A look ahead to the Indianapolis Colts v. Houston Texans match-up this Sunday shows that it will be one of the more unconventional games that actually has an impact on the playoffs in recent memory. Both teams have a 6-7 record and are tied for first place in the AFC South. Indianapolis won the Week 5 match-up between the teams, 27-20.
With Brian Hoyer (4-4 in starts this season) unavailable due to a concussion, it looks like the Texans will again rely on T.J. Yates, who is 1-0 in starts this season. Over three games in 2015, Yates has completed under 50% of his passes, but has three touchdowns and zero interceptions.
The Colts may also be relying on their new third-string quarterback, Charlie Whitehurst. Andrew Luck will not be playing in this week’s game, and Matt Hasselbeck may or may not be able to play due to a rib injury.
While Whitehurst only has a 2-7 career record as a starter, he actually has helped a struggling team sneak into the playoffs in the closing weeks of the season. As a member of the 2010 Seahawks, Whitehurst led Seattle to a 16-6 victory over the St. Louis Rams in Week 17. That victory allowed the Seahawks to enter the playoffs, and a week after Whitehurst’s win, Marshawn Lynch delivered one of the best plays in the history of the NFL as the Seahawks beat the New Orleans Saints.