- Created on Monday, 29 November 2010 09:19
- Last Updated on Thursday, 16 May 2013 07:51
- Written by Travis Pulver
When they faced off against their division rival, the Tennessee Titans, on Sunday they knew they were facing arguably the most electrifying player in the NFL in running back Chris Johnson. However they also knew that they were facing a team forced to start a rookie sixth round draft pick behind center.
Itâ€™s hard to say whether the sixth round draft pick was playing like the inexperienced, long shot that he is or if the horrible Texans defense was finally stepping up. At the end of the day the Titans intercepted Titans QB Rusty Smith three times and held Chris Johnson to five yards on seven carries. Matt Schaub and Arian Foster did enough to lead the team to a 20-0 win.
The recipient of all three interceptions happened to be second year cornerback Glover Quin, who was playing despite having a fractured bone in his right hand. He was also the guy that batted the ball to the Jaguars on the Hail Mary player, costing the Texans the game.
â€śHe came off a humbling experience in Jacksonville and handled it like a man,â€ť coach Gary Kubiak said. â€śI was proud of him today.â€ť
Prior to Sundayâ€™s shutout the Texans had not held an opposing team to less than 24 points. Houston had not kept an opponent off the score board since blanking Jacksonville in week 16 back in 2004. Much like that day, the running game led the way with Arian Foster and Derrick Ward combining for 190 yards.
The most memorable action came during the fourth quarter. Houston wide receiver Andre Johnson and Tennessee cornerback Cortland Finnegan went from doing a little extra shoving one play to an out right brawl on the next. Both players tore off the others helmet, but it appeared as if only Johnson landed any punches. The referees ejected both players once it was done.
â€śI just lost my cool, and I wish that I could take back what happened, but I canâ€™t,â€ť Johnson said after the game. â€śThatâ€™s out of character for me.â€ť
This was not the first time that the two got into some extracurricular activities during the game. Last season Johnson threw Finnegan to the ground by his facemask; he was fined $7.500.
It would not be surprising to see both fined for Sundayâ€™s incident. Finnegan could receive more being a repeat offender when it comes to post-whistle activity. He had already been warned by the league to clean up his act after getting fined earlier in the season after committing a personal foul in three consecutive games.
What makes the win even more compelling is that coupled with losses by both the Jacksonville Jaguars and Indianapolis Colts it brings the Texans right back into the thick of the division title race. At the end of action Sunday the Colts and Jaguars were tied for first with records of 6-5; Houston is not far behind at 5-6.
The Texans will have their hands full trying to get back to .500 when they play the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night.