By Terrance Turner
Dec. 5, 2021
The Indianapolis Colts walloped the Houston Texans today in a blowout: 31-0. The Colts (7-6) overpowered the Texans (2-10) with a superior run game and lights-out defense. The Colts defense prevented Houston from scoring a single point; the offense, anchored by running back Jonathan Taylor, lit up the field.
Taylor had a 1-yard rushing touchdown in the first quarter; in the second, QB Carson Wentz threw a TD to Ashton Dulin. According to the Houston Chronicle, fans in NRG Stadium booed the Texans off the field: “The Texans got booed off the field at halftime of their game against the Colts on Sunday by a crowd that looked only about a third-full.” (The Chronicle adds that the Texans rank 16th in the league in official attendance, with an average of 67,201 tickets sold. Resale tickets for today’s game were available on Ticketmaster for just $6.)
Adding to the Texans’ woes: Culley’s new penchant for benching players. QB Tyrod Taylor was benched in the third quarter in favor of Davis Mills; linebacker Zach Cunningham was also benched. Cunninghan did not play in today’s game for disciplinary reasons. The starting linebacker is inactive for continually being late, sources said. Safety Justin Reid was absent from last week’s game against the Jets. “It was [for] disciplinary reasons, it was a coach’s decision and we’ll keep that internal,” Texans coach David Culley said after the game. (Reid was suspended for the game after he challenged Culley’s coaching in a team meeting, team sources told ESPN.)
Jonathan Taylor rushed three yards for another touchdown in the third quarter, capping a 75-yard drive. And after a field goal by Michael Badgeley in the fourth quarter, RB Deon Jackson took off for a three-yard touchdown with just 1:56 left. Texans coach David Culley watched impassively from the sideline, chomping away on his chewing gum.
The Texans fall to 2-10. They have the second-worst record in the league, ahead of only the Lions — who won their first game of the season today. SB NATION writer Matt Weston was blunt: “The Texans are terrible, as terrible as we expected, and somehow, we got five more of these left.”
And fans are fed up. One of the spectators in today’s Texans game wore a battle red Texans jersey and a brown paper bag on his/her head. Written on the bag was a simple message:
“SELL THE TEAM.”