November 19, 2012
Where else would the kind of offensive display that occurred Sunday in Houston happen but in the Lone Star State? The 9-1 Texans had their hands full with the plucky 1-9 Jacksonville Jaguars, and the sole reason was the firepower both teams brought to bear. Consider: Houston's Matt Schaub passed for 527 yards to tie former Houston Oilers quarterback Warren Moon for the second-most passing yards in an NFL game. Norm Van Brocklin holds the record with 554 yards for the Los Angeles Rams in 1951.
October 10, 2012 |
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Matt Schaub may not get as much notoriety as Arian Foster, Andre Johnson or J.J. Watt, but the 31-year-old quarterback is just as responsible for the Houston Texans' 5-0 start as any of the team's other stars. You see, Schaub doesn't get it done with the flash of Foster, the speed of Johnson or the strength of Watt. He just gets it done. "[Matt's] knowledge of the offense is as good as Kub's [coach Gary Kubiak's] knowledge of the offense," Texans tight end Owen Daniels said following Houston's 23-17 victory over the New York Jets on Monday night.
January 15, 2012 |
BALTIMORE - The Baltimore Ravens and Houston Texans are quite content to run against the grain in the pass-happy NFL. Baltimore relies heavily on running back Ray Rice and a stingy defensive unit led by Pro Bowl linebackers Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs. Houston depends on the rushing prowess of Arian Foster and the NFL's second-ranked defense. Neither team intends to alter that approach in Sunday's playoff game, so the one that stays true to form the longest likely will advance to the AFC championship game.
January 8, 2012 |
The Houston Texans turned to their kids, then to their stars, to win the first playoff appearance in franchise history, a 31-10 rout of the bungling Cincinnati Bengals. Rookie J.J. Watt's leaping interception return for a touchdown late in the first half propelled the Texans in Saturday's AFC wild-card game. Third-string quarterback T.J. Yates, another rookie pressed into action, threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Andre Johnson, and Arian Foster followed with his second touchdown of the game, a 42-yard run in the fourth quarter, to finish off the Bengals (9-8)
January 3, 2012 |
Before we close the books on another exciting/frustrating/awesome/unpredictable (circle one) fantasy season, we must take a quick stroll back through 2011 to examine the players we rooted for and against and - with as much objectivity as we can muster - give credit where credit is due. As always, our annual accolades (and condemnations) have but a few important criteria: 1. Consistency on a weekly basis is next to godliness. 2. Production during the fantasy playoffs - for our purposes, NFL Weeks 14 through 16 - is given extra weight.
December 12, 2011 |
CINCINNATI - A rookie quarterback led the biggest drive in Houston Texans history, one that took them to the end zone and their first playoff berth. T.J. Yates threw a 6-yard touchdown pass with two seconds left on Sunday for a 20-19 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals that put the 10-year Texans in the playoffs for the first time. With their seventh straight win, the Texans (10-3) moved to the threshold of the playoffs. They hugged on the field then headed to the locker room, waiting for the final seconds of Tennessee's game to play out. When time ran out on the Titans, preserving New Orleans' 22-17 victory, the Texans - who entered the league in 2002 - celebrated the AFC South title.
October 3, 2011 |
HOUSTON - Andre Johnson turned upfield, fell awkwardly forward and clutched the back of his right leg. In past seasons, an injury to their All-Pro receiver would've doomed the Texans. That was before they had Arian Foster. Foster rushed for 155 yards and scored the go-ahead touchdown after Johnson left with a hamstring injury, leading the Texans to a 17-10 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers yesterday. "I go into every contest thinking that I'm the go-to guy," Foster said.
September 2, 2011 |
In a perfect fantasy world, my starting lineup this season would feature Aaron Rodgers, Adrian Peterson, Chris Johnson, Andre Johnson, Roddy White, Greg Jennings, and Antonio Gates. That would be the same perfect world in which my teenagers admit I'm always right, Mila Kunis stalks me, and snow would start falling in Dallas today. Alas, since our fellow owners are unlikely to cede the entire first round to us, we'll simply have to work smarter to assemble the most dominant team in our league.
August 25, 2011 |
SCOUTING REPORT Danny Amendola, St. Louis: The thought is he could become the Wes Welker new offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels had in New England. Thing is, Amendola already is. He had 85 catches last year, but for only 689 yards. Miles Austin, Dallas: Numbers slipped across the board last year after Tony Romo (collarbone) got hurt. But Romo has had a good camp and Austin's value is up. Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City: He will have to find consistency to take that next step up the wide receiver food chain.
October 29, 2010 |
THE NFL opened up the ballot box the other day and is now soliciting votes for its annual Pro Bowl. How nice. Generally, around this time of the year, some players start to separate themselves and become Pro Bowl candidates and fantasy stalwarts. It starts to become clear who are studs and who are stiffs. But this year, just like many of the league's teams, the projected top players are like crabs in a barrel trying to escape the boiling pot of mediocrity. Tennessee's Chris Johnson has four games in which he has run for 100 yards and three in which he has run for fewer than 70. So while the NFL paints the rosy picture of parity, fantasy fans are left to sort through a bunch of Mona Lisas with mustaches.