by Marc Vandermeer
The Capital One Bank Countdown to Kickoff guys asked me before the game about whether the fans, and maybe the team, might be taking this one for granted. I replied that there’s certainly one thing you can take for granted: this team is real good. They can take for granted that they are super talented. That they have more firepower than most people they will play is a given.
But you can never take performance for granted. They know they have to execute with precision to put together the type of wins they want. The day started superbly with a long drive that ended with a touchdown pass to James Casey. Shortly after Glover Quin knocked Jake Locker out of the game on a violent sack, the Texans drove 47 yards for their second touchdown, an Arian Foster run, and looked in great shape.
But things tightened up. Andre Ware and I were both not thrilled to see Matt Hasselbeck in the game. The veteran got his squad going and cut the lead to 14-7 after a TD pass to Craig Stevens.
Then Danieal Manning and the Bulls on Parade got the team going in the fourth quarter as Manning had a 55 yard ‘pick 6′ and Kareem Jackson would ultimately cap the scoring with an interception returned for a TD himself.
The defense did give up a hundred and a half on the ground. And the offense didn’t run for the century mark but it hardly seemed to matter. The Texans turned an uneasy third quarter into easy street in short order.
Now it’s time to play a Jets team that looked awful against San Francisco. But the Jets aren’t bad as they looked Sunday, right? They gave up 245 rushing yards but over 100 came from the QBs and the wide receivers. The Texans have never beaten the Jets but that’s about to change as long as the Texans perform the way they’re supposed to.
Houston is seeing it’s only 4-0 NFL or AFL team and first overall since Jim Kelly and the Gamblers started 1985 at 5-0 in the USFL. Enjoy this. It’s a special time and you are right in the middle of it.
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