Texans take on the Colts
Sep 28, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) looks for an open receiver during the second quarter against the Buffalo Bills at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
The Texans take on the Colts tonight, and it’s the first inter-divisional game for the Texans but the third for the Colts who currently have a 2-0 AFC South record having bested the Jaguars and Titans already this season. For the Texans, this game is a check point. Beat the Colts, at home after losing to Dallas four days ago in overtime and prove they deserve to be in the mix for the post season. The Texans have a lot of banged up players. After tonight the Texans don’t play again until they meet the Steelers for a Monday Night Football match up.
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The Texans have acknowledged the lack of offense. When asked about it Head Coach Bill O’Brien “I think, you know what, I think one of the things that is really important, it sounds trivial, on offense we’ve got to get the first down within the drive. We have to get the first first down.” Yes coach, the first down is important. One thing that drove Texans fans crazy under the previous regime was chasing the sticks. Kubiaks offense was all about getting to 3rd and short. Sadly, that seems to still be the case as O’Brien went on to explain: “If we can do a good job on first and second down and get it to where it’s third and five or less, then our percentages of converting that third down will go up and then we can get into more of a rhythm type of offense.” Philosophically, this makes sense, but where’s the attack? Where’s the excitement in short ball? Where’s the threat the defense has to fear? That I think more then anything is what the Texans have been lacking this year.
Obviously I love the tight end position. – Bill O’Brien
I think the biggest problem for the Texans is the team isn’t using all the weapons on hand. It’s run, run, run throw to Andre or DeAndre and then more run. That’s not getting the the flow going. Teams are game planning for that. Where are the shots down the field? Yes, the long pass to Hopkins on paper says 76 yards, but that was more blown coverage then an actual attempted deep pass. But more then that, the tight end’s have been absent from the offense. O’Brien is going to get them in the game more “I think we’ve got to try and get it to them more. No question about it. Obviously I love the tight end position.”
So what to expect from your Texans tonight? Look for more variation in the offense. More use of Garret Graham, CJ Fiedorowicz and Ryan Griffen to keep the defense off balance and more of a mix o run and pass. I don’t think we’ll see Fitzpatrick come out and run an entire series in a 5 wide formation like we saw against Dallas. That was an experiment that failed. The Texans are going to all out to get the offense on track. At home, against the Colts on a short week in front of the nation… not the ideal position to be but one that could very well bring out the best in this team.
Tonight the game kicks off at 7:25PM CST, it will be carried on CBS/NFL so check your local listing and get ready to watch the battle for the AFC South to commence. We’re having my Texan Night Nachos, make sure to have your favorite game day dish ready to go!
Texan Night Nachos:
1LB Ground Beef
1 Can of Green and Red Chili w/Garlic
1 Packet of Taco seasoning (I use Old El Paso)
1 Can Refried Beans
1 small white Onion
Cheddar Cheese, shredded
Brown the beef, add the taco seasoning, no water then pour the can of Chilis on the meat. Let it simmer down.
Recommend cooking down two slices of bacon in a pot, remove and add the beans to the rendered fat. Let the bacon cool and then crumble into the beans.
Serve over chips or mix it up as a dip. Bring your favorite Nacho toppins and lots of hungry fans!
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