Broncos 37, Texans 13: Last Year's Would-Be Texan Shows Them How It's Done
What did we learn from the game?
Peyton Manning is good. Better that NFL single-season touchdown record is in his hands that smarmy Tom Brady. He's been killing the Texans for years, but you have to give the man his due. He is one of the all-time greats and it showed yet again on Sunday.
What do we never want to see/hear again?
Dan Fouts was stumbling and bumbling all over himself on Sunday. I have to wonder if some of these guys get bored towards the end of the season, particularly in games with crappy teams like the Texans, so much so that they just don't prepare. He sounded, at times, like a guy who had read some press clippings 10 minutes before kickoff, clapped his hands together and said, "Let's do this!"
Key Moment of the Game
The Texans had clearly gained the momentum, something unfamiliar to them all season, when Matt Schaub threw a pass to DeAndre Hopkins on a sideline route. Mike Adams stepped in front picking it off in a beautiful play before falling out of bounds. Two plays later the Broncos were in the end zone and the route had begun.
Game Balls: Vance Joseph
Give some credit to Joseph who was making the defensive play calls. Despite working most of the game without Jonathan Joseph, who suffered a foot injury in the first half, he held Peyton Manning in check most of the game. For the Texans of this season, that counts as progress.
Goats of the Week: Ed Hochuli's Guns
Where were they Sunday? I'm pretty sure if he were allowed, Hochuli, the NFL referee version of Mr. Universe, would wear a muscle shirt and grease up for games. Yet, for some reason, those bad boys were tucked away inside his shirt. Maybe he's put on a couple pounds during the holidays or something and didn't want people seeing him, you know, "in this condition."
Random thought of the week:
Would the Texans actually start Grimes next week if Johnson and Karim are hurt? Seriously?
Next Up: at Tennessee
The Titans squeaked out a win against Jacksonville on Sunday giving hope that the former Oilers can still put a whoppin' on the Texans in Nashville. Fingers crossed.