The Houston Texans are getting on a roll by winning their third in a row, and now they look like the clear cut class of the AFC South. On their first possession of the game Houston drove the ball and scored on a 27 yard touchdown run by Ben Tate.
In Arian Foster’s absence at the beginning of the year, Tate proved to the team that he is a viable option in the running game, and has earned touches even with the return of Foster. With Foster and Tate running the ball as effectively as they have it takes pressure off the passing game, which is still missing Andre Johnson with a torn hamstring. Johnson will most likely be out until after Houston’s bye week.
After recovering a fumble on the ensuing Browns’ possession the Texans were set up at the Cleveland 20 and were able to score with Schaub on a draw play putting Houston ahead 14-0. Midway through the second quarter Arian Foster was able to get in on the action with a 19 yard touchdown run giving Houston a 21-3 lead. Both Foster and Tate finished with over a 100 yards rushing and a touchdown apiece.
Right before the half, Colt McCoy threw a crucial interception to Quinton Demps who returned to into Cleveland territory and set up a 28 yard field goal by Neil Rackers giving Houston a 24-3 lead before the half.
The Texans, now sitting at (6-3) have a great chance at getting themselves a bye week in the playoffs if they can finish the season off strong. A bye will probably take 11 or 12 wins, so if they can get healthy and win their winnable games remaining, they will set themselves up nicely for a deep run in the playoffs. But before they can worry about byes, the Texans will need to take care of a Buccaneers team that is coming off of consecutive losses.