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Texans win easily, keep on marching toward the playoffs

Brian Cushing,  T.J. Ward AP

The Houston Texans are starting to get a hang of this whole “being a good team” thing.

Although they’ve never been to the playoffs in franchise history, the Texans are looking like a playoff team now, remaining in first place in the AFC South with an easy 30-12 win over the Browns on Sunday in Houston.

The Texans did what a good team should do against a bad opponent at home: They jumped out to a big lead and never looked back. It was 14-0 early, 24-3 at halftime and 30-6 with five minutes left in the game. The Browns finally got in the end zone late in the fourth quarter to make the score look a little more respectable, but this was a blowout from start to finish.

Houston’s offense was without its best player, Andre Johnson, once again, but that didn’t matter: Running backs Arian Foster and Ben Tate both topped 100 yards on the ground, the Texans’ rushing total of 263 yards was their best in franchise history, and the game was never in doubt.

What’s also not in doubt is that the Texans are the class of the AFC South. Tennessee may be able to hang around long enough to make this division interesting down the stretch, but it would be a big surprise if the Texans aren’t hosting a playoff game in January.

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10 Responses to “Texans win easily, keep on marching toward the playoffs”
  1. gonzolo4 says: Nov 6, 2011 3:49 PM

    About time, this team has been teasing their fans for some time now.

  2. ejdulock says: Nov 6, 2011 4:01 PM

    Great win! Texans finally looking like a playoff team! It’s been 10 years, but finally us fans are being rewarded

  3. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Nov 6, 2011 4:07 PM

    I’ll keep my hand out for the band wagoners. Please jump on it’s gonna be a fun ride the rest of the season!

    This team is looking great though, wade phillips for coach of the year please. Wish Mario was still around getting sacks but Brooks is a scary dude.

    Getting Daniel Manning back for the last four or so games of the season is gonna be great. He’s gonna be really helpful come playoff time. He mathes up well with some of the other speedsters in the league.

    Can’t wait for Andre to come back too, seriously! It’s gonna be great.

    I really think this is a possible SuperBowl season. The Ravens game today would be a different outcome. They obviously weren’t used to playing without Andre yet.

  4. dawkattack says: Nov 6, 2011 4:08 PM

    That pic looks like Roid Rage lol

  5. realnflmaster says: Nov 6, 2011 4:09 PM

    Where you at Jets haters? Bring on houston, anybody who thinks they’re gonna disrespect us like NE last playoffs and see what happens!

    J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS WOOOOO!

  6. wickedpissah13 says: Nov 6, 2011 4:12 PM

    “Houston’s offense was without its best player, Andre Johnson,”

    Granted the Texans have a good run blocking offensive line, but shouldn’t we be close to declaring Arain Foster the best offensive player on the Texans? The Texans’ offense is better minus Andre’ Johnson than minus Arian Foster.

  7. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Nov 6, 2011 4:19 PM

    HAHA someone who is calling the game and sort of sounds like jaws just said damn

  8. bennprince says: Nov 6, 2011 4:35 PM

    “Roid Rage”… now that’s both original and highly ignorant considering he was bloodied by a cheap shot after a play was over.

  9. oldcracker says: Nov 6, 2011 5:35 PM

    Browns fan since the late 40′s. My team simply SUCKS. Not taking anything away from the Texans but, the Browns make everyone else look like all-stars.

    A lot of holes still need to be filled but we do have a few respectable players. While the defense has improved some, the offense looks lost. Where’s this West Coast Offense? It’s been run left, run right, run up the middle, and then a dink-dunk chuck pass. No wonder the RB’s are getting beat up. I’m surprised that Colt isn’t on the IR.

    I hope someone buys Shurmur a clue this off-season.

  10. vambomarble says: Nov 7, 2011 11:30 AM

    Interesting if you listen to Browns media and coaches, does anybody find it interesting that nobody said “dirty”? I did however hear the Texans referred to as having a “famous Zone blocking Scheme”!

    I thought the Houston offense was going to struggle early and started to get pissed when the first 4 plays Kubiak dialed were pass plays against a pass defense that was supposed to be signficantly stronger than their record.

    Still, Kubiak tends to get cute sometimes and too conservative MOST times… like after the first run back against Texan’s kickoff coverage… simply refused to kick deep and spotting the Browns 1st and 10 on the 35.

    I have to admit it was a complete game…

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