Down Deep Into the Vortex and Back Again
For the Texans, it seemed as though too many key players were showing signs that missing pre-season practices and game time was going to be more than just the proverbial rust needing to be knocked off. The breakdowns on offense and defense led many to think that this game would end like previous prime time games against quick release quarterbacks...with a swirling descent straight into humiliating defeat and no way to fight back and survive, much less win.
Trailing 28-7 in the 3rd quarter, the Texans finally woke up and rallied back to tie it 28-28 after an incredible interception returned for a touchdown by LB Brian Cushing, and then a 41 yard field goal by Randy "Beercan" Bullock to win the game as regulation time expired. JJ Watt, Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson played like the elite players they are, and motivated their team to the biggest comeback win in Texans history.
SUMMARY KEY STATS:
First Downs: Texans 26, Chargers 14
Rushing Yards: Texans 120, Chargers 80
Passing Yards: Texans 329, Chargers 183
Passing ATT-COMP-INT: Texans 34-45-1, Chargers 14-29-1
Touchdowns: Texans 4, Chargers 4
Field Goals (made-attempted): Texans 1-2, Chargers 0-0
Sacks: Texans 2, Chargers 2
Time of Possession: Texans 36:31, Chargers 23:29
Final Score: Texans 31, Chargers 28
"I'm a doctor, not some Gaslamp District saloon proprietor!"
INJURED RESERVE UPDATES SINCE LAST WEEK
OL David Quessenberry - Broken Foot - Injured Reserve
RT Brennan Williams - Received microfracture surgery on knee - Injured Reserve
OUT vs CHARGERS WEEK 1
LB Darryl Sharpton - Concussion Protocol
S Ed Reed - Precautionary (hip recovery)
NO REPORTED INJURIES FROM GAME 1
- Consider that some good lagniappe on top of the comeback victory!
- CB Brice McCain's knee is "banged up", but no word on if it is serious, and so far, it does not sound like it.
I like to think it went something like this...
Bravo Zulu - Brian Cushing and Randy Bullock!!
(Bravo Zulu is a naval signal, conveyed by flag hoist or vocal, meaning "Well Done")
The pressure of having to kick a game winning field goal in your very first NFL game, and getting it done? Amazing!
That was one of the most athletic interceptions by a linebacker in NFL history!
WR Andre Johnson - A man among boys, as usual for the G.O.A.T.
QB Matt Schaub - Smart, tough, and battlefightin' all night long
S Daniel Manning - 1 Sack, great shutdown of future HOF TE Antonio Gates in 2nd half, led team in tackles (tied)
P Shane Lechler - Kicking the Texans through the wormhole into victory
RB Ben Tate - Running like a man on a mission
S Shiloh Keo - KTFO Award Nominee and Fake Punt Hero
WR DeAndre Hopkins - Outstanding first game rookie! Welcome to the NFL
LB Whitney Mercilus - 1 Sack, several hurries, led team in tackles (tied)
Coach Kubiak - For calling a fake punt and unleashing the Bulls in the second half !!
Well done gents!!
Random Movie Quote (name it):
"It was a rough place - the seediest dive on the wharf. Populated with every reject and cutthroat from Bombay to Calcutta. It's worse than Detroit."
Memorable Quotes from Game Threads
I've been around so long, things are starting to repeat themselves. Pretty sure I saw the Oilers play this exact game right after mastodons went extinct. - FreedomRide
Konserviak made me proud with the fake punt - KeriTheCreoleTexan
I can safely say this is probably the worst start to a game in Texans' history - AMD
That's OK, we are just spotting them 7 - Professortex
All of the booze, please. - TexansDC
The best part about that return was no flags - steelblue
Draw coming? - USMC_JA
3rd and long screen, at least it wasn't a draw....I guess... - Travis Roggatz
Lechler goes "Calm the kitten down boys!" - Fuzion
I want to know what Dilfer thinks about how we do against elite QBs. Hearing it 14 times isn't enough - Underdogs01
Kubiak Faking...Did I miss the apocalypse? - BWOracle
Cushing REALLY wanted to make that play. That's heart and desire RIGHT THERE! - TexansBornAndRaised
Jean is killing us, did he hang out with Eric Winston in the off season? - Bobbythegreat
Johnson just beat Cox - Anna-Megan Raley
Sword fight - GatorTD & alcoholic insight
das a dirty girl - chuckiepoo
Everyone Loves an Iced Beercan (end of game FG) - GatorTD
GAME BLOUSES!!!!! KITTEN I love this KITTEN team! And now I'm going to throw up. - UprootedTexan
IT IS 0845 HERE IN KUWAIT and we could not be happier...All us Marines and Army guys just lit up the DFAC
Way to go TEXANS...
SEMPER FI... and good night to all my brothers back home in H-town. - Texmarine
Let's go below decks to the mess hall and see what's cooking...
Short week, short recipe for tailgating...
Slice jalapeno peppers in half, stuff with "Lil' smokies" or chorizo sausage (cooked), creme cheese, wrap with bacon, season with smoked paprika and sea salt and then grill until crisp. Serve with ranch dressing. Enjoy!
Need a new drink recipe? OK, pull up a stool and wet your whistle mate:
"Battle Red Bulls Up All Night"
1 ounce Red Stag by Jim Beam
1 ounce Jagermeister
2 ounces Red Bull
Build over ice in rocks glass. Garnish with maraschino cherries. Chug and Cheer!!
(Please drink responsibly and don't drive while impaired)
Stories From the Brig
Lestar Jean and Brice McCain left a lot to be desired with poor play, but I have confidence that will be addressed this week in practice and film room sessions. Instead of calling out the other guys who struggled, we'll look past that in game one as they shake off the rust. They won't escape the scrutiny next time though. If this team is going to make it to the goal of winning a championship, it takes constant attention to detail.
Random Movie Quote Part II (aka the hint):
"There's no reason to become alarmed, and we hope you'll enjoy the rest of your flight. By the way, is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane?"
PRACTICE SQUAD UPDATE
|45||Boren, Zach||FB||6-0||254||R||Ohio State|
|22||Carmichael, Roc||CB||5-10||190||25||3||Virginia Tech|
|12||Cruse, Andy||WR||6-3||209||23||R||Miami (Ohio)|
|70||Menkin, Nathan||T||6-5||300||1||Mary Hardin-Baylor|
|87||Nwachukwu, Uzoma||WR||5-11||198||22||R||Texas A&M|
Rushing yards needed by Arian Foster to hit 5,000 career rushing yards.
Receiving yards needed by Arian Foster to hit 2,000 career receiving yards.
Receiving yards needed by Andre Johnson to hit 12,000 career receiving yards.
NFL record! Career games with 10 or more receptions and 100 or more yards.
Random "Thank You Notes" - Jimmy Fallon
Thank you....the term "Sexiest Man Alive," for raising the question: If the word "alive" wasn't there, would someone different have won?
On the Horizon
The Titans come to Reliant Stadium next Sunday September 15, with kickoff at Noon (CDT) on CBS.
For those attending the game, the theme is "LIBERTY WHITE OUT" so dress accordingly.
The headline image got cropped, so here it is in full...
Last week's Captain's Log: "The Point of No Return"