The Texans, sitting at 6-3, are in first place in the AFC South. Led by Matt Schaub, their high-octane offense has been able to withstand minor injuries to Arian Foster and Andre Johnson and remain a top-five offense.
More surprisingly, the Texans long-maligned defense has stepped forward with the addition of Wade Phillips and become one of the league's best.
The Buccaneers, at 4-4, haven't been nearly as successful. Josh Freeman, long thought of as one of the best young QBs in the league, has had long stretches of sub-par play and hasn't gotten enough help from the young talent surrounding him.
The defense hasn't been as stout as advertised thanks to injuries to Gerald McCoy among others.
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Houston 37 Tampa Bay 9
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