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Third-quarter notes: Texans 10, Bears 6

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 11, 2012 – 10:02 pm

CHICAGO — Courtesy of the Texans’ public relations staff, notes from the third quarter at Soldier Field, where the Texans lead the Chicago Bears 10-6:


·         Led at the end of the third quarter for the eighth time this season.


·         Boomed a 59-yard punt in the third quarter. Jones has now had at least one punt of 55 yards or longer in four consecutive games.

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Texans-Redskins ranks 18th on NFL.com list

Posted by Nick Scurfield on May 18, 2011 – 9:02 am

NFL.com is counting down the 20 most memorable games of the 2010 season. No. 18 on their list is the Texans’ 30-27 overtime victory at Washington in Week 2.

The Texans overcame a 17-point third-quarter deficit in the game behind 497 passing yards from Matt Schaub. They tied it at 27 late in the fourth quarter on a 34-yard, fourth-down touchdown pass from Schaub to Andre Johnson. The victory moved the Texans’ record to 2-0 and sent the Redskins to 1-1.

From NFL Network research analyst Elliot Harrison, who ranked the top 20 after watching all 267 games from last season:

“This interconference meeting was an offensive explosion of the highest order. And any time you have a game in which one guy can take over, or a tandem — like Schaub and Johnson — it adds to the experience. Especially with a guy like Johnson, who is one of the most dominant players in the NFL.

“Despite the fact neither would be a playoff team, all of the deep balls and the crowd going crazy for four hours made this an easy inclusion into our top 20.”

What do you think, Texans fans: Too high, too low or just right? What other Texans games do you expect to see in the top 20?

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Link roundup: Week 2 Texans-Redskins

Posted by Nick Scurfield on September 20, 2010 – 1:29 pm

In case you missed it, here’s our coverage from the Texans’ 30-27 overtime Week 2 victory over the Washington Redskins:

Links from around the web:

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Texans Win Another Storybook Game

Posted by Nick Scurfield on September 20, 2010 – 9:15 am

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

You’ll remember this one for a long time. The Texans rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat Washington in another epic game that ended with Houston winning for the first time in overtime, 30-27.

There were so many highs and lows, but what the Texans are learning is that the good teams find a way to win no matter what the numbers are on the stat sheet or the scoreboard.

Houston had trouble protecting Matt Schaub, who was sacked five times and hit often on his way to a record-setting afternoon. But Schaub found a way to make the big plays when it mattered. Of course, it helps when you have a weapon like Andre Johnson, who went to the locker room with an injury but returned to catch a 34-yard game-tying touchdown pass on fourth and 10.

And let’s not forget Bernard Pollard, who made some big defensive plays like tackling Santana Moss on an end around, and blocked a field goal that might have put the game out of reach had it gone in.

Jeff Van Gundy once said you cannot ignore in victory what you would not in defeat. Clearly, the Texans need to work on their pass defense, which has been carved up by Peyton Manning and Donovan McNabb for over 400 yards each in the first two games. On the bright side, the pass rush has been productive enough to help Houston off the field at the key moments as Mario Williams has racked up four sacks in two games.

Now, Dallas. The Cowboys are desperate and, you would think, better than their 0-2 record. They moved the ball well on Washington, but that might not be saying much. The Reliant Stadium atmosphere might make the Colts game seem like a preseason affair. It’s only once every eight years that the home fans get to entertain Dallas, and they’ll make the most of it. The players should follow suit.

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First quarter game notes

Posted by drewdougherty on September 19, 2010 – 3:53 pm

Today’s game captain for the Texans was LB Zac Diles. He joined season-long captains LB Kevin Bentley, WR Andre Johnson, LB DeMeco Ryans, QB Matt Schaub  and DE Mario Williams at midfield for the coin toss prior to kickoff.

·         The Redskins won the toss and elected to receive.

·         LB Xavier Adibi made his first start of the season at SLB.  It was his sixth career start and his first since 12/14/07 vs. Tennessee.

·         LB David Nixon made his Texans debut as a member of the kickoff coverage, kickoff return, punt return and punt coverage units.

·         WR Kevin Walter topped the 2,500-yard mark for his career with his first reception of the game, a 24-yarder.  He entered the game with 2,499 career receiving yards.

·         WR Andre Johnson surpassed 8,000 career receiving yards with a 14-yard catch in the first quarter.  It was his second reception of the game.  He entered the game with 7,981 career yards.

·         Johnson became the 76th player in NFL history to reach 8,000 career receiving yards.

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