Fitzpatrick reignites the season


One quarter of the season remains and it's anyone's guess how this thing will play out. Sunday's win over Tennessee was an exhilarating example of what the Texans are capable of when they're at their best.

They'll need to keep the momentum going for 2014 to be remembered as a winning season.

Did we witness an offensive awakening that was the more likely follow-up to the dominant triumph at Cleveland or was it another win in an up and down season that's headed for a .500 finish?

Two weeks ago, we thought the team turned a corner offensively after racking up over 200 rushing yards on the road against the Browns. But the sluggish offensive performance against Cincinnati sounded the alarm that there was still plenty of work to do.

Then came word that Ryan Mallett was playing in great pain. Couple that info with Ryan Fitzpatrick's record setting day against the Titans and you have what looks like an awakening for the Texans' attack.

Fitzpatrick's franchise record of career high six touchdown passes now have him in the league's top ten in quarterback rating for the season. Sitting for two games, he observed Mallett running the offense and came back to put together a performance we'll be talking about for a long time.

If I told you the Texans would crush the Titans with a club record 45 points and didn't even rush for 100 yards you probably wouldn't have believed it. Fitzpatrick was that good. He didn't throw back to back incompletions all day. He stepped away from pressure and avoided any sacks, after taking five in the first meeting between these two teams.

Just like we said about Mallett two weeks ago, Fitzpatrick has to follow this up with a good performance in his next outing. He avoided the turnover bug Sunday and must continue to play clean as the Texans next play a Jacksonville team that just knocked off the same New York Giants that soundly defeated the Texans in week three.

The Texans are still looking for their first winning streak since weeks one and two. If they get to two in a row, it sets up an important date to get their first ever victory at Indy. The players will get questions about this all week and it's important they lock in on the Jags, who will are not to be taken lightly.

Houston is still looking for a flawless finish with a lot of help. Step one was the victory over the Titans. All they can do is put their focus on North Florida and see what happens next. We're headed for the final four games of the campaign and many attractive possibilities are still on the table.

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