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DeAndre Hopkins scores twice in Texans win over Colts

The Texans take an important division game over the Colts, as DeAndre Hopkins scores twice.

Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins celebrates with wide receiver Will Fuller after scoring a touchdown during the second quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at NRG Stadium. Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Houston started yet another game excruciatingly slow this week but finally was able to get things going. Late in the second quarter, down 7-3, Deshaun Watson hit an extremely wide open DeAndre Hopkins for a 35-yard touchdown catch to give Houston a 10-7 lead. That drive was the catalyst for the offense moving forward.

The lack of scoring early, coupled with the Colts total commitment to the run, slowed the game down immensely. Once the offense got going, Watson was able to put up some big plays to his receivers to counteract the Colts run game, giving a tortoise in the hare feel to the matchup. But unfortunately for the Colts, the tortoise didn’t end up winning this matchup.

Jonathan Williams was the bell-cow for the Colts, as he ran the ball 26 times for 104 yards and a touchdown, adding three receptions for another 17 yards. Those who expected Jordan Wilkins to share time with Williams weren’t privy to Reich’s plans. For the game, Indianapolis ran the ball 39 times for 175 yards and two touchdowns and threw it 25 times, completing 16 for 129 yards and no touchdowns, but Wilkins never touched the ball.

Jacoby Brissett did manage to run in a touchdown from five yards out, but he was hidden this week as he averaged just 5.2 yards per attempt. Brisset sported a bulky brace and wasn’t accurate, which could mean the brace or the knee are hindering his ability.

Watson’s slow start turned around quickly with his first touchdown to Hopkins, as he then was able to start connecting deep to Will Fuller, who had finally returned from his hamstring injury this week. Fuller ended up catching 7-of-11 targets for 140 yards in his return to the field.

Hopkins was the touchdown maker, though, as he again hooked up with Watson on what ended up being the game-winning score in the fourth quarter. Watson let a high arcing pass go, and Hopkins ran under it in the end zone, making a beautiful catch, never needing to bring the ball to his body.

In the end, Watson completed 19-of-30 passes for 298 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 10 yards while Hopkins caught 6-of-8 targets for 94 yards and two touchdowns, giving the Texans the win and the lead in the AFC South.