Sunday, September 23, 2012
Wrap-up: Texans 31, Broncos 25
By Paul Kuharsky
Thoughts on the Texans’ 31-25 win over the Broncos in Denver:
What it means: The Texans start 3-0 for the first time in franchise history and have two more wins than everyone else in the AFC South, where the three other teams are 1-2. They showed offensive and defensive balance and run-pass balance. They are the AFC’s lone remaining undefeated team. And not that it’s important, but with San Francisco losing in Minnesota, Houston’s heading to the top of all sorts of power polls.
What I liked: Matt Schaub threw four touchdown passes and posted a 115.3 passer rating in an excellent effort. He took a vicious shot under the chin on a combo late hit from Von Miller and Joe Mays that sent him flying and his helmet flying further, and only missed one play and fought for a quick return. The Texans’ defense did its part to assure Schaub was the game’s most productive quarterback, holding Peyton Manning to a long pass play of 38 yards while sacking him three times (2.5 by the remarkable J.J. Watt) and limiting him to an 83.0 rating.
What I didn’t like: They faded late and let the Broncos threaten a comeback. This team is good enough that a 20-point third-quarter lead should mean no big fourth-quarter concerns. But Houston’s last three possessions ended fumble, punt, punt and Denver scored touchdowns when it got the ball the first two times in that sequence.
What I wonder: What do opponents consider the Texans weakness when they look at them on film? Right now Houston sure looks balanced and deep and I’m not sure how an opponent thinks is best to attack them.
What’s next: The Texans play their second game against a division opponent, with a visit from the Titans, who just became the first team in league history to score five TDs of 60 yards or longer in one game.