By Paul Gallant, SportsRadio 610By Paul Gallant


HOUSTON (CBS Houston) – Well that was a shocker.

All last week, I thought the Texans stood no chance against the Ravens. They had to “dumpster-dive” just to find a quarterback healthy enough to play. Case Keenum. Thad Lewis. Shane Falco. The “WHO” didn’t matter to me. All roads led to the end of the road . . .

Except we never got there.

Bill O’Brien rode Arian Foster on the ground, Romeo Crennel ruined Joe Flacco’s life, and Randy Bullock kicked back 6 shots at Jackson’s Hole a franchise record 6 field goals for the Texans 25-13 victory.

The playoffs are still a long shot. It’s going to require the following on the last Sunday of the year:

  • A Texans win over the Jaguars
  • The Browns – losers of 5 of their last 6 – must beat the Ravens on the road
  • The Chiefs – losers of 4 of their last 5 – must beat the Chargers at home

 

A Texans win is extremely probable. The Chiefs taking care of business: a question mark at best. As for the Browns – who may be down to rookie quarterback Connor Shaw after a Johnny Manziel injury – I think they stand no chance. But as you’ve seen before . . . I’ve been wrong before. Allegedly.

THE GOOD

MASTER. MIND.

Is it 2003 again? Because defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel is crushing the hopes and dreams of American quarterbacks. In back to back weeks against Andrew Luck and Joe Flacco, the Texans pass defense was stout. That duo combined for a pathetic 46% completion percentage – and just 4.54 yards per attempt – in back to back weeks.

Part of that performance is scheme related. Against the Colts, the Texans frustrated Andrew Luck by dropping 8 guys back in coverage. Romeo shuffled the cards for Joe Flacco and the Ravens, blitzing to keep him under constant pressure.

The other part? The guys making the plays on defense. J.J. Watt was especially active – with 8 tackles, 3 for a loss, 4 QB hits and a sack. Jared Crick was a pleasant surprise himself . . . with 5 tackles, 2 for a loss, 2 QB hits, a sack, and a deflected pass that eventually was picked off by A.J. Bouye.

And how about that secondary? Kareem Jackson had two interceptions (something will likely make it more difficult for the Texans to resign him this offseason), Bouye deflected two more passes . . . as did D.J. Swearinger, and Johnathan Joseph got in on the action himself by swatting a Flacco throw.

Kobe!

I enjoyed this:

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THE BAD

Free Uncle Rico

Because he may have played better than either quarterback on Sunday.

By the way people, I’m legitimately happy for Case Keenum. He got his first career win . . . and under very difficult circumstances. He had less than a week to pick up an offense he hasn’t been a part of in nearly four months. And on top of that, he seems like a righteous dude.

Unfortunately, Keenum’s fans like him just a little bit too much.

I’m going to be polite. Here is Keenum’s stat line on the game:

20-42, 185 yards, 4.4 YPA, 1 INT.

He didn’t lose the game for the Texans. But please, don’t tell me this was anything other than a sub-standard day at the office for ANY quarterback. You’re better than that.

PS – Moments of offensive ineptitude – from both teams – had me wishing for another Rico to show up and save me from misery:

Paul Gallant hosts the “B-Straw and Pauly G” show – Tuesdays 9-11 PM, Wednesdays 8-11 PM, and Fridays 8-11 PM – with Brien Straw. Get in contact with Paul on Twitter – @PaulyGSays – or on Facebook – Paul Gallant.

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