Found December 27, 2012 on
State of the Texans:
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
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
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.
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.
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.
BEST OF MAXIM
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is having a monster year, and a miraculous one at that. After tearing his ACL and MCL on December 26, 2011, Peterson came back this year with a purpose, defying the medical norm for recovery of an injury of that nature.
Now he's poised to break the single-season rushing record.
But he'll need a very big game against the Green...
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Adrian Peterson never doubted himself during his recovery from major knee surgery. One game and 208 yards away from the single-season NFL rushing record, he isn't going to start now.Peterson, who leads the league with 1,898 rushing yards and is 207 away from Eric Dickerson's single-season record, believes the record will fall Sunday when the Minnesota...
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- If Adrian Peterson is able to become the NFL's all-time rushing leader this Sunday, the Vikings' star running back will have to thank the Green Bay Packers for playing such a significant role in his record-breaking season.
Peterson, who ran for 210 yards against the Packers on Dec. 2 at Lambeau Field, will pass Eric Dickerson's 28-year-old record of...
Adrian Peterson is on the precipice of history. The Minnesota Vikings' All-World running back needs 102 yards to eclipse the 2,000 mark, and 208 yards to break Eric Dickerson's NFL record of 2,105.
Despite a ton of admiration, the Green Bay Packers -- his Week 17 opponent -- don't want to be on the wrong side of the record books.
"I mean, I respect Adrian Peterson...
Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson was kept out of pracrice on Wednesday, according to a St. Paul Pioneer Press report. He's dealing with a sore abdomen.Fantasy Spin:AD's quest for the single-season rushing yards record took a major hit Sunday after Peterson rushed for just 86 yards on 25 carries. He'll need a monster effort against the Packers next week to have any shot...
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Adrian Peterson's spot in the Pro Bowl was never in doubt, just another footnote in his remarkable recovery from knee surgery. Wednesday, three of Peterson's teammates discovered they would be joining him.
The NFL announced the initial rosters for the Pro Bowl to be played in Honolulu on Jan. 17, 2013 and the Minnesota Vikings had four players selected...
Eric Dickerson was a great running back. But even if he still holds the single-season rushing record after this Sunday, when Adrian Peterson and his surgically repaired knee will be done churning out of the Minnesota backfield, chances are that Peterson will have done something Dickerson could have never touched.
Peterson is about to change the way the NFL plays offense.
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- A Vikings win and they'll be playing in the postseason. A Packers win and they're the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoffs and will have a first-round bye. Oh, yeah, and Adrian Peterson is 208 rushing yards away from breaking the NFL's all-time mark that's been held by Eric Dickerson since 1984.
This is as good as it could possibly get for a Week 17...
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. The Minnesota Vikings went back to work Wednesday, preparing for Sunday's win-and-in playoff scenario against the Green Bay Packers in the regular-season finale, but were without running back Adrian Peterson, defensive end Jared Allen and cornerback Antoine Winfield.
Peterson, who is 102 yards away from being just the seventh player in NFL history to rush...
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson missed practice
Wednesday due to an abdomen injury, reports Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.
While it’s never good to be absent from practice due to
injury-related reasons, it’s clear that Peterson will suit up Sunday when the
Vikings take on the Green Bay Packers, according to Florio.
Peterson undoubtedly will play; Frazier...
Sensational comebacks have Peyton Manning and Adrian Peterson headed for the Pro Bowl.
Also selected Wednesday to the NFL's all-star game was Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III.
Manning missed all of the 2011 season with neck and back problems that required several operations. He then signed with Denver as a free agent and has led the Broncos on a 10-game winning...
The Vikings moved up two spots, to 12th, in the latest AP Pro32 power rankings, and the national media are starting to see more than just Adrian Peterson as assets on the team.
WIN AND IN!
Never in a million years. Never would I have thought that, this year, the Minnesota Vikings would be sitting at 9-6 on the year, guaranteed a winning record for the season (WHAT?!), in a position to play a meaningful game to get them into the playoffs in their last game of the season against their rival the Green Bay Packers, and that they would beat the Houston Texans...
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. The Minnesota Vikings couldn't have gotten any better health news in advance of Sunday's win-and-in playoff scenario.
Minnesota (9-6), which can earn a playoff spot with a win Sunday at home against the NFC North champion Green Bay Packers (11-4), expect to have leading rusher Adrian Peterson, 14-year veteran cornerback Antoine Winfield and defensive...
Well, This is Very Exciting:
Who knew, right? What if we were chatting casually over a fine glass of port on a mid-summer's eve, lauding the game of professional football and discussing our favorite collection of athletes to play for the team associated with our state. What if I had told you that, with one game left to play in the upcoming season, our team or Norseman would...