Something Familiar Going on Here...
Texans took to the road in search of a four-game winning streak
only to see some old friends show up, namely redzone turnovers by
the offense and a distinct lack of them in the redzone by the defense.
Add it up, and the Texans lose 28-21 to the Vikings.
redzone performances weren't the only familiar sights from the good
guys on Sunday. The Texans offense once again started slow but found
its footing as the game endured, even winning the battle for time
of possession (32:22).
Vikings defensive line though overmatched their counterparts in
stuffing the run, keeping running back Steve Slaton to just 62 yards
on the afternoon. The Purple People Eaters also found a way to Matt
Schaub, dropping him with an apparent leg injury, one bad enough
that it forced him to the bench for the second half.
Get to the choppa!!! Yes, backup Sage Rosenfels re-entered our
consciousness to start the third quarter, his team down 21-7, facing
an opponent that had reportedly offered a third round pick to the
Texans in the offseason so he could be their starter. With something
to prove on oh-so-many levels, Rosenfels drove the offense 72 yards
in 10 plays to open the second half, finding receiver David Anderson
in the endzone, drawing the game to within a touchdown.
Rosenfels' second drive, a familiar nemesis emerged as the backup
was intercepted by Madieu Williams just two yards from tying the
game at 21 points. Earlier, Schaub had also thrown an interception
in the endzone attempting to knot the game at 14-14.
couple of punts were then exchanged, taking us to the...
defense stiffened in the second half, but it was time for something
to give. With 6:32 to play in the game, zone coverage broke down
between linebacker Zac Diles and a big nobody that should have been
providing deep coverage. Tight end Visanthe Shiancoe caught the
easy pass from Gus Frerotte and could practically waltz into the
endzone for a 25-yard touchdown reception.
28-14 deficit almost proved scalable though, as Rosenfels rallied
the offense to answer with a 14-yard touchdown pass to Andre Johnson.
The Texans then failed to recover the onsides kick, and while the
defense held the Vikings to a three-and-out to return possession
to the offense, Rosenfels was sacked twice deep in his own territory
to end the game.
end Owen Daniels had a phenomenal effort, catching everything thrown
in his direction and tallying 133 yards on 11 catches. Up the middle,
along the sideline, wherever and whatever, Daniels made it happen.
mention as well to Anderson, scoring for the second game in a row
and reprising the string dance which drew
praise from late night talk show host Conan O'Brien earlier
in the week.
Texans did a nice job in containing Vikings running back Adrian
Peterson through most of the first three quarters, but Peterson
took over in money time. On what would prove to be the game-winning
drive, Peterson rushed three times for 47 yards to set up the TD
pass to Shiancoe.
Texans will return to friendlier surroundings next Sunday to play
in the Ike-delayed match-up with the Ravens. Home cooking is just
what Schaub needs, too, assuming Kubiak and the Texans ignore the
inevitable flurry of fans and media-types once again clamoring for
Rosenfels. At Reliant Stadium this season, Schaub has an 111.2 QB
rating, more than 40 points higher than on the road.
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