Texans pound on Peyton-less Colts
HOUSTON — Hey, Peyton Manning. If there was ever a doubt about what you mean to Indianapolis, there isn't anymore.
What already looks like a long, season for the Colts might be the chance, at last, for the Texans to make a leap forward in the AFC South, at least if Sunday's rout is any indication.
Matt Schaub threw for 220 yards and a touchdown, Ben Tate rushed for 116 yards and another score in relief of injured Arian Foster, and Houston dominated Kerry Collins, the replacement for Manning, who is out indefinitely after his second neck surgery this year.
The Texans weren't ready to say the win signals a change in the division. Houston beat the Colts with Manning in last year's home opener, but finished 6-10.
"Every year, you get your group together and it's your chance to do something special," Texans coach Gary Kubiak said.
Collins fumbled on consecutive snaps that set up Texans touchdowns in the first quarter, and he was sacked three times.