HOUSTON - It was just one drive, but it was a possession that might come to represent so much more than seven points for the Texans.
The Texans utilized 13 plays and six minutes, 43 seconds to cover 90 yards on their opening possession against the Titans last Sunday. Rookie quarterback T.J. Yates completed all four of his attempts for 47 yards despite suffering a left (non-throwing) shoulder injury on the first play. Backup tailbacks Ben Tate and Derrick Ward combined for 44 yards on eight attempts. It was an impressive show of offensive might.
The Texans had showcased similar proficiency in the earliest stages of games previously, but that was with Matt Schaub under center and before the team rolled into its open week on a four-game winning streak. In the several weeks since, the Texans hadn't been as prolific.
"It was important for the team, the fast starts that we've been getting off to throughout the course of the year," said coach Gary Kubiak, whose Texans (10-6) will host t...