The Texans are doing exactly what they should be doing. I have repeatedly said that we really won’t know who this team is until they play another playoff-caliber team. I still feel that way – but the fact that they are beating and often dominating inferior teams is a hell of a good sign.
For the third straight game, the Houston defense allowed under 175 total yards of offense. Sure, they played three teams who aren’t very good at offense in the Titans, Jaguars, and Browns – but these are NFL offenses, and the Texans defense is becoming consistently dominant. Rookie linebacker Brooks Reed notched two sacks, giving him four in the last three games in place of Mario Williams. Brian Cushing continues to play at an incredibly high level. He was all over the field and once again looked as vicious and aggressive as he did in his rookie season. If Cushing doesn’t end up an All-Pro this year (assuming he continues to play like he is now) it will be because voters assume he’s “doing something he shouldn’t be doing” if you know what I mean.
On offense, Arian Foster and Ben Tate did it again. They each went over 100 yards rushing for the second time this season, leading Houston to a franchise record 261 rushing yards. So much for the Browns being solid on defense. Not today. Matt Schaub didn’t do much in the air, but it’s because he didn’t have to. The scary thing is that the Texans are chomping up all these rushing yards without the threat of Andre Johnson as a receiver. It’s hard to imagine the Texans running game actually getting better, but when Johnson returns (after the bye week as it was always going to be) – that is certainly a possibility.
The Texans have it all right there in front of them. Next up they have a tough road game in Tampa Bay, and then finally the bye week. When you look at the Texans’ remaining schedule, there isn’t a single game they cannot win. They won’t be heavy underdogs in any of the rest of their games, and there isn’t a single one that you look at and think “this is probably a loss.” Let’s be honest – if the Texans don’t win the AFC South, it will be a MONUMENTAL failure at this point, both because of the weakness of the division, and the way the Texans are playing.
It’s impossible not to be excited as a Texans fan right now. The team is 6-3, and this is the best time to be a Houston pro football fan since the last time the Oilers were decent back in… well, it was a long time ago.