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Mark Lane

Minshew steadies Colts to 31-20 win over Texans

Gardner Minshew relieved an injured Anthony Richardson, and the Indianapolis Colts secured their first victory of the season 31-20 over the Houston Texans Sunday afternoon at NRG Stadium.

Minshew replaced the No. 4 overall pick in the second quarter. The former Jacksonville Jaguars and Philadelphia Eagles signal caller went 19-of-23 for 171 yards and a touchdown. Before leaving the game, Richardson completed six passes on 10 attempts for 56 yards and rushed three times for 35 yards and two touchdowns.

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The Texans had trouble with the Colts’ ground game as running back Zack Moss shredded Houston for 88 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. The Colts were efficient with their possessions as the Texans out-paced them 389 to 353 in total offense and also had a 34:58 time of possession compared to the Colts’ 25:02.

C.J. Stroud scores

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Stroud threw his first career touchdown pass with 3:19 to go in the first quarter. The No. 2 overall pick found receiver Nico Collins for an eight-yard touchdown to help Houston chip into the Colts’ 14-7 lead. Stroud finished with 30 completions on 47 attempts for 384 yards and two touchdowns.

Nico Collins' career game

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Collins caught seven passes for 146 yards and a touchdown. The receiving yards were a career high for the former 2021 third-rounder from Michigan, and were also the most such yards by a Texans wideout since Week 1, 2021, when Brandin Cooks had 132.

Defensive struggles

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The Texans weren’t able to stop the Colts on the ground as Indianapolis had 126 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries. Indianapolis also went 50% on third down conversions (6-12) while having their way 4-4 in the red zone. Houston’s defense failed to record a sack and logged just one quarterback hit.

What's next?

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The Colts (1-1) go on the road to play the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium in Week 3.

Houston (0-2) also travels to play the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field.

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