Notre Dame graduate Quenton Nelson was one of the more interesting draft choices in recent years. Drafted in the first round by the Indianapolis Colts, the 6-foot-5 330 pound rookie offensive guard was brought in to help bolster the line protect Andrew Luck. The 6-foot-4 240 pound supersized QB Luck was of course touted as something of a superstar talent when he came in the league in 2012. But Luck has taken a beating during this career–with several injuries. Back in 2015 he injured his shoulder and although he played in 2016 until he lacerated his kidney, the injuries from 2015 were said to carry over to the point where he sat out all of 2017 to recover from surgery.  Tracking Luck’s injuries is complicated and coming back from them says something about Luck’s resolve to play. Luck is healthy these days, Nelson is playing at a high level, and the Colts have a number of other players that can help them succeed. Sacks against the Frank Reich’s Colts are down to an average of just over 1 a game.

T. Y. Hilton is key player that stands out among the Colt’s receivers, especially for his performance against the team’s playoff opponent, Houston Texans. Indianapolis Pro Bowlers for 2019 are tight end Eric Ebron and Quenton Nelson.

Bill O’Brien’s Texans offense features a running attack that includes 551 yards from their quarterback Deshaun Watson and 973 from Lamar Miller and 499 from Alfred Blue.  Houston players selected to the 2019 Pro Bowl include defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, linebacker Benardrick McKinney and defensive end J. J. Watt.  Houston’s defense creates plenty of highlight films for NFL audiences.

All the analysts suggest that the Colts-Texans game should be close. The Colts-Texans playoff game will played at NRG Stadium in Houston this Saturday.


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