Originally written December 27, 2012 on State of the Texans:
Seattle_seahawks_v_8aaf
It’s getting closer to the post season and the Houston Texans have not shown the same explosiveness on offense that they have in the first quarter of the season. The Texans hosted the Vikings at Reliant Stadium and were very gracious hosts as they allowed the Vikings to put their feet up on the table and make themselves at home. The game never seemed out of control or out of hand, but the Texans could not capitalize on their offensive possessions.   FINAL SCORE: Texans 6 Vikings 23   TEXANS REGULAR SEASON RECORD: 12-3 TEXANS DIVISIONAL RECORD: 5-0 TEXANS AFC CONFERENCE RECORD: 10-1 TEXANS VS NFC CONFERENCE RECORD:  2-2   GAME SUMMARY   Texans Total Yards: 187 Vikings Total Yards: 345   Texans Passing Yards: 153 Vikings Passing Yards: 171   Texans Rushing Yards: 34 Vikings Rushing Yards: 174   Texans TOP: 25:14 Vikings TOP: 34:46   GAME HIGHLIGHTS     THE GOOD The Texans’ defense did a fantastic job of containing Adrian Peterson by keeping him from making history and keeping him from the 100 yard mark. Glover Quin made Peterson earn every bit of yardage he gained on Sunday. Wherever Peterson was, Quin was his shadow ready to make the tackle. The Texans’ defense as a whole made life difficult for Peterson, but as great a back as Peterson it’s hard to completely pitch a shutout.   THE BAD This was a very frustrating game to watch as a fan. The Texans’ offense looked very lethargic and had no sense of urgency the entire game. The defense played with purpose, but the offense just looked like they knew this game wasn’t important. If this is the type of effort they’re going to give going forward, they will not last long in the playoffs. The Texans looked tired as their execution was pathetic. They were just 1 of 11 on third down due to the majority of their attempts being 8 yards or more. Whatever the Texans were doing at the beginning of the season to average nearly 30 points a game needs to be recaptured before they go into the post season.   THE UGLY Matt Schaub was horrible on Sunday. It seemed as if he was playing scared for some reason. My first thoughts were maybe he is thinking about Vikings defensive end Jared Allen previously going for his knees. Whatever the Vikings were doing, it was getting to Schaub and his execution of the offense was atrocious. Early in the season it wasn’t a problem for the Texans’ defense to bail out the offense in a pinch. Now with everyone gearing up for the playoffs, things have tightened up and the defense needs the offense to produce in order for them to remain fresh. *Injury Note: Brooks Reed tweaked his groin and left the game but all indications are that he is fine and that he will return for the game against the Colts. Arian Foster left the game with an irregular heartbeat but head coach Gary Kubiak says that he was taken out as a precaution and that he will play against the Colts as well. See more analysis and highlights of the game here.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Cowboys' Spillman accused of rape at team hotel

Report: Patriots benched WR for mouthing off to coach

Jose Bautista busts up reporter over Twitter

What to watch in the NL Wild Card game

Sammy Watkins calls out EJ Manuel

Larry Donnell benches himself in fantasy, loses because of it

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Josh Gordon says NFL’s drug policy is harrassment

Steve Smith: Ron Rivera hid in his office after cutting me

Rondo hoping for an opening night return from broken hand

Jon Gruden on Raiders job: 'I'm not thinking about coaching'

Tom Brady defends not congratulating Garoppolo on TD

Ohio State student who ran on field loses full scholarship

Byron Scott explains why Kobe wouldn't make a good coach

WATCH: Mayweather shocked someone doesn’t know who he is

Who is the new face of MLB?

NHL 15 predicts the LA Kings win the Cup again

J.J. Watt buys his mom a new car for her birthday

Ranking the NFL coaches already sitting on the hot seat

WATCH: Smith tells Panthers to go home and mow his lawn

The best games on the NFL slate in Week 5

Aaron Rodgers says smoking gesture a tribute to Jay Cutler

What will the A’s look like in 2015?

Major League Baseball's 2014 All-Disappointment Team

Jeter introduces 'The Players Tribune,' 'The Voice of the Game'

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Scott: Kobe would not be a good coach

Pats WR benched for mouthing off?

What to watch in the NL Wild Card game

Sammy Watkins calls out EJ Manuel

Donnell benches himself in fantasy and loses

Gordon: Drug policy is harrassment

Who is the new face of baseball?

Steve Smith blasts Panthers coach, GM

What will the A’s look like in 2015?

All-Disappointment Team in MLB

Ryan Lochte: Phelps made dumb decision

WATCH: Brett Favre in new commercial

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.