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Running with the Bulls

Posted by Nick Scurfield on September 13, 2010 – 2:44 pm

Postgame thoughts from Texans play-by-play voice Marc Vandermeer of SportsRadio 610 AM:

This time the 17-point lead was enough. There would be no Rosencopter redux like two years ago or three-score meltdown like last year. The Texans held leads of 13-0 and 27-10 and ended up victorious by 10 over the Colts.

Funny what a victory like that will do for you. Food tastes better, music sounds better. There’s a spring in the step of so many Houstonians I see. The Texans slapped the Colts 34-24 in a win that could be the start of something special.

The day didn’t go as planned. With Matt Schaub throwing just five second half passes and Andre Johnson bumming out his fantasy owners with only three catches, Arian Foster and the Texans ran wild to the delight of Gary Kubiak.

So much for Air Kubiak, make way for Ground Gary. This is what Kubiak had in mind when he took over the Texans over four years ago. He wanted a pounding ground game to pave the way for bootlegs and play action.

But Kubiak told me Friday he wasn’t necessarily fond of ‘formula football.’ He knew a solid running game would keep Peyton Manning on the sideline but he also knew the game could be a shootout that might have to be won on the arm of Schaub.

What he got was a bulldozing offensive line and a ‘Star is Born’ type of afternoon out of Foster. The pass rush rocked Manning enough to force some key third-down misses and get the ball back in the hands of the offense.

It wasn’t flawless, but it was quite a statement against a team that has had the Texans’ number. The players weren’t having it, though. To a man, they gave the ‘it’s just one win’ speech. That’s a good sign that they won’t take things for granted as they head to Washington.

The joy is in the journey. Let’s savor this one and let the next few weeks play out as we find out just how special this team might be.

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3 Responses to “Running with the Bulls”

  1. By Badassitude on Sep 14, 2010 | Reply

    Arian Foster was exceptional. The BadaSSitude Blog is running a poll for their Pro Football player of the week. Arian Foster is up against Michael Vick, Chris Johnson and Wes Welker. It will be interesting to see who the fans vote for to win. The poll is at http://is.gd/f9Bjs. It will be an interesting 24 hour period of voting.

  2. By Deborah on Sep 14, 2010 | Reply

    I don’t know about the rest of Houston, but it’s headed into Tuesday night and I’m still on cloud 9. I seriously think if we can pull off a road win in Washington, we’ll start this year 4-0. Go Texans!!

  3. By Alvin on Sep 16, 2010 | Reply

    This game reminded me of the Monday Night game when Earl Campbell let the whole nation know about ” Luv Ya Blue” . That was a changing moment in The Oilers just as this victory was a changing moment in The Texans. How we fans disrupted Manning and made us feel like we were actually a part of the team. The 12th man so to speak.Now we fans in Houston have reason to hope and believe in our home team. We always knew they were good but seemed to let us down. Well they have won the hearts of football fans in Houston and I’m at the front of the line. If they play the rest of the season with half the intensity that they brought last Sunday we are in for one hell of a ride. Hold on to your hats. This will be one bullride you’ll never forget. You will always remember where you were 09/12/2010. The day The Texans became winners.

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