Nobody saw this coming...the Houston Texans have one of the best defenses in the NFL this preseason.
The Texans have allowed the third-fewest points per game (12.3), the second fewest yards per game (248.7), and have forced the third most fumbles (8) of all teams in the NFL. They have allowed offenses only 27 minutes and 30 seconds of possession total, good for the league's sixth best average.
After last night's game, it seems Wade Phillips has turned around the defense, which allowed zero points in their game against the 49ers. For a team that was being scored against by every offense they faced last season, this was a night-and-day difference.
Connor Barwin, Tim Jamison, and Antonio Smith each had sacks last night which combined to set the 49ers back 19 yards. The defense also had five tackles for a loss and deflected six passes in routing the Niners.
Most impressive from last night's game was the constant pressure that the Texans brought against the 49ers offense. J.J. Watt, Antonio Smith, and Mario Williams constantly pushed the offensive line back and came around the edge to apply pressure to the QB. Bad throws, hurried throws, and sacks kept coming all night long.
Johnathan Joseph, the Texans' off-season acquisition meant to help Kareem Jackson, was phenomenal last night. He had his receiver on lock-down and appeared to be ready for the season.
A newly dominant defense reared its head last night.