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Week 6 Thursday Night Football open thread: Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans

It's winner takes all tonight, as the two teams at the top of the AFC South clash to see which takes a clear lead in the division.

Scott Halleran

It's week 6 of the 2014 NFL season, it's Thursday, and you know what that means?  If recent history is anything to go by, it's going to be one team blowing the other out of the water in an embarrassingly one-sided game on Thursday Night Football.  The home team has won four of the five Thursday Night games so far this season.  A foregone conclusion?

Perhaps not.  The 3-2 Indianapolis Colts are coming in to this game off the back of a 20-13 win over the Baltimore Ravens, and have won nine straight Thursday night games, seven of which have been on the road.  Andrew Luck is leading the NFL in passing yards and maybe - just maybe - offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton will stop taking the ball out of the hands of his best player as he continues to try to force a running game in which Trent Richardson (3.4 yards/attempt) has out-touched Ahmad Bradshaw (5.0 yards/attempt) 70-49 .

The 3-2 Houston Texans lost to the Dallas Cowboys 17-20 in overtime on Sunday, despite Arian Foster racking up 157 yards and two TDs on the ground.  Fun fact: Former Bear Danieal Manning is a backup for the team, and is also used in kick return roles.

With the Tennessee Titans at 1-4 and the hapless London Jacksonville Jaguars at 0-5, the team that wins tonight will be in sole possession of the AFC South.  Neither team plays the NFC North this season; it might actually be a good contest for the neutral viewer, fingers crossed.

And, as Steven Schweickert would remind you: Open Thread Responsibly (Tm).