Colts fall behind 34-0 in the first half, lose 34-7 to Texans in Season Opener
The Colts repeated the mantra all week long about "next man up" in regards to playing without quarterback Peyton Manning.

While they have fared well in the past in replacing key players, it is clear Peyton Manning is not any other player.

The Houston Texans dominated the first half and cruised during the final two quarters in defeating the Colts 34-7. Kerry Collins was 16-31 for 197 yards. Collins lost two fumbles which resulted in early Houston points.

The Colts avoided a shutout when Collins hit Reggie Wayne for a 6-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter, the only scoring of the second half for either team.

Of concern is starting middle linebacker Gary Brackett who sprained a shoulder following a second-half interception.

The 27-point loss is the worst in a season opener since the 1985 season when the Colts lost 45-3 at Pittsburgh.

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