The Texans did today what good teams are supposed to do. They dominated a inferior opponent leaving no doubt, by halftime, that things were going to end well.
It never seemed as close as the 30-12 final score and the feeling of being in control in the second half was new and refreshing.
It’s been a long time coming.
The Texans are now 6-3 and will remain in sole possession of first place in the AFC South for at least another week. This is the first time in team history the Texans have been three games over .500.
Those milestones seem a bit more trivial every week as the team took one more step toward their goal of winning the AFC South for the first time.
A few random notes from the game today:
- The pre-game and halftime show was fabulous as it always is on military apprectiation day. A big, beautiful bald eagle flew freely inside the stadium as the national anthem was sung, landing on a handlers arm with perfect timing as the singer hit the last note. President Bush 41 was on the field for the coin toss. He’s not getting around well these days and was riding in a golf cart. Bush posed for pictures with Texans owner Bob McNair and the bald eagle on the sideline after the coin toss.
- Members of each branch of the military rappelled down from the roof of Reliant after the halftime show where the USMC Silent Drill Team entertained the crowd.
- The Army Rangers parachute team was supposed to parachute into the stadium during pregame ceremonies but the low cloud deck and high winds prevented that.
- In terms of the game, what can you say? The Texans defense held an opponent to under 200 yards and 14 points for the third week in a row.
- The Texans improved their conference record to 6-2
- Of course you know by now that Arian Foster and Ben Tate both went over 100 yards. Foster had 124 and a TD and Tate had 115 and a TD. If you get a chance, re-watch Tate’s TD run and check out Jacoby Jones’ block at the end of the run. Classic.
- Foster now has 24 rushing TDs for the Texans, a new franchise record breaking Domanick (Davis) Williams’ old mark of 23.
- The Texans held the Browns to 44 yards rushing and held Colt McCoy to 146 passing. The Texans sacked McCoy four times (Brooks Reed had two) and hurried him eight times. McCoy was harrassed all day and hit hard on many occasions, especially on a long desperation throw to Greg Little when Reed planted McCoy after the throw.
- Matt Schaub’s stat line was terrible but it didn’t matter today as his backs were rushing for 261 yards. Schaub had his first interception since Week 5 today on a tipped ball. Texans wide receivers were targeted only five times today.
- The Texans had only two penalties for 15 yards on the day.
- Neil Rackers was 3-3 on field goals.
- The Texans won time of possession 35:15 to 24:45
- The Texans strategy to kick away from Joshua Cribbs was a good idea after Cribbs returned consecutive kickoffs for 31 and 63 yards.
- Brian Cushing was his usual maniac self, as was Brooks Reed who is really starting to come into his own rushing the passer and on run defense.
- Odd jerseys spotted in the crowd: several UT people wearing Browns 12 jerseys and Longhorns ball caps (predictable and a bit humorous at the same time), several old-school Earl Campbell 34’s, a Moon #1, a Jason Taylor Dolphins jersey and a Chris Johnson 28.
- Tweet of the Day after Gary Kubiak won his first challenge this year (or ever) was by Matt Thomas from 790 a.m: @SportsMT on Twitter “People in press box are hugging each other. Tears are being shed #GaryWonOne”
Come on Bengals. You can do it.