Texans Upset Panthers, Face Super Bowl Champs This Sunday on KEYE
By Mark Fagan,
3:16PM, Thu. Sep. 20, 2007
Texans win. Titans lose. KEYE to air Texans/Colts game this Sunday at noon. But before we start sending KEYE gift baskets in gratitude remember that the only reason they are airing the Texans this week is because Vince Young and the Titans will be playing the Monday Night Football game on ESPN. It is still good news for Texans fans who need to tune in and support their home-state team. Their undefeated home-state team with a four-game winning streak dating back to last season that is. Sunday's game with the Colts looks to be one of the biggest of the Texans short existence. Both squads are entering the game 2-0 and the Texans are the last team to pick up a win against the Colts. The Texans will have to do it without their best player, wide receiver Andre Johnson. Johnson injured his knee last Sunday versus Carolina and will not play on Sunday. Could be a chance for rookie standout WR Jacoby Jones to have a breakout performance.
After going down 14-0 against the Panthers on the road last weekend it looked to be a long day for Houston, and in the past the Texans would have folded their hand and surrendered their chips. But not these new-look Texans. Behind excellent play from Johnson, quarterback Matt Schaub, d-lineman Amobi Okoye, and punter Matt Turk to name a few, the Texans scored 34 straight points on their way to a 34-21 victory. Johnson caught seven passes for 120 yards and two TDs and Matt Schaub had another solid performance. Schaub has a 111.4 QB rating after two games with a 3-1 TD-to-interception ratio.
First-round pick Amobi Okoye set a Texans single-game rookie record with two sacks with Anthony Maddux taking down Jake Delhomme once on Sunday as well. Punter Matt Turk had another incredible showing dropping three punts within the 20 with two of those falling within the 10. Turk is gonna play a huge role with the Texans this season pinning opponents back deep in their own territory.
And let's not forget the excellent job Houston's offensive line is doing. Their stability seems to be paying off with another solid outing from Ahman Green (71 yards, 4.7 yards per carry, one TD) and Schaub not being sacked once. I'm sure David Carr was enjoying his vantage point from the Carolina sideline as Delhomme's backup. Maybe Carr was a big part of the problem after all. I doubt he'll ever be a good No. 1 QB in the NFL. Ever.
If the Texans can manage to beat the Colts without Andre Johnson this Sunday the fans down in H-town are gonna start talking playoffs. And that'll be another first for the Texans long-suffering fan base.