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Texans Exploded Out of the Gate (And Make It Look Routine)

Posted by Nick Scurfield on September 18, 2012 – 8:53 am

Postgame commentary from “Voice of the Texans” Marc Vandermeer, the team’s play-by-play caller and director of radio broadcasting:

Back-to-back 20-point wins to start the season and they haven’t even hit their stride! The Texans methodically beat down Jacksonville in their third straight lopsided road win with Matt Schaub at the helm (Tampa Bay and Tennessee in 2011).

The passing game was mostly short stuff. The running game presented a steady erosion of Jacksonville’s front on its way to a 200-plus yard day that saw Arian Foster become the franchise’s all-time leading rusher.

J.J. Watt kept his fast start to a Pro Bowl campaign going with a sack and a half and two more batted passes. He joked after the game that he hopes to not be available for the Pro Bowl (considering Super Bowl participants don’t go). The Houston defense has allowed 17 points in two outings. They’ve been dominant in two games, but the going will be tougher in the coming weeks as the quarterbacks will get better.

There is no frame of reference for a start this good. Sure, the Texans have been 2-0 three times before, but never with this kind of confidence. The 2-0 start in ’07 was tempered by the news that Andre Johnson would be out for a while. That team slipped to 3-3. Two years ago, it took a wild win in O.T. against Washington to do it, and the defense would collapse as the team finished 6-10. Last year’s start was good but we really had no idea had good the defense could be.

Now, you know that there are even better days ahead on offense with the passing game having not really ignited yet. And the defense will be charged up to face quarterbacks like Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady. How well they stack up against the best offenses in the league certainly remains to be seen. But we do know that this team has the capacity to play even better. And we’re looking forward to it.


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