Texans 19, Bengals 13: Bulls On Parade Are Back, But Schaub Holds Key
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Make no mistake about it. For the first time in weeks, the Texans showed flashes of their former Super Bowl-contending selves.
But without a steadier performance from quarterback Matt Schaub, it won't matter.
The once-famed "Bulls on Parade" defense overwhelmed Cincinnati (10-7) and second-year quarterback Andy Dalton, limiting the Bengals to under 200 yards of offense and only six points in their best performance since the Sunday night game in Chicago almost two months ago.
"It felt like the Bulls on Parade again today," said J.J. Watt, who led the way with five tackles, one sack and two passes defensed.
But the Texans (13-4) still had to hold on for dear life, thanks to a pair of first-half mistakes from Schaub that cost the team 11 points.
"The reason we won today is nobody on this football team ever panics," said head coach Gary Kubiak. "It's got a lot of class."
The playoff mantra is survive and advance, and the Texans certainly did that in recording the second postseason win in team history. But to compete in New England next Sunday, they desperately need the steady second-half version of their quarterback -- not the jittery one seen in the first 30 minutes.