On Sunday September 9th the Houston Texans defeated the Miami Dolphins 30-10. Last year the Texans lost quarterback Matt Schaub and wide receiver Andre Johnson for multiple games. Coming into the opener both players were looking to show that they had returned and were ready to contribute. In the absence of Schaub and Johnson the Texans relied heavily on the running game. Arian Foster and when he was
out Ben Tate became the focal point of the offense. Things were a bit different against the Dolphins.
Having both quarterback and receiver in the lineup allowed the Texans to run a much more balanced offense. Schaub attempted 31 passes while the team had 35 rushing attempts. True Foster had two rushing touchdowns but the real show was put on by Schaub and Johnson. Schaub was 20 for 31 for 266 one touchdown and no interceptions. While Johnson had a monster day catching 8 passes for 119 and one touchdown. (Fantasy owners definitely noticed)
The game started slow for both teams with score standing at 3-0 with Miami leading after the first quarter. In the second quarter the Houston offense was able to shake off the rust and rolled up 24 points on the Dolphins, including the touchdown throw and catch of Schaub to Johnson. Not to be overlooked in the quarter are the two touchdowns by Foster. Coming into the game Foster was a game time decision and many analysts speculated that the team would lean on backup Tate, Foster had other ideas. His stat line for the game was 26 rushes for 79 yards with 2 touchdowns. (Congratulations to all fantasy owners who stood by their man)
The Texans also showed they made the right decision so far on an injured player from last year they chose not to keep. Mario Williams left the Texans for a huge contract from the Buffalo Bills. In the blowout loss to the New York Jets Williams was held to only on tackle and had zero sacks for the Bills.
It is only the first week of the season but the Texans showed what the team can do when hitting on all cylinders. If the team can keep all of their offensive weapons healthy this can be a championship caliber team.