This game was not supposed to turn out this way. It was not supposed to be this big of a win and it most assuredly was not supposed to be the Houston Texans who came out on top.
Just when fans had begun to write off yet another season the Texans staged a miracle. Somehow the Texans dug way down deep and came up with the intestinal fortitude necessary to pull off a huge win. Not only a huge win, but a win that, for all accounts, was a blowout victory over a division rival.
Whether you were listening to or watching this game you could tell that the Texans had something special going on today.
Arian Foster turned on his version of “beast mode” today – accumulating 115 rushing yards, 119 receiving yards, two rushing TDs and a receiving TD. His highlight play of the game was when he snuck out of the backfield and was found wide open by QB Matt Schaub for his 78-yard touchdown.
Ben Tate helped out by adding another 104 rushing yards as the Tennessee Titans struggled to put together anything that resembled a rush defense.
Texans QB Matt Schaub also looked good today as he completed 18/23 passes (78%) for 296 yards and two TDs. The offensive line held together extremely well today and kept Schaub upright all day, allowing no sacks for the ninth ranked defense in the league.
However, the Texans offense does not get all of the credit today as the defense played a lights-out game as well. Titans QB Matt Hasselbeck was limited to 104 passing yards but he was also picked off twice. He did manage to throw one touchdown, late in the third quarter, to TE Jared Cook but that was the extent of his big plays for the day.
The Texans defense was led by ILB Brian Cushing who had five tackles and an assist on the day. Adding to the defensive stats were OLB Brooks Reed (four tackles and a sack), CB Johnathan Joseph (three tackles and a forced fumble), Brice McCain (three tackles and a pick-six interception), J.J. Watt (three tackles and a sack), and S Danieal Manning (interception).
Altogether, the Texans defense played like a top 10 defense should – if not better. They limited the passing game and still managed to limit RB Chris Johnson to a total of 18 yards. In fact, the Texans defense only allowed 53 total yards of rushing in this game.
I could go on and on about how great the team played today (like mentioning how they accumulated over 500 total yards for only the third time in franchise history) but I will let the score speak for itself. The Texans dominated the Titans in all aspects of this game and deserve the victory and the final score of 41-7.
Just for an added bonus I will throw in the great special teams play by K Neil Rackers. Rackers has been a kicker that is not afraid to get dirty and today – well, you will see…enjoy!