup quarterback Case Keenum will remain at the helm of the offense for now despite starting Matt Schaub being healthy. Following an injury to Schaub Keenum started week seven and went 15 of 25 for 271 and a touchdown against the best defense in the league. For now the Texans head coach Gary Kubiak believes that Case gives them the best chance to win.