The Indianapolis Colts regained their usual position atop the AFC South Division after defeating the Houston Texans 30-17 Monday night at Lucas Oil Stadium. Longtime Colts QB Peyton Manning wasted no time getting the offense in motion, hitting Jacob Tamme with a short pass for the initial score five minutes into the first quarter. Kelvin Hayden then came through on the defensive end at the start of the second with a 25 yard interception return for six. “In the first half, we didn’t do a thing. We dug ourselves a hole,” said Texans QB Matt Schaub. “It’s a hole you don’t want to be in to any team in this league, especially with this team and the defense they have.”
Indianapolis was able to win their fifth game of the season without All-Pro tight end Dallas Clark, receiver Austin Colle and running back Joseph Addai. “Whoever’s in there has to somehow find a way to do the job. It’s not always going to be pretty or perfect, but you’ve just got to keep grinding,” said Manning. “That’s kind of the word we use. Just keep grinding and trying to make some plays.” Mike Hart led the rushing game with 84 yards from 12 carries. Manning totaled for 268 yards and two TD’s from 26 passes completed. The Colts are scheduled to matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles next Sunday as the Texans play host to the San Diego Chargers.