Monday, August 25, 2014


On a night that in ideally suited circumstances would have featured four of the NFL's most dynamic pass rushers in JJ Watt, Von Miller, DeMarcus Ware, and Texans rookie Jadeveon Clowney, the Texans rookie 4th round draft pick, Tom Savage, upstaged them all by offering the biggest entertainment value of the night. Savage did so by navigating the Texans to a come from behind 18-17 victory over the Denver Broncos.

Savage drove the Texans 74 yards, hitting Ryan Griffin in stride with a bullet for a 31-yard TD with 59 seconds left in the 4th quarter. Texans head coach, Bill O'Brien, wasted no time in giving off what many Texans fans perceived as an indicator that he's the "anti-Kubiak" by deciding to go for the 2-point conversion. Savage hit former Johnny Manziel target from Texas A&M, Travis Labhart, for the 2-point conversion. Labhart's reception sealed the Texans second victory of the pre-season sending there pre-season record to 2-1.

JJ Watt played a few snaps of the first series and Broncos LB Von Miller played one series for Denver. For Miller it was his initial action since tearing his right ACL last December.
Jadeveon Clowney sat this one out after getting banged around in practice during the week.

Peyton Manning was Peyton Manning, going 21-of-27 for 243 yards in the first half. Manning's low-lights and highlights included Texans second year CB, A.J. Bouye, picking Manning off early in the second quarter, and Manning connecting twice on TDs to Emanuel Sanders, including a 67-yard connection.

A.J. Bouye and strong safety Eddie Pleasant were burned on Manning's 67-yard TD pass to Sanders with only1:07 left in the first half. This accounted for one of the Texans few head-scratching moments on the night.

For Ryan Fitzpatrick, it was a second consecutive week of serviceable QB play throwing for 80 yards on 10-for-17 passing.
The Texans run game and special teams were effective again in back-to-back weeks offering the most noted critics a door for a ray of optimism to creep in.

Last week, I cautioned Texans fans to consider during the euphoria after the win over Atlanta to take into consideration that Atlanta was a team coming off a 4-12 season in 2013. It's only fair that I step aside this week and allow TEXANS FANS some "shine time" to remind me and others that the Broncos were in the Super Bowl last season.

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