Both Jacoby Brissett and Deshaun Watson have managed to outduel reigning NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes in consecutive weeks — on his home turf no less.
Now it’s time for the young quarterbacks to face off against each other for the first time since Brissett took over as the Indianapolis Colts’ starting quarterback with Andrew Luck’s retirement.
And the top of the AFC South is on the line for the winner.
Brissett and the Colts (3-2) are coming off a bye after handing the Chiefs their first loss this season on Oct. 7. Watson led the Houston Texans to a 31-24 win last weekend, and the defending AFC South champs head to Indianapolis on Sunday with a chance for a little payback of the wild-card game they lost to the Colts last January when Luck was at quarterback.
“We’ve just got to keep it going,” Houston coach Bill O’Brien said. “We just had a really good win against a good team, but we’re 4-2 and 4-2 gets you nowhere.”
The Colts will have linebacker Darius Leonard back after missing three games being in the concussion protocol, and the Texans are expected to be without rookie right tackle Tytus Howard because of an injured knee that knocked him out of the Chiefs’ game.
“When Deshaun Watson gets in the open field, Darius can make it interesting and not many guys can,” Colts coach Frank Reich said. “So you need guys like Darius that can make it interesting.
The Texans are ranked No. 6 in the AP Pro32, while the Colts are 12th. The Colts are healthier and rested in a pick ’em game so …
KNOCKOUT POOL: This is something Bills Mafia can really celebrate with BUFFALO getting this week’s chance at keeping Miami winless.