The Texans picked up one of their best wins of the season. They beat a playoff caliber team while starting a third string quarterback, grinding out a 17-10 victory over Atlanta.
They moved to 9-3, their best record ever. They kept a two-game lead in the AFC South.
But as with every win, there was another loss.
Andre Johnson limped off the field again. It would not be a stretch to say his season is over. We’ll have to see.
Brian Cushing was out for part of the game. Jason Allen took a shot late and got hurt. Even the punter was injured.
How many blows can the Texans take? No Mario Williams. No Matt Schaub. No Matt Leinart. Now, likely no Andre Johnson.
But this team is resilient. It just keeps finding ways. The defense was terrific when it counted. The offense did just enough.
T.J. Yates should only get better. He was efficient, made a few big plays, and for the most part protected the ball. He had one fumble, which by some ridiculous decision was not overturned on replay. It was clearly a forward pass. But the refs made up for it later when Yates threw a terrible interception and a very shaky defensive holding call on Dunta Robinson negated it.
The Falcons are a damned good football team. They were out of sync at times. Matt Ryan missed open receivers early; his receivers dropped key passes during the game.
But the Texans did what good teams do — grinded out a tough win.
It’s hard to say how good they are, especially without Johnson. But they just keep showing us they can win football games.
The best record the Texans have ever had is 9-7. Today they stand 9-3. And rest assured, more wins are out there.
This Texans team is special. It is legit. You just have to hope the injuries do not become too much to overcome.
It was another good win. And another bad loss.
With this team, both have become commonplace.