I have nothing to rant about with the Houston Texans this week. The team looked really good while defeating the Cincinnati Bengals 35-6. It was fun to watch. There’s just nothing to bitch about. It was nice to watch the team go for the kill for once instead of getting the lead then letting the other team get back into the game.
The win was the third straight for the Texans, which is a team record. The margin of victory, 29 points, was also a team record. Let’s hope that setting records doesn’t go to their heads.
But things are not all rosy for the Texans. They’ve been home for the past month, and now they go back on the road, where they are 4-15 during Gary Kubiak’s tenure as head coach. And of those 15 losses, only three have been close losses, while eight of them have been by 19 or more points.
And while the Texans have the second best offense in the NFL over the past five games, it’s safe to say that none of the teams that they have been rolling up yardage on have a defense as good as the Minnesota Vikings, who are the next team that the Texans face. The Vikings are eighth in total defense in the NFL.
But let’s forget about the Vikings for now. Let’s just sit back and enjoy the Texans’ victory and their three game winning streak.
SOME MISCELLANEOUS NFL NOTES:
Ahman Green appears to have suffered another groin injury – I guess that four games were too many for him to get through without injury. “He is a concern right now, but I stopped by his locker,” Gary Kubiak said Sunday, “and he told me he’ll be fine, so I’m going to trust him.”
Now maybe it’s just me, but hasn’t this team gotten into enough trouble because of trusting Ahman Green? I think that Steve Slaton has more than shown himself capable of being the primary running back. I just don’t see the need to keep Green around.
The implosion of the Dallas Cowboys was put off for at least one more game as the Cowboys defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 13-9 on Sunday. Head coach Wade Phillips took over the defensive play calling duties for the game, and the Cowboys, who had given up six touchdowns and 64 points in the previous two games, held the Bucs to no touchdowns.
This was the first time the Bucs failed to score a touchdown since game one of the 2006 season. The Bucs had five drives inside the Cowboys’ 25-yard line, but came away with only three field goals.
The Kansas City Chiefs had only three interceptions coming into Sunday’s game against the New York Jets. Now they have six as Brett Favre had one of his signature games in which he plays down to the level of the competition.
Favre was outplayed by Chiefs quarterback Tyler Thigpen, who went 25 for 36, with 280 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. Favre however was so bad that he was roundly booed by the New York fans after his third interception, which was returned for a touchdown with 7:48 left in the game and put Kansas City in the lead. Even Joe Namath was upset with Favre and the Jets offense.
Favre did turn the crowd back into his favor as he tossed a TD pass with 1:05 left to give the Jets the win.
The Tennessee Titans defeated the Indianapolis Colts 31-21 last night to go 7-0 for the first time in franchise history -- including Houston Oilers history. LenDale White scored two TDs for the Titans as they scored on all of their second half possessions.
Not only are the Titans 7-0 for the season, but they have also won ten straight regular season games. And perhaps more important, with the win, the Titans grabbed a four game lead in the AFC South.
And for any of you who are interested, the Texans are tied for second place in the AFC South with the Colts and the Jaguars.
But my favorite performances of the weekend happened not in Houston, and not during an actual game, but in San Francisco after the game.
Let’s start with Danyelle Sargent, sideline reporter for Fox Sports who decided to have a little chat with new San Francisco 49ers coach Mike Singletary. Most sideline interviews are useless anyway, but this one stands out because she asked Singletary about his dinner with mentor Bill Walsh after Singletary was hired for the Niners coaching spot. The only problem being that Walsh died over a year ago. You’ve got to wonder if some of the reporters ever do their homework.
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But it gets better. During the game, Niners tight end Vernon Davis got hit with an unsportsmanlike penalty. Singletary attempted to talk to Davis, and when Davis refused to listen, Singletary sent him to the locker room. That in turn led to the best post-game press conference since Dennis Green went off after the Cardinals lost to the Bears several seasons ago.
So ladies and gentlemen, I give you Mike Singletary in the best performance of the weekend.
-- John Royal