Colts rout Texans 31-0
Monday, December 6, 2021

(HOUSTON) – Darius Leonard and the Indianapolis Colts defense had one goal entering Sunday's game against the Houston Texans: shut them out. The star linebacker helped the Colts accomplish that, leading a defense that forced two turnovers in a 31-0 victory. It is the first time Indy has held a team scoreless since beating Dallas 23-0 on Dec. 16, 2018, and the team's first shutout on the road since a 6-0 victory at New England in 1992. Jonathan Taylor ran for 143 yards and two touchdowns to lead Indy's offense in the rout. The Texans turned the ball over twice in the first quarter and quarterback Tyrod Taylor was benched in the third quarter as Houston (2-10) lost for the ninth time in 10 games. Jonathan Taylor, who leads the NFL in yards rushing, has 16 rushing touchdowns this season, which ties the franchise record set by Lenny Moore in 1964. It's the 10th consecutive game in which he's ran for a touchdown, the longest streak in the NFL since LaDainian Tomlinson did it in 18 straight in the 2004 and 2005 seasons. Carson Wentz threw for 158 yards and a touchdown for the Colts (7-6) before being replaced by Sam Ehlinger with five minutes left in the fourth quarter and the game long decided. Tyrod Taylor was evaluated for an injury after Houston's first possession of the third quarter, but the team said he was available to play, and it was a coaching decision to insert backup Davis Mills in his place. He was 5 for 13 for 45 yards before being replaced.