The Houston Texans took over the game against the Green Bay Packers in the first quarter.
For the first preseason game of the year, the Houston Texans performed well above expectations against the NFC runners-up Packers. After the Packers had fooled the Texans on a screen pass from QB Jordan Love to RB Kylin Hill for 22 yards, it took some time until the Texans got the ball back.
After stopping the Packers on a 4th and 2, Davis Mills hit the rookie wide receiver, Nico Collins, for a 24 yard gain. That set up the turning point of the game, a five-yard dash from running back Scottie Phillips which put the Texans up for good.
From that point on, the Texans would go on to score 23 unanswered points, and they never relinquished the lead. Kai’imi Fairbairn chipped in four field goals, and the defense forced 3 turnovers. Two fumbles were forced by Jaleel Johnson and Tremon Smith had the team’s lone interception of the game.
What a surprise performance from the Houston Texans
This was above and beyond what anyone expected tonight. Preseason is always random, and games can often be less-than-exciting due to the young players fighting for a spot and not knowing the playbook. There wasn’t too much of that tonight, and these young guys deserve to celebrate for tonight.
Phillips’ touchdown opened everything up, and the confidence of the Texans skyrocketed at that point. Mils was more relaxed, and the defense started to play reactionary football instead of overthinking – something that rookies and young players tend to do.
Enjoy this win for the next 24 hours, and that goes to the entire team and Texans fans. The team has a long way to go, but as long as progress can continue to happen, then there might be something happening here in Houston.