Texans fall to Vikings 23-6, leave AFC homefield up for grabs

The Houston Texans went into last weeks game with a chance to secure home field advantage in the playoffs if they were able to stop RB Adrian Peterson and the Vikings. While Peterson was held under 100 yards for the 1st time in 9 weeks, the Texans still couldn’t pull out a win against the then 8-6 Vikings. Losing their 2nd game at home this season, both losses come from the NFC North with the other team being the Green Packers.

The Houston Texans were able to hold Adrian Peterson to 86 yards rushing on 25 carries in the loss.

The Houston Texans defense were able to hold Adrian Peterson to 86 yards rushing on 25 carries in the loss.

The Texans just never for going offensively this week. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Texans offense move the ball that ineffectively since Gary Kubiak’s been the head coach. The Texans, who run the ball more and usually better than anybody in football couldn’t get get a break in the running game against the Vikings defense. Before leaving the game because of an irregular heartbeat RB Arian Foster was only able to pick up 15 yards on 10 carries. The Texans totaled just 34 yards rushing in the entire game. This put the game in the hands of QB Matt Schaub and the passing game and they just couldn’t execute when it mattered aside from Andre Johnson no WR on the Texans had more than 3 catches in the game. Normally sure handed TE Owen Daniels didn’t have a good game at all in this one. He dropped at least 3 catch-able balls in big situations. QB Matt Schaub was 18-32 for 178 yards in the game. On 3rd down the Texans were just 1-11 and they possessed the ball for only 25:14 seconds of the game. It didn’t help that the Texans turned the ball over on the 1 drive that looked good when Arian Foster lost just his 2nd fumble of the season. This was the 1st game that QB Matt Schaub had played in since 2007 the Texans offense hadn’t scored at least 1 TD. The only good thing about what happened on offense against Minnesota for the Texans, Andre Johnson continuing his great season collecting 7 catches for 97 yards. Johnson hit the 100 catch mark for the 4th time in his career.

Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson hits yet another milestone this season with his 4th 100 catch campaign of his career.

Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson hits yet another milestone this season with his 4th 100 catch campaign of his career.

The Houston Texans defense played a decent game on Sunday. To start the game I thought they did a good job of limiting the Vikings offense as a whole and took Adrian Peterson completely out of the game for the most part. Through the 1st half the defense had only given up 13 points and against a team line the Vikings and with the offense the Texans should have on a weekly basis that should be enough to keep your team in the game. But After receiving the kickoff to start the game the Texans had to kick to start the 3rd quarter and then it was AP time. The Vikings offense ran clock and took advantage of the lead they had. The Texans defense was at their mercy most of that second half. The Vikings played the type of game that the Texans have branded their style of football all year. Getting a lead, protecting it, and wear out the defense in the process using play action passes and running effectively. Vikings QB Christian Ponder had a field day on a defense bent on not allowing Adrian Peterson to go off. Ponder who on the season averages less per completion than his starting RB Peterson averages per carry was able to carry this team. Ponder only went 16-30 for 176 yards and 1 TD, but that was enough on a day that his All Pro RB was stopped.

Texans DE JJ Watt celebrating a sack. Watt now has 20.5 with 2 Watt ties Strahan's reord with 2.5 more he breaks it.

Texans DE JJ Watt celebrating a sack. Watt now has 20.5 with 2 Watt ties Strahan’s record with 2.5 more he breaks it.