It's a beautiful day
Peyton falls, you feel like
It's a beautiful day
J.J. didn't let him get away
Okay, maybe that is not how Bono wrote the song, but it aptly describes how I feel today when I think about the Houston Texans. Let me correct that - our undefeated, American Football Conference leading Houston Texans.
I have to say, despite the thorough domination they demonstrated through three-plus quarters, I had a moment of fear creep in. I would be lying if I did not say that tinge of fear did not creep in when Peyton Manning was mounting a furious comeback. We have all seen it happen before. That legendary blue 18 leading a comeback as we finally thought we had slain the beast. Even though he is not the same 18, I still hold him in high regard...especially when it comes to ruining my Sundays.
It did not happen, though. There was not another miraculous Manning comeback. These tough Texans dug deep and did just enough in the fourth quarter to remain undefeated on the 2012 season.
And with that 3-0 smile, I happily and joyously bring you Week 3's Get On/Off A Texan. Jump with me, will you?
Get On...the feeling that this season is something special for Houston fans.
3-0 for the first time in franchise history. That 3-0 looks a bit less weak than previously thought, too.
Miami? They walloped Oakland, who beat Pittsburgh, and hung tough with a media darling in New York. Jacksonville? They beat the Golden Child and lost in overtime to Minnesota, who just went out and beat the best team in the NFL (after two weeks). Houston made it seem as if they were not in the same league.
Now, those Texans went into a rocking Mile High and beat Peyton Manning and his Denver Broncos. All that 16-2 and never beat him in his house talk? Gone. What remains is the AFC's only undefeated team in 2012.
Other signs that this year may be a bit different? How about Matt Schaub taking a (dirty) wallop and coming back one play later? How about J.J. Watt continuing his blistering pace with another 2.5 sacks? How about New England being under .500 for the first time since the franchise's second month of existence? And how about a good shot at 4-0 when 12-point underdog Tennessee enters a loud, rocking Reliant Stadium?
Get Off...wide receiver Kevin Walter.
That is Walter without an 's,' by the way.
Every season there is a game where we, as fans, are reminded of Walter's value in the Texans offense. This was that game for 2012.
Walter finished yesterday's game with three receptions for a team-high 73 yards, two first downs, and a touchdown. Walter's best reception would be that touchdown - the 52-yarder!!! - in the second quarter where Walter showed off his deep speed and took advantage of a safety who made a bad play. Walter was reliable as ever on his blocks, so much so that he even had some snaps at fullback/H-back.
Walter will not do this every game because that is not his role in the offense. Owen Daniels is the secondary target, with the checkdown guy being one of the running backs. Walter's job is to do the dirty work. He is the best blocker on the team and often used in motion to help spring the running backs. However, when he has needed to make a catch, Walter usually has and did so in Denver, so stop rushing to replace him already.
Your turn to throw out some G.O.A.T.s, BRBers.
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