Final Score Arizona 19- Houston-16
The Texans looked extremely good early in the game yesterday when the starters played; Matt Schaub threw a beautiful TD pass to Andre Johnson and Mario Williams sacked Matt Leinart two times. After 3 quarters the Texans lead 16-0 and looked like they were going to shut out Arizona but the Cardinals came back in the 4th quarter to win the game. The biggest news from the game is that rookie runningback Ben Tate suffered a serious ankle injury on a play when he ran 10 yards downfield. His injury is going to require surgery to fix and he is going to miss significant time this year, maybe the entire season. I was really disappointed to see Tate get hurt, he has so much promise and so much potential. I really wanted the Texans to just escape Arizona without any major injuries but Tate’s injury counts as a major blow. Arian Foster looked good in the small amount of time that he played but I think Foster lacks the explosion and agility that Tate has. Steve Slaton ran extremely hard and it was obvious that he was trying to show the coaches that he can still get it done but a fumble on the 1 yard line did not help his case at all. It looks like Foster is going to go forward full steam ahead as the Texans starter at runningback while Jeremiah Johnson and Chris Henry will get looks in the next 3 preseason games to back up Foster.
The defense looked very sharp, they forced two turnovers and stuffed the run of the Cardinal’s 1st team offense. Rookie linebacker Daryl Sharpton made a great impression leading the team with 7 tackles and 1 interception. Second year safety Troy Nolan also had a good game with 2 tackles and an interception. Kareem Jackson didn’t play because he was attending a funeral but Texan’s fans will get a chance to see their top rookie in action next week against the New Orleans Saints. It looks like Bernard Pollard is living up to the hype that has surrounded him in camp; he looks like hes becoming a leader on the field and he backs it up with his play.
Aside from Tate’s injury it was a very succesful outing for the Texans because the starters looked great even though the team lost. There is a lot of promise in the Texan’s explosive offense and newly aggressive defense. Some things the Texans can improve on are red zone offense, run blocking and patience on defense. At times they got a little too aggressive on D and the Cardinals took advantage of the Texan’s rush with draw plays that gained a lot of yards. Gary Kubiak still has a lot of work to do to get his squad ready for the regular season but he should be optimistic with the way his starting offense and defense played.
[picappgallerysingle id="7158884"]Matt Schaub looked sharp against the Cardinals on Saturday.