Today, the Houston Texans played a game against the Colts, in which they planned to use as a stepping stone. They wanted to take the step to become one of the primere teams in the league. The have been an above average team for the past three years, but had been constantly beaten by the Indianapolis Colts.
The Texans would carry on through the game without being down for a second. They would win the game 34-24 at home.
The whole off-season we all heard nothing about the Texan's offense unless it included the names of Andre Johnson and Matt Schaub. It's great that they have a very successful passing game, but that just rarely puts your team into serious contention during the playoffs.
The great passing attacks in the last few years all had a solid running game backing them up at their prime. During the playoffs, the teams that completely rely on their passing game don't win it all.
Last season, the Saints would win the Superbowl because of not only their passing game but also their running game. During the season the Saints weren't even close to the top of the league in rushing; however, when they needed to run the football they had the ability.
The Colts would win Superbowl 41, because of their running game, not Peyton Manning. As a team, they would run for 190 yards and a touchdown.
Needless to say, I could give you hundreds of examples to prove this point true, and needless to say their are exceptions to the rule as well.
So what was the most important thing the Texans showed us today? That's right children, they can run the football! Their starting running back, Arian Foster, would run all over the Colts defense. Running for 231 yards and 3 touchdowns, Foster will win the Offensive Player of the Week award.
But more importantly, he showed the nation that they were capable of running the ball when they can't pass.
The other huge thing that the Texans showed us this week is that they have a very good offensive line. Anytime you run for that many yards and only give up two sacks, against a team that has been elite for the past decade, you know you have five very good lineman.
This makes them much more dangerous this season. Having a running game could possibly make this 9 or 10 win team into a 11 or 12 win team. This would put them into the second seed in the AFC. A bye week to start the playoffs will surely help a team making their playoff debut, along with a home game.
Aside from Matt Schaub getting hurt at the wrong time, the Texans have all the pieces on offense and defense to make a deep playoff push this season.