Two of the best offenses in football played on Thursday. One of the worst defenses we’ve seen in a long time did as well.
The Eagles outlasted Houston 34-24 in a game that showed how little margin for error the Texans offense has played with all year. The Texans took the lead for the first time late in the third quarter. 11 minutes later, the Eagles had scored two more touchdowns.
Michael Vick continues to look like he’s play a different game than the rest of the league. He racked up 302 yards passing, led the team in rushing (44 yards), and accounted for three scores.
Facing a key third-and-19 in the fourth quarter, Vick found Brent Celek for 19 yards. Of course, a lot of quarterbacks have looked great against Houston.
The Texans defense is an epic disaster. It will ruin careers. It’s soft up front, and the back seven is laughable in coverage. This wasn’t nearly one of their worst games, and they gave up 34 points.
Owner Bob McNair is in such a tough spot. Coach Gary Kubiak will probably take the fall, but do you want to start over with such a great offense. Matt Schaub (9.4 yards-per-attempt), Arian Foster (109 total yards, 2 scores) and Andre Johnson (149) all played well Thursday night.
The 5-7 Texans are “only” 1.5 games back in the division. But the mediocre AFC South shouldn’t be a reason for hope in Houston. It should be a reminder that the Texans have wasted a great opportunity this year.
You can’t create a defense this bad without organizational failure at every level.