HOUSTON — In the Houston Texans’ 26-23 comeback victory over the Indianapolis Colts, quarterback Brock Osweiler finally flashed the ability that head coach Bill O’Brien continued to praise through the first five weeks of the season.
Despite a shaky start, Osweiler led the Texans down the field twice late in the fourth quarter and again in overtime. He finished 25-of-39 for 269 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.
“I just hope everyone hangs around for all four quarters next time because I can promise you one thing: This team is never going to stop fighting,” Osweiler told NBC.
The game-tying touchdown that forced overtime came with 49 seconds left, as Osweiler threw a 26-yard pass under pressure to tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz. He also set up the game-winning field goal in overtime with a beautiful 36-yard throw to wide receiver Jaelen Strong.
This was the game Osweiler needed to get on track, playing against a Colts defense that entered the game ranked 30th in the league, allowing an average of 301 passing yards (28th) and 109.6 rushing yards (18th) per game. Running back Lamar Miller took advantage on the ground, and though the Texans’ passing game struggled during the first half, Osweiler came through later in the game.
Osweiler was 12-of-15 for 135 yards and two touchdowns in the fourth quarter after he was 11-of-22 for 89 yards and an interception in the first three quarters, according to ESPN Stats Information.
Miller had his best game with Houston on Sunday night, rushing for 149 yards and a touchdown on 24 attempts, in addition to three catches for 29 yards and another touchdown. Miller’s rushing touchdown was the Texans’ first of the season. He had his second game of the year with more than 100 yards rushing, a week after having only nine touches against Minnesota.
After Pro Bowl receiver DeAndre Hopkins had 10 catches in his previous three games, Osweiler and O’Brien said they were focused this week on getting him the ball. Osweiler targeted Hopkins 15 times, including seven times in the first half. Hopkins finished with nine receptions for 71 yards, and though he did not have a touchdown catch, he showed why Osweiler needs to continue to find him.
The Texans have three touchdowns and six interceptions targeting Hopkins this season, according to ESPN Stats Info. Houston had 11 touchdowns and five interceptions targeting him last season.
The come-from-behind performance by Osweiler and the Texans’ offense brought Houston to 4-2, as the Texans maintain their one-game lead in the division. Next they will travel to Denver on Monday night to play the reigning champion Broncos, who boast one of the league’s best defenses. The focus this week will be on Osweiler, who left Denver to sign a four-year, $72 million contract with the Texans, but he will likely carry some of the confidence he can take from this game into Monday night.