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Incompletions: Texans v. Saints (Envisions, Scenarios, and Expectations)

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With so much to write and talk about after every game, and not enough time for one man to write about it all, the masthead joins together and reacts to the Houston Texans' win over the New Orleans Saints.

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Matt Weston:

When Bill O'Brien sat in his office, damp, a white towel wrapped around his neck and his chin crumpled while watching game film during training camp, this was the team he envisioned: an offensive line that controls the line of scrimmage, a pass rush that leaves offenses in tatters, a game plan that lets you win with Brian Hoyer but not because of him, tight ends that attack the middle of the field, and cornerbacks that play tight coverage and make plays on the ball.

It took until Week Twelve, but the Houston Texans finally played their type of game. It wasn't aesthetically pleasing. It wasn't the time of anyone's life. But it was ruthless and efficient. Houston is 3-0 in the toughest part of their schedule and is currently in the second tier below Denver, New England, and Cincinnati in the AFC. But this is based off the entire season, and like the old adage, how you play in December is the only thing that matters, the Texans are setting themselves up for a memorable one.

DieHard Chris:

​For me, the win over the Saints was my "best case scenario" team going into the 2015 season. I would not expect THAT level of dominance from the defense over the Saints, but again - I'm talking about a best case situation here. You still need a real quarterback and/or a real running game to do any actual damage in the playoffs, and we have neither. I fully expect the run game to go right back in the tank now that we won't be playing a horrific defense such as the Saints have.

As to the context of this specific game? Just total dominance. There were things in this team I haven't seen in Houston Texans' incarnations of the past.  They NEVER let New Orleans even sniff a comeback. Once they got a coherent drive and rhythm deep into Houston territory, it was snuffed out by a fantastic interception by Kareem Jackson. The pass rush consistently got pressure with just four guys - and on and on. Just very, very impressive... now, if we only had Arian Foster. Arian would have had 200 yards with the holes Houston was opening up yesterday.  Even with the limited television angles you could see Alfred Blue making the wrong reads/cuts. Still - a great overall performance for Houston's fourth consecutive win.​

kdentify:

We won! Against a Saints team that hasn't its usual offensive juggernaut self, but we won. I love what I'm seeing from the defense and am glad that the fans' calls to replace RAC with Vrabel went unheeded. I'm also glad OB has taken back some control over playcalling since Godsey clearly had no clue what he was doing. We're headed to Buffalo to face a struggling Bills team that's going to be missing some of its defensive stalwarts and that still hasn't put it all together offensively. I'm not one for predicting wins, but I'd love the idea of going into the game against New England on a five-game win streak

Capt Ron:

THIS is the football team that we all expected to see for the 2015 season: an offense that grinds things along with a few scores, and a defense that leaves the opponent wishing there was a surrender flag in their coach's pocket.  The Texans' upcoming tilt against the Patriots in two weeks (at NRG Stadium) was flexed to prime-time for Sunday Night Football.  When Chris Collinsworth announced it during last night's Patriots v. Broncos SNF game, he said something to the effect of, "J.J. Watt has decided to take over the entire league, as he is leading a defense that is absolutely shutting teams down."

MDC:

At this point, the Saints are just the Browns with a better food scene and no curse.

The last Saints defensive back to make as much improper contact with someone as Brandon Browner does was Darren Sharper.

If Terron Armstead pees like he pass protects, I hope his bathroom doesn't have carpet.

I haven't seen Saints mauled that badly in an arena since Ignatius of Antioch.

TGC:

It's the biggest New Orleans flop since Ignatius J. Reilly's Crusade for Moorish Dignity.

Brett Kollmann:

It has become pretty clear to me that Kevin Johnson is going to be a special player in this defense. Rookie corners are not supposed to be this good this early, and yet here we are. Kareem Jackson and Johnathan Joseph have made their fair share of plays this season (as well as mistakes), but K-Jo can close on down on a slant route on 3rd and 7 faster than any other corner I've ever seen wear a Texans uniform. His combination of explosiveness, instincts, and physicality is simply jaw-dropping.

As for the other side of the ball, Brian Hoyer has continued to surprise me after his early season struggles. I will admit that I wrote him off way too early, and if he keeps playing like this the ceiling for this team will only get higher. Hell, he started yesterday by hitting all of his first eleven passes against the Saints before throwing that weird interception straight to Jairus Byrd. Hoyer might not be the long term answer for this team, but in the short term he is playing well enough to win. To me, that is all that matters for now.


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