- DeAndre Hopkins – Andre Johnson, one of the most revered figures in Houston sports history, made a great catch to set up the Arian Foster touchdown and 2-point conversion that tied the game at 24. The comeback wouldn’t have been possible, though, without the play of Matt Schaub’s shiny new toy, rookie WR DeAndre Hopkins. Hopkins, or “Baby Dre” as I was affectionately calling him by game’s end, finished with 7 catches for 117 yards – one being for the winning touchdown. A star just may have been born today, and I doubt anybody’s happier about that than the original Dre, Andre Johnson. Batman finally has his Robin! [It’s corny, I know, but humor me here...I had a heart-stopping, gut-wrenching afternoon.]
- Shane Lechler – Who knew punters were lovable? Lechler is a weapon, and I think I’m already…at least really, really fond of him and his booming foot.
- Gary Kubiak conquers the Play Challenge Monster – Kubiak, who doesn’t have much luck with challenging plays calls, actually won two challenges today. An overturned call resulted in the Texans being awarded a pivotal safety in the 4th quarter, and Andre Johnson wasn’t credited with his catch that set up Arian Foster’s late game heroics until it was reviewed. Way to go Gary!
- Matt Schaub and the O-line – Schaub threw a pick-six with about 5 minutes left in the game to put the Texans behind 24-16. His O-line did him no favors today. He was under fire during much of the game, but he really put his team in a hole with little time left to overcome it. Fortunately, Schaub got into a rhythm and was able to come through in the clutch with the help of Andre, DeAndre and Arian.
- Andre Johnson’s Early Exit – Johnson left the game late in the 4th quarter after a big hit by Titans safety Bernard Pollard. He is being evaluated for a possible concussion. Get well soon Dre!
- Randy Bullock – The kicker the Texans drafted in the 5th round in 2012 spent last season on injured reserve. A less than stellar start to the 2013 season may make him, and the team, wish he was on IR again this year. His game-winning FG in week 1 bailed him out of a 1 for 2 performance. No such luck this week, when going 0 for 3 left the Texans needing a two-point conversion to tie the game. The Texans are supportive of their young kicker now, but they may not be for much longer.
- Thanks to Edge-of-Your-Seat Comebacks the last 2 weeks, the Texans are sporting a 2-0 record, and fans know we have a resilient team, but bless
my heartour hearts…I’m just not sure how much more of this I canwe can take. Go Texans!