Sadly, I barely have the strength to type this.
The Texans, for the second week in a row, did not play well. Their defense was god awful against the pass. Matt Schaub didn’t have a straight-out horrible game, but he was not good. Missed throws all over the place. Shayne Graham is, was, and will continue to be terrible. Gary Kubiak called a questionable game, and was downright awful in overtime. I didn’t even like the way Wade Phillips called the defense. The team had just played almost five full 15-minute periods on Sunday. They were missing their best defensive back against the most dominant receiver in the NFL.
And yet, they won. Again. This team is all heart. ALL heart. Thanks to some questionable play by Detroit, a free touchdown from the referees and Jim Schwartz, and some straight up luck in overtime – the Texans are 10-1. Somehow.
Shayne Grahahm. If you follow me on Twitter, read this blog, or listen to Battle Red Radio, you know I’ve wanted this guy gone pretty much all year. Gives you nothing on kickoffs, and can only make the easy field goals. Suddenly today – touchbacks! But was there anyone – ANY Texans fan – ANYWHERE – that thought for one second he was going to make that 51-yarder in overtime? I sure didn’t think he had a shot. Most of that falls on him, but a lot of that falls on Gary Kubiak for going UBER conservative at a time where the offense was shredding the Lions. YOU CANNOT PLAY FOR A LONG FIELD GOAL WHEN SHAYNE GRAHAM IS YOUR KICKER. YOU CAN PLAY FOR A LONG FIELD GOAL IF YOU HAVE A GOOD KICKER. But, it turns out that 1 – the Texans don’t have a good kicker, and 2 – the kicker they do have IS SHAYNE GRAHAM!!!
Shayne Graham is at best not good, or just plain terrible.
Okay, I’m done. (He’s terrible. I hate kickers.)
The defense is officially a problem. I know they were missing Johnathan Joseph, but it’s clear we’ve got some issues going forward. The team can probably continue to win against average or good quarterbacks, but against a great QB, the Texans would have gotten destroyed today. SO much blitzing, and blitzing like they did today (because they didn’t get there on blitzes) will KILL us against Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, or Tom Brady. That said, Wade probably doesn’t blitz that much against those guys.
On Thanksgiving Day, I’m thankful for free touchdowns like the one Justin Forsett scored. I did not know the rule that ended up giving the Texans a touchdown, and neither did any of the people I text messaged about it. It was an insane combination of: 1) The referees not blowing the play dead. 2) Forsett not giving up on the play. 3) Jim Schwartz, like me, not knowing about the rule that his team can’t benefit from an automatic scoring-play challenge if he throws a challenge flag himself. Man, is that ever a stupid rule. But thank goodness it’s out there… uh, for now and now only.
Hey, it’s Turkey Day, and even though we are having ours tomorrow – I’m going to have some more beer and watch some more football.
More on this game soon. Plenty more. But for now I need to recover from that game.
TEN and ONE, and man it feels good.
This, though? This does NOT feel good. h/t SB Nation