Found October 23, 2012 on
Fox Sports Southwest:
HOUSTON (AP) -- The Texans needed a win over Baltimore to enter their bye with the AFC's best record.
The lopsided victory gave them that, and clearly separated them from the second-place Ravens and the rest of the conference.
Still, the Texans (6-1) know they can't be too impressed with what they've accomplished so far.
"You can't look at the big picture because when you get too far ahead of yourself, that's when bad things happen," Andre Johnson said.
But with a dominant defense allowing the second fewest points in the AFC coupled with the second-highest scoring offense in the conference, they've become the team to beat in the AFC.
Aside from Houston and Baltimore, New England (4-3) is the only AFC team with more than three wins. Houston will get a shot at the Patriots on Dec. 10.
The Texans are well on their way to winning a second-straight AFC South title with a three-game lead over second-place Indianapolis (3-3).
Houston's only loss this season was to the NFC's Green Bay Packers. Their average margin of victory in their six wins, all over AFC teams, is more than 17.6 points this season.
With a goal of reaching the Super Bowl a season after making the playoffs for the first time in franchise history, the Texans are well aware of the importance of AFC supremacy.
"That's what you work for," defensive end J.J. Watt said. "That's why we put in all the time and the effort. I think it's a testament to the way we attack each week. We have the mentality of focus and preparation. Nobody ever gets complacent. Nobody ever feels safe. Nobody ever feels that we're where we want to be at yet. Everybody knows what the main goal is and we're not there yet, so we're going to work to get there."
The outstanding play of Watt, who is in his second season, has been a big part of Houston's defensive success. He leads the NFL in sacks with 9 and he's tied for second in the league in passes defended with 10. The Texans are second in the AFC in yards allowed (283), interceptions (9) and sacks (21).
There was some concern a week ago after Houston lost 42-24 to the Packers in its first game without linebacker Brian Cushing, who is out for the season with a knee injury. But the defense bounced back on Sunday when the unit held Baltimore to a season-low 176 yards.
"It was right after a tough loss, a bad loss," linebacker Brooks Reed said. "So to have a game like that really boosted our confidence back up again, kind of reassured us as players and the coaches that we do have something special."
Of course, Houston's offense has certainly held its own to complement the defensive success. Arian Foster leads the NFL with 659 yards rushing and Owen Daniels is third in yards receiving for a tight end with 416. Quarterback Matt Schaub has rebounded from a broken foot that kept him out of Houston's postseason run last year to throw for 1,650 yards and 10 touchdowns. But more important than his statistics has been the way he's led the Texans this season.
"He's managed the game," offensive coordinator Rick Dennison said. "He gets our guys going. I think he's stepped up leadership wise. I think he's done a tremendous job."
The Texans return from their bye next week to host Buffalo. Coach Gary Kubiak said it's too early to talk about being atop the AFC, and insists they're only focused on the Bills. He is happy with the progress of his team so far, and looking forward to what it can do the rest of the season.
"The thing that I'm most excited about our team is that I don't think we've touched the surface of what we can be up front. I think we can be much better," he said. "I think receiver we're only going to get better. I see our team getting a lot better throughout the course of the season so we're going to stay away from that one. We're just going to try to play every week and find a way to win every week and see what happens here down the road."
BEST OF MAXIM
Last weekend’s victory over the Baltimore Ravens left many fans with plenty to be optimistic about. Just one week after losing defensive captain Brian Cushing to a season ending ACL injury and getting absolutely beat down by the Green Bay Packers, the Texans bounced back in a big way to seize soul ownership of the title “Best in the AFC” by taking down the now second place...
The Houston Texans dominated the Baltimore Ravens in just about every category Sunday. That included the trash talk. J.J. Watt's on-field taunts were caught by a microphone Sunday as the Texans dismantled the Ravens 43-13, and the 6-foot-5, 295-pound Watt let 5-foot-8 running back Ray Rice know what he thought of him. "I've eaten burritos bigger than you...
Ben Tate has a strained hamstring, an injury picked up in Sunday's statement win over the Baltimore Ravens.
The Texans can probably be excused for having one eye on New Orleans in February and should the road to the Super Bowl in the AFC not go through Houston, then it's safe to assume that something calamitous would have taken place between now and Week 17.
The Houston Texans proved on Sunday afternoon that they are indeed the team to beat in the AFC. But even more so, with a 43-13 rout of the Ravens, the Texans firmly asserted themselves as the best team in the NFL.
Okay, so the Atlanta Falcons are still undefeated and playing about as well as any team in football. But even a perfect record can't strip the Texans of their title...
If you haven't heard the hype over Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt yet, you probably don't watch football much. Watt already has 34 tackles and 9.5 sacks after week 7 this year. Absolutely huge numbers to go along with a huge frame. The guy is just a beast, it's a strait up fact.
Along with his numbers, he also provides the Texans with some good laughs...
J.J. Watt had a microphone on this past Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens. He lets Ravens running back Ray Rice know, “I have eaten burritos bigger than you.” Watch it here. (Excuse the sound quality) Disclaimer: We do not own this video, we are sharing it for entertainment purposes only.
In an impressive bounce back game, the Houston Texans finally defeated the Baltimore Ravens for the first time in franchise history with a score of 43-13. The defense looked like their old self, while the offense took to the air to rack up yards against a depleted Ravens team.
Head Coach Gary Kubiak showed some determination by not letting off the gas and kept pounding the football...
The Houston Texans hosted the Baltimore Ravens in a game that had immediate and future implications on the seating in the AFC. In this game, both teams were playing for the top seed in the AFC. The Texans had a little bit extra to play for as they were bulldozed the previous week by the Packers and the Texans needed a good showing. The Texans also needed to win this game after coming...
Last week: 2 (+0) Record: 6-1 I thought about moving Houston back up into the #1 spot, but let’s see how good the Ravens actually are first. If they’re as bad as the Texans made them look, then that’s not as impressive of a win and the Texans’ struggles with the only good NFC team [...]
Sunday’s contest between the Houston Texans and Baltimore Ravens was billed as a likely AFC Championship Game preview. If that is so, fans in Houston must be dancing today. From about the eight minute mark in the first quarter, this one was all Texans as they cruised to a thirty point thrashing of the Ravens; their first win over Baltimore in franchise history.
A week after...
Ravens fans hope this won’t become routine RAVENS – 13TEXANS – 43 Sunday afternoon at Reliant Stadium was not a pretty one for the Baltimore Ravens. The Houston Texans dominated in every facet of the game and are now standing alone atop the AFC standings. Houston took it to the Ravens in the running game, the passing game, on defense, virtually every aspect of the game the...
The Houston Texans gave way to the Chicago Bears in Week 6, but they're back atop our Power Rankings yet again, and they arrived in dominant fashion.
During last night’s ESPN sound tracks, there was a part where Texans defensive end J.J. Watt was mic’d up and he told Ravens running back Ray Rice that he’s burritos … Continue reading »
Don't Forsett About MePhoto Credit: John Martinez Pavliga
First off I would like to say that Andrew Luck should now be considered a running back in standard fantasy leagues. Now that the elephant is out of the room, we can progress with our fantasy football lives. Eli Manning gets **** done and not a single TE this year has been “great.” Frustration continues on the whole...
Baltimore Ravens vs. Houston Texans: Hero and Zero of the Game Both the Baltimore Ravens and the Houston Texans had a record of 5-1 coming into this Week 7 match-up. This game was a rematch of the January 15, 2012 playoff game, in which the Ravens beat the Texans by a score of 20-13. What a difference a season makes, as the Texans were frustrating hosts for the Ravens’...