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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