Texans 31, Chargers 28: A Tale of Two Halves as Texans Win on Tuesday Morning Football
What did we learn from the game?
The Texans have never been good at adapting to in-game changes by the opposition. Kubiak has often been criticized for his lack of imagination during the game despite being one of the brightest minds in offensive scheming in the NFL. Employing the sugar huddle and pushing the tempo in general was a game changer and it came after the half. He must continue that kind of outside the box thinking if the Texans are going to match up with the best of the best in this league. And make no mistake, the Chargers are not one of those teams.
What do we never want to see/hear again?
I never want to hear Trent Dilfer discussing how the Texans will never win a Super Bowl because of their inability to defend elite quarterbacks as a means of praising Philip Rivers. He's got talent, but let's not lump him in with Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, please.
Key Moment of the Game
The Texans were still down 7 with 9:30 left in the fourth quarter when Rivers dropped back to pass deep in his own end of the field. When he tried to dump it in the flat, Brian Cushing, who had been quiet most of the night, made a leaping catch, sprung to his feet and rumbled into the end zone for a touchdown tying the game at 28. The Texans were already playing well and the momentum had swung in their direction, but the big play by Cushing all but sealed the deal.
Game Ball: Matt Schaub
There's really no argument. For as much criticism as he has taken, Schaub was money virtually the entire night. He even showed some mobility out there and made great decisions at all the right times.