Sunday, October 17, 2010
Wrap-up: Texans 35, Chiefs 31
By Paul Kuharsky
Wrapping up the Houston Texans' 35-31 win against the Kansas City Chiefs.
What it means: The Texans moved to 4-2 with a big bounce back from a poor performance a week ago with a last-minute Matt Schaub-to-Andre Johnson connection. They matched what the Colts were able to do a week ago by winning against the Chiefs at home, and will come out of the weekend tied for the best record in the division
What I liked: I’ve said for some time that Houston’s offense should be able to outscore people if and when the defense needs it too. It got the sort of performances out of Schaub, Johnson and Arian Foster against the Chiefs to do just that. Schaub was in prime form with a 305-yard, two-touchdown game.
What I didn’t like: While the pass defense did well yardage-wise with Matt Cassel throwing for just 201, it allowed for three touchdown passes, two to Dwayne Bowe. The Chiefs were 10-for-17 on third and fourth down, averaged 6 yards a carry and came up just 7 yards short of having two 100-yard running backs.
Injury of note: Middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans is the heart and soul of the Texans defense. If his Achilles injury is a long-term deal, we’re going to find out a lot about the leadership of other big names on defense like Brian Cushing, Mario Williams and Bernard Pollard. His would be a hard loss to swallow, and his primary backup, Kevin Bentley, is recovering from recent knee surgery. Update: Ryans' injury is season-ending and the Texans are down to three healthy linebackers, according to the Houston Chronicle.
What’s next: A bye week before a rematch of opening weekend on the road against Indianapolis for Monday Night Football.