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The Captain's Log 2015, Game 10: "Wildcat" (Texans v. Jets)

Capt Ron chronicles the Texans' creative win over the New York Jets and reviews the latest from around the AFC South. Join the conversation at Battle Red Blog.

It's "Nuk Island" now, Revis.
It's "Nuk Island" now, Revis.
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So this guy walks into the immigration office with a coconut shell and an unladen swallow and...oh, hey there!  I bet you are looking for the latest Captain's Log.  Well let's get on with it then, shall we?

The Texans created and executed a game plan that completely caught the New York Jets off guard.  What a rush!  What a sensational game!  THIS is the Houston Texans team that we were looking for all season.

Let's get into the numbers...

Summary of Key Stats:

First Downs 16 19
Net Rushing Yards 70 123
Net Passing Yards 197 241
Total Net Yards 267 364
Passing ATT-COMP-TD-INT 19/39-1-2 16/34-2-0 (Yates)
Passing ATT-COMP-TD-INT 1/1-1-0 (Shorts)
Third Down Efficiency 3/14 (21%) 7/18 (38%)
Touchdowns 2 3
Field Goals (made/attempted) 1 / 1 1 / 1
Extra Points (made/attempted) 2 / 2 3 / 3
Kicking (made/attempted) 2 / 2 3 / 3
Two Point Conversions (made/attempted) 0 / 0 0 / 0
Fumbles / Lost 1 / 0 2 / 1
Turnovers (lost) 2 1
Penalties (QTY / Yards) 7 - 54 3 - 54
Sacks (defense) 1 3
Interceptions (defense) 0 2
Fumbles Recovered (defense) 1 0
Time of Possession 26:41 33:19
Red Zone Efficiency 1/1 (100%) 0/2 (0%)
Goal To Go Efficiency 1/1 (100%) 0/1 (0%)
Points From Turnovers 0 0

Around the AFC South...

The Colts (5-5)

Indy beat the Atlanta Falcons (6-4) in a 24-21 road game to help the Colts remain tied for first place with the Texans in the AFC South.  The Falcons have now lost three in a row and continue to slide away from the undefeated Carolina Panthers (10-0) in the NFC South.

The Colts will host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-5) next.

The Jaguars (4-6)

Jacksonville edged out a 19-13 victory over the Tennessee Titans (2-8)  on Thursday Night Football.  The Jags will next host the San Diego Chargers (2-8) who are on a six-game losing streak as they anchor the bottom of the AFC West.

The Titans (2-8)

Tennessee will look for their first win at home after losing the last ten consecutive tilts at their own stadium.  This week, they host the Oakland Raiders (4-6), who are in third-place in the AFC West.

Sick Bay

"I'm a doctor, not a razzle-dazzle, play-calling offensive coordinator."


CB - Kareem Jackson: Ankle.

QB - Brian Hoyer - Concussion.

RB -  Chris Polk - Hamstring.

LB - Akeem Dent - Hamstring.

Movie Quote (name it):

"Just a fly in the ointment, Hans. The monkey in the wrench. The pain in the ass."

Bravo Zulu - DeAndre Hopkins

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(Bravo Zulu is a naval signal, conveyed by flag hoist or vocal, for "Well Done")

This was a tough call, because so many players really stepped it up this week.  In the end, I'm going with DeAndre Hopkins for repeatedly outplaying a player many consider the best cornerback in the NFL.  The Texans sent Hopkins to "Revis Island," and Nuk stuck a flag in the middle of it and turned it into his own personal party zone.  He notched two more touchdowns and broke 1,000 receiving yards on the season.  The guy moved the chains with one-handed catches that left even Revis in disbelief.

John Harris of The Mothership covered it best here:

I was about ten to 15 feet away from DeAndre Hopkins one-handed grab in the second quarter. He made that look so easy, yet that's so incredibly hard to do. I saw Darrelle Revis just shake his head after Hop made that catch. The best part about that was that a ton of receivers would come back and gestured for a first down or found Revis to whisper sweet nothings in his ear. Nope, not Hop. He just walked over to the ref, gave him the ball and went back to the huddle.

Hop's 61-yard touchdown over Revis was a similar play concept to the one that Nate Washington caught in the win over Tennessee. This was the one matchup we all wanted to see and many asked me if the Texans would throw at Revis. I said absolutely and wasn't surprised at all that the Texans went after him early. In fact, the Texans should've gotten off to a 7-0 lead had quarterback T.J. Yates not overshot Hopkins after the wide receiver double moved Revis in the first quarter.

On that play, Hop ran an out and up, stutter and go. It was more like a triple move, than a double move. Most importantly, though, he ran well past Revis. A touchdown there and the building would've come down.

Honorable Mention

J.J. Watt was incredibly disruptive all game long.  He isn't just the heart of the defense, he is the soul of the entire team.  I initially gave Watt the BZ this week, and he was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week, but Nuk owning Revis was so unique that Hopkins earned the nod.

John Harris offered this in his article, which is a great write-up of the game on the Texans' website:

Speaking of Watt, he was flat outstanding. He stuffed the stat sheet, yet again and came up with one big play after the other. On the first drive of the game, the Jets strung together a few first downs and had passed into Texans territory. On the first down of the next series of downs, Watt split the block of Giacomini and tight end Kellen Davis and chased down running back Stevan Ridley on the counter play away from him. For the first time all game, the Jets were behind the chain and after a Brian Cushing tackle for a loss, the Texans got off the field with no damage done.

Cecil Shorts III also came close to earning the BZ recognition this week with his multipurpose role on offense.

Xavier Su'a-Filo received good reviews for his performance and is finally delivering on that lofty investment the team made in him as the 33rd overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Eddie Pleasant and Andre Hal also both collected interceptions this game.  It's clear that the secondary is finally coming together.

Stories From The Brig

There really isn't anything to criticize from this game, as all 46 active players made contributions to a solid win against an AFC opponent.

Whew!  That felt so good to write.  If they keep this up, we can have the plank removed and install a margarita machine.

Movie Quote II (a/k/a the hint)

"Yippee-ki-yay, motherf@%$*%"

Liberty Call!

Have you ever wondered what the view is like as a bald eagle?  Check this out!

Ship's Galley

Here's another good drink recipe for cooler temperatures.


Alton Brown of Food Network provided this gem of a crowd-pleaser:


  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 cup Demerara sugar
  • 1 quart water
  • 2 1/2 cups Scotch whiskey
  • Freshly grated nutmeg


Combine the lemon, sugar, and water in a small, 2 to 3-quart slow cooker set to high. Cover and heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves completely, 20 to 30 minutes. Add the Scotch whiskey and stir to combine. Reduce the heat to low and serve warm with lemon slices and freshly grated nutmeg.

On The Horizon...

Houston hosts the New Orleans Saints (4-6) next, and the Texans will look to improve to a winning record and sole possession of first place in the AFC South.


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