First, some light housekeeping before we get into the Sunday Night game…
Several thousand astute readers (actually none at all) pointed out that I failed to give out my coveted player and play of the week awards for Houston’s win against the Jets on Monday night. So, quickly:
Player of the game, offense: Clearly, Arian Foster. As you know from a previous entry, I don’t think Arian had been quite himself this year, due to blocking issues and his own. Not that he had significantly regressed – but he just didn’t have that same “wow” about him. It was all back on display Monday night, as he finally ripped off a couple of long runs, and helped carry the offense to a win on a night where Andre Johnson was absolutely OWNED by Antonio Cromartie, and when Matt Schaub wasn’t at his best.
Player of the game, defense: Yet again, JJ Watt. I’m going to have to go back and look at the previous game wrap-ups, but I’m pretty sure Watt has been the pick in all of them? When the Texans needed a play, who is always there? The JuggerWatt, of course. He had yet another batted pass that resulted in yet another interception, and sealed the game with batted-down ball. Oh, and another sack. Another day at the office for Watt. Ho-hum.
Player of the game, special teams: BHAHAHAHAHA
Play of the game: I’m going with Watt’s defensed pass that resulted in an interception by Brice McCain at the end of the first half. Somehow, the Jets offense was building momentum and ready to punch it in – well, they were ready to kick a field goal – going into the second half. Watt IMMEDIATELY backed off any attempt at a pass rush, and literally dropped back in coverage, if you will. A really, really bad quarterback named Mark Sanchez obliged JJ, and threw the pass toward him. We know how that ends up. Of course, then McCain and Troy Nolan combined to completely BOTCH what should have been an EASY return for touchdown. What the hell, guys. Seriously.