The first quarter of the 2009 season is complete for the Texans, and they stand with a 2-2 record after beating up on the hapless Oakland Raiders Sunday, 29-6. The Houston defense looked like the second-coming of the 1985 Bears as they held Oakland to just 165 total yards, while hitting Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell nine times and sacking him twice.
"Well, (I) like (DE) Mario Williams' effort and (DT) Amobi (Okoye), and of course everyone's effort, and (DE Antonio's (Smith) effort to the quarterback," Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said. "I think we got him what, like three times. And we're probably at six or seven when we were there making him throw the ball again and that's what we need to be able to do. And a big test this week where we're going we'll get plenty of chances to rush the quarterback there."
Is the Texans defense finally turning the corner or did they just play one of the most anemic offenses in the history of the NFL?
"My response to that would probably just be, go back and watch the film on everybody that played them and then watch our film," Texans defensive end Antonio Smith told reporters. "You make your own educated guess on that."
Was this the same defensive unit that allowed the Jacksonville Jaguars to throw all over them a week ago? Was it the same team that allowed Maurice Jones-Drew to score three times untouched? What has changed, other than the opponent?
"We ran the same plays that we ran the whole season, we just executed them better this time," Texans corner Dunta Robinson said. "It was on the players to go out there and get the job done. We called the exact same plays that we called all season. We went out there, got beyond the quarterback, we did a good job on the back end not giving up any big plays and these are the results you get. We just have to go out there and play football."
The Texans went out and played well, especially on defense. Seemingly, every team that's played against the Raiders has played well on defense. Although the Texans and their fans should feel good about the victory, not too much should be made of it.
"It was a win," Texans right tackle Eric Winston said following the game. "Any time you win in this league it is what it is, but we've just got to continue to get better and continue to improve."
The Texans have now evened their record at two up and two down, but they will now take to the road and visit defending NFC champion Arizona, followed by a trip to surprising Cincinnati. The Texans will play four of their next five games on the road, and the only home game will be against San Francisco, who is currently in first place. This was a much needed victory after last weekend's shootout loss against Jacksonville, but it was only one game, and the next five weeks will determine how far the Texans will go this year.