What a difference a week makes, huh?
After getting embarrassed in Arizona by the Cardinals last week, the Texans reversed their fortune—their fans probably had a few reversals of fortune after watching their Week 1 game—by blowing out the visiting Atlanta Falcons.
The two biggest glaring weak spots from the Cardinals game—pass offense and pass defense—turned into strengths during most of this game out of the blue. After looking like he should be playing in the CFL and out of the league last week, Ryan Fitzpatrick was impressive—which I'll go into more detail later.
After being abused last week the secondary also had a good game, which was pretty surprising considering the passing offense they were facing.
Perhaps the biggest surprise and the biggest strength coming out of the game with Atlanta, however, was the special teams. The third phase of the game has performed poorly over the last couple of years but came out of this game with both a blocked punt and a blocked field goal attempt.
I know it was just preseason but it was a much needed step for a #Texans team looking for answers. They found some tonight.— PDS (@PatDStat) August 17, 2014
No one should come out of this game predicting the playoffs, but it was a certainly a very encouraging sign and a great bounce-back effort from the Texans.