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Texans Hit Franchise Best 4-2 Record in Wild Comeback Win Over Chiefs

The Houston Texans have reached a franchise best 4-2 record after defeating the Kansas City Chiefs at Reliant Stadium Sunday.  Arguably the second best come back in franchise history, the Texans manufactured a spectacular fourth quarter comeback over the Chiefs’ stingy defense.  The Texans offense was hampered by the Chiefs defense throughout the game, but the Texans’ offensive efforts proved through in the Texans 35-31 win.

The Kansas City Chiefs’ coaching staff was a major factor in the Chiefs almost full game lead.  Head coach Tom Haley stayed patient, offensive head coordinator Charlie Weiss spread the ball and kept the defense honest, and defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel bottled the Texans’ offense for the majority of the game.  However, it was Gary Kubiak’s decision to go for it on fourth down in the fourth quarter that proved to be the best coaching decision of the day.  The play involved an Owen Daniels reception moving toward the right sideline while Andre Johnson swung behind him causing the defenders to take a back seat to Owen Daniels’ first down play.  The Texans’ truly didn’t start making plays until the last eight minutes of the game, causing the Chiefs to have to adjust to the Texans’ 2009-esque style offense.

The Texans defense, secondary and rush defense, was slaughtered for for three and a half quarters .  The Chiefs totaled 417 net yards and four touchdowns, but it was a fourth-and-one and one-half throw to their tight end that ended the Chiefs’ momentum.  Thereafter, with 2:22 left on their own 20-yard-line, Matt Schaub and the Houston Texans pulled off an impressive comeback.  Schaub hit Foster, Johnson and made smart throw-aways and avoid the pressure at their own 45.  But Schaub’s best play came with a long bomb reception to Andre Johnson, who was interfered with, allowing the penalty to tack on yards.  Two plays later Schaub found Owen “The Extension” Daniels over the middle for a first down, setting up a Foster run and the game-winning touchdown to Andre Johnson, who crossed the endzone for a Schaub deep ball touchdown.

The Texans’ players showed an unprecedented growth in maturity and professionalism today with the game to down to win-or-lose.  They didn’t make any bonehead mistakes, Kubiak kept his team cool, and the defense stepped up big at the end.   Although strong safety Bernard Pollard was terrible in pass coverage, he was in on hit-after-hit keeping the Chiefs in fear of him.  Defensive tackle Amobi Okoye registered the Texans’ first sack of the game on Matt Cassel to end the game.  He had given up and released on a Jamaal Charles’ own creative end-around misplay, pushing more criticism of his failure to live up to his former first round, tenth pick draft status.  However, his game-ending play combined with the pressure of defensive end Antonio Smith shows the Texans’ defensive line has improved and fastened under pressure to shut the Chiefs down for only the second time in the game; and it was enough for the win.  Matt Schaub led the comeback with two touchdowns and 305 yards.  He completed  25 passes to six different receivers.  Arian Foster ran the ball well with backup Derrick Ward.  Foster had 71 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries and 26 receiving yards on six receptions.  Owen Daniels lived up to his word and proved to be back to his old self.  He was a big third down target and led the Texans to 100% fourth down efficiency on his 79 receiving yards on five receptions.  Jacoby Jones also proved to be back, especially hyping the crowd to the win but also with 45 yards on four receptions.  But the Texans’ biggest playmaker, Andre Johnson, stole the spotlight today with eight receptions for 138-yards and the game-winning touchdown.

The Houston Texans came into this game with a 2-3 franchise record at home against the Chiefs.  And throughout the game it looked like the Texans would fall to 2-4, but it was the Texans’ determination to make plays and win the game.  Although the win will bring plenty of good spirits going into the Texans bye week, they will also have to recover from the loss the suffered at the end of the second quarter. As the half came to the close, DeMeco Ryans went down with an achilles injury.  He will be out for the season, likely moving Zach Diles to the middle. David Nixon filled in on the strong side for Diles today because Darryl Sharpton and Kevin Bentley were inactive.  Expect them two to vie for the middle and/or weak side linebacker position against Diles for the next two weeks until the Texans meet the Colts at Indy Week 8 on Monday NIght.

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One Response to “Texans Hit Franchise Best 4-2 Record in Wild Comeback Win Over Chiefs”

  1. Chris Quintero says:

    With DeMeco Ryans out for the season, add another team from Texas that joins the list of teams that will not play in the Super Bowl.
    Ryans was the cornerstone of a defense that wasn’t that good to begin with.

    It will be fun, however, to watch the offense having to gun the football and score 35 points every week. At least this Texans fan can feel free to take off his rose-colored sunglasses and fall back down to reality.

    “That’s all folks.”

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