The Houston Texans are now on what could be only vaguely described as a winning streak. After vanquishing some (weakened) demons in the New England Patriots last Sunday, the Texans had a quick turnaround to face the Lions in Detroit for Thanksgiving. What resulted was comedy of errors for both teams that shook out in Houston’s favor.
The offense is the brightest spot to revisit from today’s game. Despite some early CHUMming issues, Tim Kelly opened up the floor for Deshaun Watson to work. We saw plenty of spread looks and multiple receivers got in on the action. There were even a few Keke Coutee sightings! Will Fuller had a beautiful 40-yard TD catch and a fun trick play touchdown in the second half. Duke Johnson and C.J. Prosise also hauled in touchdowns through the air. There was a few issues with holding along the offensive line, but the loving light of a win usually washes away some of that sting.
The defense had its moments. J.J. Watt had a career highlight pick-six. Tyrell Adams made the most of his time in the sun with two forced fumbles. Justin Reid had a sack, a few key tackles, and a near interception. Indeed, Reid’s almost pick called to mind Justin Forsett back in 2012, but it sadly didn’t pan out. The rushing defense still wasn’t great, and the team still can’t handle trick plays, but the turnovers helped mitigate some of the damage.
Speaking of turnovers, that was the name of the game today. The Texans won that battle, and it propelled them to a convincing victory this afternoon. Coming into the second half, it seemed that it may have come down to a shootout. But then the game got blown wide open on a few bang plays and merriment was enjoyed by all.
Looking to next week, we’re taking on the (as of right now) 7-3 Indianapolis Colts. Enjoy your holiday, and happy Thanksgiving!