Sep 15, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans inside linebacker Brian Cushing (56) celebrates stopping a run on the one-yard line against the Tennessee Titans during the second half at Reliant Stadium. The Texans won 30-24. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports
In the NFL gaining two wins, no matter how pretty, ugly or bland they may be is the ultimate goal of any of the 32 teams, and after two weeks though the Houston Texans are 2-0 to start the season, just how good are the leaders of the AFC South?
One thing about the Texans is they can overcome adversity, and not just overcome it, but overcome adversity and win football games.
Last week, the Texans overcame a 20-plus point deficit at San Diego, and Sunday they overcame their own mistakes, plus fended off a Tennessee Titans team that just wouldn’t quit, for a 30-24 overtime win. Not to mention the Texans overcame the Titans’ defense with Andre Johnson injured on the sideline.
Still with what we all watched in Week 2, where do you feel the Texans are at so far in ’13?
They lead the AFC south at 2-0, followed by the Indianapolis Colts and Titans at 1-1. The Jacksonville Jaguars are 0-2 and probably won’t be a factor in the division tittle race as the season progresses.
In the quarterback comparisons Matt Schaub won that battle over Titans quarterback Jake Locker. Schaub finished 24-of-48 for 298 yards, with three touchdowns and two interceptions. Locker was 17-of-30 for 148 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions.
Sep 15, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub (8) passes against the Tennessee Titans during the first half at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports
Schaub, though he threw the two interceptions, came up huge when the Texans needed him the most. It wasn’t just Schaub, but rookie wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins connected twice in the overtime period, including the game-winning touchdown to send the Texans to their second win.
Hopkins finished with seven receptions for 117 yards, an average of 16.7 yards per catch and the one touchdown.
With this combination of Schaub-to-Hopkins, Andre Johnson, Garrett Graham or Owen Daniels this offense still could be one of the best in the NFL.
The offense totaled 452 yards on 78 plays. The Texans’ defense held the Titans to 248 yards of offense, and they improved on what they allowed passing to 129 yards this week. The Titans rushed for 119 yards on 33 attempts. Houston was led in rushing by Ben Tate with 93 yards on nine carries. Arian Foster totaled 79 yards on 19 rushes in the two-back system the Texans are currently using.
Another plus for Houston was their penalty yardage as they were just penalized just four times for 40 yards.
There are still a couple slight problems for the Texans … one is they just haven’t been able to put either the Chargers or Titans away before the the final play of the game.
Sure winning is great, but isn’t it important how a team wins as well? I think so, because eventually the “luck” will run out, and the Texans must be able to get a lead and keep it to be able to put a team away.
Either way I’m impressed with how the Texans have been able to win while trailing in the second half, but how different would have overtime have been if they didn’t win the OT coin toss? Just a thought. I’m always thinking.
Of all that happened, good or bad Sunday, what worries me the most is kicker Randy Bullock. Last week’s hero is this weeks goat as he was 0-for-3 on field goal attempts, having a chance to win the game at the end of regulation for the second consecutive week, but missing it a tad too far right.
If he would have just made one of those kicks the game probably wouldn’t have went into overtime, or needed to go that far, but the same could be said about the either of Schaub’s interceptions. I hope this most recent performance doesn’t affect Bullock next Sunday.
It wasn’t Bullock’s fault the Texans had to scrape for another victory (at least not all his fault, some, not all), but the inconsistencies in the kicking game need to be brought up and looked at for Week 3 and beyond.
Overall, I like what I’ve seen from the Texans from the first two weeks. Has the winning been pretty? Not some much. Sure, there have been some beautiful moments, but the team is still a work in progress, but that could be said about all 32 teams thus far.
Maybe I’m expecting more from the Texans this season, but expectations are high when your team has the abilities to compete for a championship.
On to Week 3 we go.