Aug 16, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Tom Savage (3) attempts a pass during the second quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
A down and dirty quick recap of tonight’s action from Denver. It was a mixed bag for your Texans tonight with the high point being special teams play and the low point was Case Keenum looking like late season Case from last season. Throw in the way the defense completely failed to stop Peyton Manning in the last two minutes of the first half and you have a recipe for a loss. What was looking like a good control game turned into a mess as Manning carved up the secondary. Up until the two minute warning the game was in the Texans hands, past that well was not a pretty sight. The final score of 18-17 could have been much worse for Houston had Manning returned after the half. However, the Texans pulled out the win in the last four minutes of the game putting together an impressive drive capped off with a two point conversion.
Andre Johnson and Brian Cushing on the field, in pads making plays and leading the team. It was good to see those guys out there. Here’s a name for you to put on your watch list; Ricardo Mathews. He’s a fifth year player who left the Colts at the end of last year and came to Houston in free agency. He made some excellent plays on defense. Here’s a guy that could make a case for playing a lot during the upcoming season. Tom Savage to Travis Labhart for the go ahead two point conversion to win the game. I’m not sure I’m happier for, Savage or Labhart. Give this win to Savage for an excellent drive late in the fourth quarter.
AJ Bouye, picked off Peyton Manning. It was a pretty thing to behold, he peeled off coverage and just snaked that pass right out of the air. Here’s a scary if in a good way thought, the Texans have a special teams unit that appears to be legit so far this preseason. DJ Swearinger drawing a taunting call on Manning at the end of the first half. I’m sorry, but that was just classic. (Yeah I know, wasn’t really good for the Texans but, hey how many people can get under Manning’s skin like that?)
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Case Keenum. He looked out of sorts tonight. Not a good thing at all. Bad decisions, poor passes and not seeing an unblocked rush isn’t what anyone wants to see. While Fitzpatrick got a way with a number of near interceptions he had a lot more poise in the pocket and looked ready. Sadly, Case did not at all. DJ Swearinger with a high shoulder on a defenseless Wes Welker. This play got Manning angry and lead to the previously mentioned taunting call.
The secondary facing Peyton Manning running the two minute drill. They gave up not just one, but two touchdowns after Fitzpatrick failed to get the offense going this week in the Texans chance to score or at the least keep Manning off the field.
However, for what it’s worth your Houston Texans are 2-1 in the preseason. Hey the Texans have matched their winning total from last season. We’ll take the wins. Let’s hope this rolls into the regular season as well!
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