A few observations on Houston's 31-24 win over the Oakland Raiders.
What it means: The Texans moved to 3-1, a game better than everyone else in the AFC South. They showed they can win without their best player, Andre Johnson and bounced back from a dud a week earlier against Dallas.
Hero: Arian Foster didn’t start and didn’t play until there was 6:50 left in the first half. According to the Houston Chronicle, he missed one team meeting and was late for another. Derrick Ward and Steve Slaton ran well in his place and Foster made a giant impact when he did get in the game -- with a 74-yard touchdown run and a 10-yard touchdown catch.
Trending: Owen Daniels has not been himself this year as he returned from a torn ACL suffered midway through the 2009 season. Even with Johnson out because of an ankle sprain, Daniels has just one catch for 8 yards. Joel Dreessen, the team’s second tight end, was the team’s leading receiver with five catches for 73 yards.
What’s next: The Texans host the NY Giants at Reliant Stadium in their third game against the NFC East.