The Houston Texans continued their impressive play Sunday at Reliant Stadium in Houston, as they defeated the Tennessee Titans 38-14. The win keeps Houston perfect at 4-0 on the season and 2-0 in AFC South Division play. The loss drops the Titans to 1-3 on the year.
Arizona and Atlanta also continue to be undefeated after one-fourth of the 2012 season, but it took Arizona overtime to defeat Miami, and Atlanta had to have a last-second field goal to remain unbeaten.
Houston got off to a quick start, jumping out to a 14-0 lead early. Tennessee began cutting into the lead, but Wade Phillips’ defensive unit took up the slack as Danieal Manning returned one interception for 65 yards and a touchdown and Kareem Jackson returned another pick 67 yards for a score.
Mat Schaub and company picked up the pace in the second half as the offense started clicking again in a game that was really never in doubt.
Team Owner Bob McNair was ecstatic about the success of his team so far, but realized they have only begun the task at hand. “Well I’m real proud of the team. We played a tough team and it was really a tight ballgame until we had that interception in the third quarter. That really broke it open for us. Our guys just kept playing hard, doing their job. I think we only had one penalty the whole game and of course we had no turnovers. It’s great, but that’s one fourth of the season. It’s really the right way to start it. You couldn’t be any better. We still have a long way to go, but the team’s playing great and I’m really proud of them. We’ve got 12 more games to play. I’m thinking about that. I’m happy with the 4-0, but we’ve got a game in New York next, a week from Monday. We’ve got to be ready to go up there and play well. Any one of these teams can beat us and we know that. We just have to keep working hard.”
Coach Gary Kubiak was also proud of his team, but realizes they have only just begun the season. “It feels good. It’s been a good September for our football team. We played pretty solid football. When you look at it from the standpoint of turnovers, getting the ball, protecting the ball, those types of things that they give you a chance to be good every week. It’s been a really good month and it was a tough deal today. We started very fast, very explosive as a team. They come back and got in the game there. We were struggling a little bit defensively. We make a big, big play then it got us going again. I’m really proud of our team and how they’re playing. We just have to stay focused and keep working.”
The Texans were ranked the number one power team in the NFL last week by the Associated Press, and that was before Sunday’s blowout win over Tennessee. While the team is definitely better than they have ever been, they definitely have to stay focused. They travel to the new Meadowlands Monday night, October 8th to take on the hapless New York Jets who are definitely out to prove they are better than their play so far this season would indicate. And the road doesn’t get any easier, as they return home on October 14th to take on Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. IF they can keep the momentum they have built in the first quarter of the season, this team very well MIGHT represent the AFC in the Super Bowl in New Orleans in February of next year.