Last night the Houston Texans demonstrated a sample of what fans can expect for the 2006 season as they out scored the Kansas City Chiefs 14-24 at Reliant Stadium in the first preseason game of the year.
With this victory, the Texans have won their first preseason opener since 2004 when Houston defeated the Dallas 18-0.
Houston started the game going 4 and out after being unable to convert a Third and 1 situation. The second drive put together by the Texans lasted just over seven minutes and went a total of 65 yards for a touchdown. Rookie RB Wali Lundy finished the drive with a three yard run up the middle and into the endzone, putting the home team in front 7-0.
Kansas City answered back in the second quarter, but second string quarterback Sage Rosenfels was able to march the Texans 65 yards downfield in 8 plays, culminating with Rosenfels running it around the right end 5 yards and a touchdown with only 2 minutes left to play in the first half.
The Texans had a great opportunity to score with a reverse around the left end that sent rookie WR David Anderson 11 yards for a touchdown. Unfortunately, the touchdown was called back due to a holding call on Derrick Lewis. The only score in the third quarter came just after that from Kris Brown with a 22 yard field goal.
Heading into the fourth quarter, hopes were running high in Reliant Stadium as the Texans held a 17-7 lead over the Chiefs.
In the forth quarter the offense was handed to QB Quinton Porter. The Texans put together a scoring drive early in the quarter. The drive lasted 7:40 and took the Texans 71 yard in 13 plays. Rookie RB Damien Rhodes went behind the left guard for a 4 yard touchdown run, stretching the Texans lead even further.
The Chiefs were finally able to get one final touchdown past the Texans defense to end the game with a Texans victory.
After the game, Coach Kubiak commented on how he felt about the contest, saying "I like how hard we played. I thought we were still pretty sloppy at times. I think the coaches probably needed this preseason game more than anybody. I expected them to play hard and they did."
The Texans rookies did very well in their first live contest in the NFL. 6th round draft pick RB Wali Lundy rushed 9 times for a total of 59 yards and a touchdown, leading the team in rushing. His longest rush came on his first play in the NFL where he carried the ball 25 yards downfield. 2nd round draft pick LB DeMeco Ryans made 6 tackles – 4 solo, leading for most tackles on the team for the night. 7th round pick TE Owen Daniels made 4 receptions for 29 yards, and led the team in receptions and receiving yards.
First overall draft pick DE Mario Williams commanded double teams in his first game. "I was really excited," Williams said. "I think should have calmed down just a little bit."
The Texans offense set numerous preseason franchise records last night, including most touchdowns in a preseason game. The offense also allowed no sacks the entire game for only the second time in franchise's preseason history.
The Texans defense also did pretty well, taking down the Chiefs' quarterbacks a total of 5 times and recovered a fumble. They also only allowed the opposing offense a franchise low of 172 yards.
This year, it seems the Texans are prepared to win under new Head Coach Gary Kubiak. With his style of offense and the support of his coaching staff, the Texans are poised to have their best season yet.