words // Brandon Richard
The Houston Texans are finally in a position to unseat the Indianapolis Colts and claim their first AFC South Title, but the injury bug has been unkind to them. They’ve lost quarterback Matt Schaub and defensive end Mario Williams for the entire season. At different points this year, their two best offensive weapons Andre Johnson and Arian Foster have missed time with injurires. However, just when you’re ready to count the Texans out, they find a way to continue their winning ways. Down to their third-string quarterback T.J. Yates after backup Matt Leinart was injured last week, the short-handed Texans faced an uphill battle on Sunday, taking on the surging Atlanta Falcons.
Somebody forgot to tell Houston that they weren’t supposed to win the game. The Texans’ top-ranked defense forced Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan to make tough throws all day. Ryan completed just 20 of his 26 passes and was picked off twice. Yates wasn’t off the charts, but he played a poised game in the midst of a hectic week. He connected on 12 passes for 188 yards and a touchdown, but most importantly did not throw any interceptions. Running back Arian Foster tacked on a fourth quarter touchdown to give the Texans a big 17-10 victory, their sixth-straight win.
Also on the early part of the schedule, the Seattle Seahawks kicked off the week with a 31-14 win over the reeling Philadelphia Eagles; the Tennessee Titans shocked the fading Buffalo Bills with a 23-17 victory; the Tyler Palko-led Kansas City Chiefs pulled off a surprising 10-3 win in Chicago; the Miami Dolphins delivered a blow to the Oakland Raiders’ division title hopes with a lopsided 34-14 win; the Denver Broncos moved to the top of the AFC West with a 35-32 comeback victory against the Minnesota Vikings; not the match-up it once was, the New England Patriots pushed past the winless Indianapolis Colts 31-24; Pittsburgh made a statement with a 35-7 win over the division rival Cincinnati Bengals; “Super” Cam Newton set a quarterback rushing TD record in Carolina’s 38-19 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers; and the New York Jets’ 34-19 win in Washington gives them two-straight.
T.J. Yates scrambles in the Nike Alpha Speed TD.
Andre Johnson took the field in BCT Speed Mid Jordan football cleats.
Marshawn Lynch goes “beast mode” in the upcoming Vapor Talon Elite Nike football cleats.
Damian Williams anticipates making a catch in the Nike Zoom Vapor Carbon Fly.
Kyle Orton played exactly one play for the Chiefs in the Nike Air Zoom Super Bad 3 before breaking his finger.
Reggie Bush breaks a run open in the adidas Scorch X Superfly Mid.
Dmaryius Thomas of the Broncos tries to make a grab in the Nike Air Zoom Huarache II.
Rob Gronkowski celebrates a touchdown reception in Zoom Hyperfly TD Nike football cleats.
Antonio Brown invades Steelers Country wearing the Nike Super Speed D 3/4.
Cam Newton airs it out in CompFit Highlight Under Armour football cleats.
Santonio Holmes makes a touchdown grab in NFL Molded Burner Speed Low Reebok football cleats.
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