Colts shutout Texans 31-0 before bye week

Indianapolis Colts

HOUSTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 05: Kenny Moore II #23 of the Indianapolis Colts celebrates with teammates after making an interception during the first quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium on December 05, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS – If the Colts are going to make the playoffs, they had to win this afternoon in Houston and they took care of business, beating the Texans 31-0 on the strength of their defense and run game.

It’s the Colts first shutout since blanking Dallas 23-0 at Lucas Oil Stadium in 2018 and their first on the road since a 6-0 game at New England in 1992.

Back-to-back AFC Offensive Player of the Month Jonathan Taylor ran for 143 yards and two touchdowns. The team ran for 239 yards overall.

The Colts got off to a fast start thanks to another takeaway when Kenny Moore intercepted Tyrod Taylor on the first play of the game. They turned the turnover into a one-yard Taylor touchdown.

Indianapolis had a chance to add to their lead after they forced another turnover. Moore punched the ball out after a Pharaoh Brown catch and Xavier Rhodes recovered it, but Michael Badgley missed his first field goal since re-joining the team.

The Colts finally did tack on points right before halftime. Carson Wentz found Ashton Dulin in the back of the end zone for a two-yard score. It’s the receivers second straight week with a touchdown.

Taylor scored from three-yards out, Badgley converted from 23-yards out and Deon Jackson scored his first career touchdown to provide the final margin.

The Colts improve to 7-6 before their bye next weekend. They will be back in action on Saturday, December 19 when they host the Patriots on FOX59.

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