After a slow 2-5 start to the season, the Houston Texans have turned their season around with a large focus on improving their defensive play.
This drastic improvement was seen in their contest against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, when the Texans prevented New Orleans from scoring a touchdown. This was the first time the Saints were held out of the endzone in ten years.
Superstar defensive end, JJ Watt, continued his success at getting to the quarterback this season. He was already leading the entire league in sacks, and added two more to his total, after a big game disrupting Drew Brees’ offense.
Watt now has 13 and a half sacks on the 2015 season and discussed what it meant for his defense to stop Brees’ consecutive games with a passing touchdown streak, “That’s a very high-powered offense with a very good quarterback and very good coaching staff … so it’s everybody doing their job”.
While Watt offered high praise to the New Orleans’ offense, his own offense came out to play against the worst defense in the league. Just a week after Dennis Allen took over as the defensive coordinator for Rob Ryan, New Orleans was not able to slow down the Houston offense.
Brian Hoyer was at the helm for this streaking Texans team, and came out of the gate hot in yesterday’s matchup. On their opening drive, he went 7 for 7 and capped it off with a touchdown pass to Ryan Griffin.
This was Hoyer’s most productive game of the season, going 21 of 27 with 205 yards and two touchdowns through the air. He made one mistake on an interception, but New Orleans was not able to capitalize on it.
Hoyer missed his last start due to a concussion, but after his performance on Sunday, Bill O’Brien will have no trouble keeping him in the starting role.
A big interception on the goal line by Kareem Jackson helped keep the Saints out of the endzone, and kept the momentum going in Houston’s favor.
The Texans have rattled off four wins in a row, after being embarrassed in week 7 by the Miami Dolphins. They gave up 44 points in that game to a rather unimpressive Miami team, but Romeo Crennel has reigned his defense in.
Houston linebacker, Brian Cushing, commented on their drive to fix their defensive mistakes, “Just had a bad taste in or mouth from a couple of those games and just internally promised each other it wouldn’t happen again”.
The Texans will hope to continue their winning streak next week against the Buffalo Bills and the Saints will have to try to hang in there against the undefeated Carolina Panthers.