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Houston can finally cross the whole 'never beat New York' and 'never won a prime-time game on the road' off the never done list.
It was not the game anyone expected. Desperation can make a team do crazy things and the New York Jets gave the Houston Texans all they could handle with Tim Tebow Wildcat packages, Antonio Cromartie on offense, fake punts, and onside kicks. Despite all the Jets did, Houston hung in tough and slugged back with big efforts from Arian Foster and J.J. Watt to win 23-17 and remain the AFC's only undefeated team at 5-0.
Foster carried the ball 29 times for 152 yards and a touchdown to lead the offense. Many are concerned about Foster's workload, but the Texans needed every one of those 29 carries. Foster, in his 40th game, also became the third-fastest man in NFL history to surpass 5,000 yards from scrimmage. Only Edgerrin James (36) and Eric Dickerson (39) were faster than The Master of the Namaste.
Minus Foster, the Texans offense struggled after their opening touchdown drive, a 34-yard pass from Matt Schaub to Owen Daniels. The New York defense was salty and locked down Houston for most of the night. Tonight's 23 points scored were a season-low for the Texans. The special teams unit allowed a touchdown and continue to heat the seat under Joe Marciano but, fortunately, the defense can hold their own now.
Brice McCain had a sack and interception and Kareem Jackson also had his career-high third interception, but we all want to talk about J.J. Watt. Watt's batted pass led to McCain's interception which kept New York from tying the game at half time. Watt also had another sack to give him an NFL-best 8.5 on the season. Justin James Watt's third tipped pass of the game, his eighth on the season, would end Monday Night's match-up and move Houston to its first 5-0 start in franchise history.
Atlanta struggled with Carolina and Washington the past two weeks. Baltimore beat a lowly Kansas City team 9-6 on Sunday. Good teams win ugly games. Good teams find a way to win. Your 5-0 Houston Texans are a good team, despite the flaws that need fixing.
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