The Houston Texans are achieving what seems like the impossible, which is winning games with their third string quarterback, T.J. Yates. Although, Yates has not played all that bad, the real reason behind the Texans’ continued success is that the defense has played absolutely great with Wade Philips as the defensive coordinator. The defense has improved dramatically since last season when they were one of the worst pass defenses in the league.
Houston’s defense was able to intercept two Matt Ryan passes in the first quarter, while the offense was able to put up 10 unanswered points before the Falcons were able to get a field goal. The Atlanta Falcons were able to tie the game at 10 late in the third quarter. Arian Foster was able to break the tie with a one yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter. Foster gained 111 yards on 31 carries and additional 41 yards receiving.
Coming down the stretch, Houston still has a great shot at getting a first round bye in the postseason. One piece of bad news for the Texans is that Andre Johnson hurt his other hamstring and will miss 1-2 weeks. And despite winning with Yates at the helm, the Texans decided to sign former pro-bowler Jeff Garcia. Garcia had been playing in the UFL, and should be able to fit right in, if called upon. Do not be surprised if Garcia is called upon to be an important part of Houston’s playoff push.