Did you watch Monday Night Football? Did you see the Texans stuff every running play that Mike Vrabel and the Titans had to offer? Did you see the Texans execute the run whenever they felt like doing so? Did you see Deshaun Watson have his way with the top passing defense in the NFL?
If the answer is no to any of these questions, you watched a different game or your little brother’s “Madden 19” graphics were too realistic and misleading.
The Texans went down 10-0 early in the first quarter. They would proceed to score 27 unanswered points, highlighted by a 97-yard touchdown run from Lamar Miller.
Deshaun Watson had two touchdown passes to Demaryius Thomas, along with a touchdown run. The second-year quarterback finished with 210 passing yards, a 130.9 passer rating, and 71 rushing yards.
As a team, Houston rushed for 281 yards with an average of 8.3 yards per attempt. It’s hard to lose a game putting up those kind of numbers.
Everything clicked. Aside from a Corey Davis touchdown pass that went for 48 yards and totally burned Johnathan Joseph, the Titans could not get anything going after the first five minutes of the first quarter.
The Texans are firing on all cylinders. Everything is falling into place, and they are handling their business week in and week out. When you think of AFC powerhouses, it’s time to include the Houston Texans on that list.
The Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers, Los Angeles Chargers, and the Houston Texans. That’s the class of the wide open AFC. Are we sure the Texans aren't the second or third best team of that bunch?
Before all of us become overly excited about one dominant Monday Night Football victory, let me point out that this team is far from perfect. Their offensive line still has the potential to get tossed around by defenses. The secondary can still be had. They are prone to getting torched once or twice a game. If they have to go up against Patrick Mahomes, Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, or Philip Rivers in the playoffs, the secondary will need to be on their A-game.
Bill O’Brien still needs to assert a killer mentality. Instead of calling conservative up-the-gut runs, he needs to keep his foot on the gas pedal more often. You can’t let teams gain confidence or momentum. The NFL is a league where things turn around fast. The winners are the ones who stay aggressive and let their teams take risks. O’Brien has been doing a stellar job though in guiding this team back from an 0-3 start, and it will be interesting to see his game plan when the Texans face off against the other playoff teams.
The Texans will host the Cleveland Browns this week, and then the Colts when they blow into town the following week. If the Texans can win both of these games, they’ll win the AFC South and guarantee themselves at least one home playoff game. The Patriots own the tiebreaker and the Chiefs sit at the top with a 9-2 record so far. They’ll need help from other teams if they look to secure a bye.
If it were not for the New Orleans Saints, who are putting up historical numbers and performances of their own, we would be talking about the Texans as the most red-hot team in the league. Eight wins in a row would earn that type of recognition in any other season.
No issue, though. Anyone who thinks the Texans aren’t a Super Bowl contender isn’t watching enough football. Luckily, Houston’s not worried about what we think about them or what we have to say.
They’re focused on going about their business and continuing to play superb football.
We will see what happens in the end.