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Colts have mastered art of onside kick

HOUSTON -- Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee was at the center of attention after yet another game.

He was so much of a focal point that he stood by his locker still half undressed answering questions.

That’s how anxious the media was to talk to McAfee.

McAfee completed his third onside kick in just six games this season, and the one that happened in Thursday’s victory over the Houston Texans may have been his best one.

With the Colts leading 3-0 in the first quarter, McAfee attempted the onside kick up the middle of the field and followed the ball waiting for it to go 10 yards before falling on it. McAfee turned his back to the Texans, blocking out like a basketball player so he could get the ball.

“We kind of knew, we thought that the middle might open up because we hit a surprise onside to the right so teams are kind of fearing it,” McAfee said. “We spread out our kick off team to see what they would give us. We thought the middle was going to be wide open. There was kind of a check with me to see what was going to happen. As soon as we saw it was open after the first one, we knew we had it and it was my job not to mess it up.”

McAfee also didn’t want to mess it up because he didn’t want to end up on ESPN’s SportCenter's “Not Top 10” segment.

“We practice that stuff all the time,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said.

Texans coach Bill O’Brien wasn’t thrilled about his team’s inability to be prepared for the kick.

“That’s terrible,” he said. “We can’t allow that to happen.”

The Colts have recovered three onside kicks this season. No other team in the NFL has recovered one this season.