Ahhh. The inherent joys of watching a game against your bitter rival not on television but on the wonderful technology of Gamecast. See, when you live in a region of America that would preempt Vince Lombardi coming back from the dead to coach a game and instead show the Oakland Al Davises you really have zero chance of seeing your hometown Texans. So, as I also declined to shell out for the DirecTV plan, my only choice was to sit in front of my computer and watch the game online. In text and basic graphic form.
If you have never used Gamecast, I suggest that you give it a shot sometime. Preferably with a 12 gauge shotgun. Ok, it really isn't that bad, but it is incredibly frustrating and you lose the entire point of actually watching the game. See, remember at the end of the second half when you got to watch that crazy blocked field goal where every Tennessee Traitor on the field, including apparently Jeff Fisher, Bud Adams and Ernest Givens, was running around pitching the ball to each other like a madman. Yeah, you remember the crazed madness of that play? Well, here it is in gorgeous prose: Texans 41 yard field goal attempt blocked, recovered by Michael Waddell (TEN).
Beautiful, isn't it? Thankfully I do have ESPNews, which filled me in on the big plays, in addition to both Fox and CBS doing a decent job with periodic updates. But, regardless, when that Gamecast update "Steve McNair (TEN) pass right side intercepted by Marlon McCree (HOU). Returned for 24 yards." came in, the air smelled just as sweet. To be able to spit on our former team!
Having watched as many replays as I can, and from my vast knowledge garnered through Gamecast, there are a few things that I noticed about the game. First and foremost is our running game. This game could be the breakout game we were looking for from Domanick Davis. No, it was not quite a dominating performance by any means, but if our backs can average anything over 4 yards per game...
What is most impressive about this win is how it happened. Down 21-3 late in the 2nd quarter, and scoring 28 unanswered points? That sounds like a very un-H-town type of game. I guess the football gods can't figure out if the former Houston Chokers should be humiliated or the newcomers. Hopefully the curse on the Oilers franchise hopped in the truck to Tennessee (it certainly looks it with what has happened to them since the move) .
Although it is highly unlikely, I think that we still have an outside shot of making the playoffs. Yes, I know you need 10 wins minimum in the AFC this year. Yes, I know that there will likely be a 10 win team left out of the playoffs. But bear with me for a moment. Our remaining games are @ J-E-T-S, Indy, @ Chi-town, @ Jaxville, Cleveland. Chicago and Cleveland should be definite wins. We have already beaten Jacksonville and they are a team on the decline. Leftwich will likely be playing injured for the rest of the season, leaving them very vulnerable to a loss. The Jets are still not sure whether Pennington will be back or even if he will be able to play at 100% if he does come back. Yet another vulnerable team we are hitting maybe at the perfect time. And finally is Indy. I have already predicted that we will beat the Colts when they come to the Energy Dome. If our running game and defense continue to build off this win against the Traitors, we could come in and stun Indy. Suddenly, 10-6 and possible playoffs.
More realistically, however, I am looking for us to finish 3-2 for a very respectable 8-8 finish. One more offseason of building our offensive line, building our defense, and letting our youngsters mature should be enough to set us up for a very serious playoff run next season.