The Colts got their third straight National Football League win and handed a division rival, the Houston Texans, their ninth straight loss in Indianapolis.
The Colts, coming off a bye week, won 30-17 at Lucas Oil Stadium to avenge a 34-24 Week 1 loss to the Texans and move atop the American Football Conference South Division.
Indianapolis took the lead on its second possession, midway through the first quarter, when quarterback Peyton Manning completed a seven-play, 78-yard drive with a 2-yard scoring pass that gave Jacob Tamme his first NFL touchdown.
“It was good to get this win against a good team, a team playing with a lot of momentum, but certainly we can improve on certain aspects of our game,” Manning said in a televised interview.
It became 14-0 nine seconds into the second quarter when Kelvin Hayden intercepted a pass by Houston quarterback Matt Schaub and returned it 25 yards for Indianapolis’s first defensive touchdown in 26 regular-season games.
Manning found Reggie Wayne with a 15-yard scoring pass early in the third quarter to give Indianapolis a 24-3 lead. The Texans responded when Andre Johnson caught a 28-yard scoring pass from Schaub.
Adam Vinatieri kicked the second of his three field goals for the Colts to make it 27-10 before Arian Foster closed the deficit to 10 points with 12:26 to play on a 6-yard scoring run. Foster scored three touchdowns and ran for 231 yards Sept. 12 in the Texans’ win against the Colts.
With a 5-2 record, the Colts lead the AFC South over Tennessee (5-3) and Houston (4-3). Jacksonville is last in the division with a 4-4 mark.