HOUSTON (AP) — An almost-empty bottle of purple Pedialyte sat in T.Y. Hilton’s locker after Sunday’s sport, a tangible reminder that the receiver hasn’t been feeling effectively this week.
While the youngsters’s sickness treatment helped him really feel higher earlier than the sport, the very best treatment for his ailment got here within the type of the Texans, a group he is had loads of success towards.
Hilton had 175 yards receiving with two touchdowns to badist the Indianapolis Colts halt a three-game skid with a 20-14 win over a Houston group that struggled with out Deshaun Watson.
Hilton continued his dominance towards the Texans to permit the Colts (Three-6) to keep away from their first four-game dropping streak below coach Chuck Pagano. He has 1,117 yards receiving and 9 touchdowns in 11 video games towards Houston. He’s been significantly good in Houston the place he is caught seven of these touchdowns.
“It’s just crazy,” he mentioned. “Maybe I just love playing here.”
Hilton broke out of a troublesome three video games the place he’d managed simply 61 yards receiving mixed.
“It’s hard and it can become frustrating. Great players want the ball,” Pagano mentioned. “He’s a guy that wants the football and we’re doing everything we can to get the ball to our playmakers.”
Jacoby Brissett threw for 308 yards filling in for Andrew Luck, who was positioned on injured reserve on Thursday and can miss the season after having shoulder surgical procedure in January.
Watson’s stellar season additionally ended that day when the rookie tore the anterior cruciate ligament in one in all his knees in follow.
Tom Savage, who was benched within the opener for Watson, could not transfer the offense for many of the sport, however threw a landing go within the fourth quarter to get Houston inside 20-14.
The Texans had an opportunity to win it late, however Savage was sacked by Jabaal Sheard and fumbled as time ran out to safe the victory.
“It’s probably the most frustrating game of my life,” Savage mentioned. “It’s one of those deals where you just weren’t making the throws. Guys were open and I’m not going to give you the politically correct answer and say blah, blah, blah and we can do better. I’ve got to make the throws.”
With Watson working the offense, the Texans (Three-5) had set a franchise file by scoring 30 or extra factors in 5 straight video games.
His growth had given the group hope that they might end robust and contend for a 3rd straight postseason berth regardless of dropping J.J. Watt to a season-ending damage for a second straight yr.
On Sunday, with Watson relegated to an additional coach on the bench, this Houston offense sputtered.
Houston obtained a landing on a fumble return within the second quarter, however the offense did not rating till a 34-yard reception by DeAndre Hopkins with about six minutes left within the fourth quarter that made it 20-14.
It was the primary landing go for Savage, who made the fourth begin of his profession on Sunday. He completed 19 of 44 for 219 yards.
Hilton gave the Colts an early lead on Sunday when he hauled in a 45-yard landing reception on their first drive.
Houston’s Ka’imi Fairbairn missed his first discipline purpose of the season on a 39-yard try early within the second quarter.
Adam Vinatieri, who moved previous Gary Anderson for second on the NFL’s profession scoring record on Sunday with 2,442 factors, added a 22-yard discipline purpose for the Colts to make it 10-Zero within the second.
Houston obtained on the board close to the tip of the second quarter when Eddie Pleasant sacked Brissett and compelled a fumble which Lamarr Houston returned 34 yards to chop the result in 10-7 at halftime.
Hilton’s second landing got here when he took a brief go and dashed 80 yards for a landing to make it 17-7 within the third quarter. He jumped over Kareem Jackson to keep away from his sort out and fell to the turf across the 32-yard line on the run. But Jackson did not contact him , so Hilton obtained up and bumped into the tip zone with no Texan following him as a result of all of them thought he was down by contact.
Houston challenged the play, however it was upheld.
GRIFFIN INJURED: Houston TE Ryan Griffin sustained a concussion within the third quarter. It’s his second concussion this season.
Former President George H.W. Bush was on the sphere for the coin toss as a part of Houston’s salute to service day honoring members of the army. The Texans additionally welcomed Houston Astros George Springer, Chris Devenski, Joe Musgrove and Tyler White on the sphere between the primary and second quarters to honor them for successful the primary World Series in franchise historical past final week. Springer, the MVP of the World Series, drew an enormous spherical of applause when he hoisted the trophy above his head.
Colts: Host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.
Texans: Visit the Los Angeles Rams subsequent Sunday.
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