Originally written on Pro Football Spot  |  Last updated 11/19/14
Indianapolis is coming off of a bye week to face a Houston team that is, for a lack of better terms, is a complete dumpster fire right now. Indy has beaten some top competition this year. They have also lost to some lesser teams. Here’s three things the Colts need to do in order to pull out a win on their third straight prime time game1.Build Confidence in a Third WR OptionThe loss of 13-year veteran Reggie Wayne is a definite blow to the Indianapolis offense. Indy elected to not seek someone before the trade deadline, instead staying in-house and bring up a younger wide receiver to fill the role. Houston boasts the first-ranked pass defense. It’s not going to be all that easy, but Indy needs to establish something in the 3rd WR role now. It’s all but certain that Houston is going to force the Colts to finding a third option, because they will be all over DHB and T.Y.2.Welcome Case Keenum to the AFC South properlyKeenum made his first career start against the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday and was essentially running for his life the entire time. Apparently Gary Kubiak liked seeing his QB run instead of throwing it to the other team for touchdowns, because Keenum is now the starter over a healthy Matt Shaub for their divisional game vs. the Colts. KC sacked Keenum 5 times; Indy needs to continue that. Robert Mathis has 11.5 sacks on the year, and he needs to be in the backfield with Keenum most of the night. Keenum didn’t give up an INT in his first start, which also needs to change. Davis, Landry, Bethea, and Toler need to make his life a living hell.3.Continue molding Richardson in the RB you wantI know, I know, this has been my key for every game for weeks now. I understand that I’m broken record, but bears repeating. Get T-Rich touches and build his confidence even more. Donald Brown is at nearly 6 yards a carry, which is great, but Richardson is only at 3. Richardson, by his own admission, is thinking too much. Houston brings the 28th ranked rush defense in the NFL. This will help T-Rich, since Houston apparently doesn’t like to stop the run. He is a work in progress, and we have to be patient.Indy’s road after the bye week isn’t a terribly difficult one. The roughest part of the schedule was definitely before the bye week. They have gained some health and refocused after this week and are ready to come back and finish this season strong. If Indy can get these three things done well this week, I see another W added to the Colts record.
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