The battle of the backup quarterbacks will likely decide the AFC South when Houston visits Indianapolis. The Houston Texans has never won in Indianapolis since entering the league in 2002 and are 0-13 all-time on the Colts home field. If the Colts come away with another win at home they would have the inside track to win the division. The game between the Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts is scheduled for Sunday, December 20, 2015, at 1 p.m. ET at Lucas Oil Stadium. The game will be broadcast on CBS.
The Indianapolis Colts will be without Andrew Luck, who has missed a total of six games and the last four after suffering a lacerated kidney and a partially torn abdominal muscle. The second quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is dealing with a rib injury, so Charlie Whitehurst has gotten some looks in practice. Coach Chuck Pagano hopes Hasselbeck, who won his first four starts in place of Luck, can practice this week and be ready to go Sunday. If Hasselbeck can’t play, the Colts would likely start Charlie Whitehurst with Alex Tanney serving as his backup.
The Houston Texans are in a similar situation with their backup quarterback Yates ready to take snaps in the most important game of the season. Yates is in a similar situation as Whitehurst. He was third-string when the Texans where toying with Ryan Mallet and Hoyer at quarterback. The Texans have a better defense and J.J. Watt and Co. will get after Whitehurst if Houston finally gets a win in Indianapolis. Houston Texans DeAndre Hopkins has emerged as one of the elite receivers in the NFL. Hopkins, who had a career-high 11 catches and season-best 169 yards in the first meeting with the Colts, is expecting to see plenty of double teams from a defense that ranks 29th overall, against the pass and in yards per completion (12.59). If the Texans can’t get the use of Hopkins, their most dynamic weapon, the entire offense suffers.