Texans defense shows progress in win over Colts

HOUSTON The Texans' defense mostly had its way with Indianapolis and continued its progress from last season in a 34-24 victory on Sunday. The Colts converted only two third downs and mustered 10 points through three quarters. It was a rare off day for them against Houston, a team they had beaten in 15 of the 16 previous meetings.

The Texans (1-0) play at Washington (1-0) this week. Houston is riding a five-game winning streak dating to last season, and the improvement of the defense is a big reason why.

Safety Bernard Pollard says the Texans' defense wanted to make a statement in the opener. Defensive end Mario Williams says the key for Houston now is consistently playing at that level every week.

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