Quick Take: Colts-Texans

In Brief

» Last meeting: Kris Brown missed a field goal as time expired, giving the Colts a 20-17 win just three weeks ago.
» Streaks: Indianapolis has a 14-1 record against Houston.
» Last week: The Colts were once again able to repel a serious challenge to their unbeaten record, beating the Ravens, 17-15. ... Brown missed yet another field goal as time expired in a 20-17 loss to the Titans.

Keep your eye on ...Steve Slaton's sophomore slump: As a rookie last season, Slaton put up some outstanding numbers and was considered one of the league's most promising young rushers. This year, however, has been a struggle as he has seven fumbles and is averaging just 3.1 yards per carry. He must get back to his 2008 form if the Texans expect to beat the Colts and stay in the playoff race.

Mario Williams' pass rush: This has not been a banner season so far for Williams. He has just four sacks and one forced fumble, and has not made a major impact. For the Texans to beat the Colts, he will need to be at his best, and put constant pressure on Peyton Manning.

Indy's perfect season burden: The Colts have had a tougher time staying undefeated each week, but have somehow found a way to continue winning. Fortuitous bounces and last-minute heroics do not tend to continue happening over the long term, though, so Indianapolis could find itself in trouble against Houston, unless it plays with some more crispness.

Did you know?

Colts WR Reggie Wayne has 88 career receptions against the Texans. ... Indianapolis has won 19 consecutive regular-season games. ... Matt Schaub has passed for 300 or more yards in four straight games. ... Houston's Brian Cushing leads all rookies with 88 tackles.

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