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Vandermeer's View: A magical Monday night

It was a night we’ll never forget. The Texans were honoring the memory of the man who founded them. Then they convincingly defeated the franchise that left town creating the void they would eventually fill.

Bob McNair had passed away only three days prior. And emotions were high from everyone involved with the organization. Shortly after a moving Amazing Grace performance by the Texas A&M Singing Cadets, in memory of Mr. McNair, it was time to play football.

The Texans started in neutral as the Titans popped them for a field goal and a touchdown before they could run their fourth play on offense.

Then they started to click. The running game got going and Deshaun Watson threw the first of two scoring passes to Demaryius Thomas and ran for another score to create a 14-10 lead.

It looked like the Titans were about to go back in front in the second quarter when the Texans stoned them on 4th and less than a yard at the two yard line. The following Houston snap produced the longest play from scrimmage in the history of the franchise as Lamar Miller ran 97 yards for the score. It was as if Bob McNair himself summoned the play, one for the ages.

That touchdown produced a wave of emotion and stellar play that carried the Texans into the finish. The defense exploded with six sacks and the running game continued to flourish to the tune of a franchise record 281 yards.

This was a Tennessee team that knocked off Dallas three weeks ago on the road on Monday Night Football. They’ve also beaten both Super Bowl participants, including a commanding win against New England at home. And, oh yeah, they also downed Houston 20-17 in week two.

But the Texans are different now. The last two home games, both in prime time, have been double digit wins with margins in the high teens. The defense is giving up an average of 16.3 points per game in the last seven outings.

While the win was satisfying, there’s no rest. Cleveland is coming in and their brand is suddenly new and improved as they’ve won two straight, including their first road win since the Obama administration. Baker Mayfield is playing well and the defense has had some stout performances, highlighted by holding Atlanta to 16 points two weeks ago.

Plus, right after the Browns, the Colts come in and they are currently riding a five-game winning binge. The players and coaches are already grinding on what’s to come.

But, for us, let’s pause and reflect on a magical night, a dominating victory and a wonderful way to honor the man who built the Texans.

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