The Texans showed the kind of heart that winning teams need in pulling out their victory over the Titans Sunday. Matt Schaub played brilliantly, throwing four touchdown passes and constantly avoiding sacks and eluding pressure. Andre Johnson shook off a couple of early drops to catch two TDs.
But offensively, it was Jacoby Jones who played the role of best supporting actor. With André Davis and Kevin Walter out, Jones caught a TD and hauled in another 44-yarder to set up the winning field goal. He also caught a break when he muffed a fair catch at the Houston 10 but kept the ball on an interference penalty.
Defensively, Mario and DeMeco shined, but you expect that by now. Brian Cushing showed he belonged, and Eugene Wilson had a pick. It was hardly a masterpiece, but the Texans held Tennessee to only one second half TD and put the brakes on when it mattered most. Jeff Zgonina recovered the Kerry Collins fumble that iced it. It was a memorable play for the league's oldest position player who wasn't part of the team's plans until training camp started.
Maybe the Texans are who we thought they were. The Jets validated their opening day win with a victory over New England. And the Texans toppled the division favorites on the road. There is a long way to go, but Houston has arrived at the party and will have plenty to say about going to the postseason before it's all said and done.