Vandermeer's View: Texans take another big step


The Texans came into Nashville needing to carve out a win whatever way they could. Starting their third different quarterback in three weeks looked like a tremendous challenge that would result in a nail-biting down-to-the-wire finish.

Instead, the Texans took it to their arch rivals with a dominating 34-6 victory, confirming that they are a resilient team with one of the league's very best defenses.

Check out snapshots of the action from the Texans at Titans Week 16 matchup.

As great as they were stopping the Tennessee offense it was Brandon Weeden stealing much of the show, throwing two touchdown passes and running for another. He was cool under pressure and other than a couple of incompletions and a fumble, played like he had been in Bill O'Brien's system for a lot longer than a month.

The Texans got the turnover train rolling early. A Kareem Jackson forced fumble was returned for a score by Quintin Demps as Houston had all the points they would need for the day. Special teams got a takeaway on an Alfred Blue strip and Jon Weeks recovery and Eddie Pleasant (interception) and J.J. Watt also contributed to the mix. Watt's strip sack game him 14.5 sacks on the season with one game to go.

DeAndre Hopkins went over 100 catches on the season (first Texan since Andre Johnson to do that) and registered his 11th receiving TD, adding to his team record. Weeden looked for him in several key situations and the Titans couldn't do much about the Pro Bowler's ability to make grabs even when the coverage is tight.

There was no let down following the emotional landmark win at Indy last week. If anything, the Texans painted a picture of not only driving toward the post season but showing the ability to do some damage once they get there. Houston didn't get the help necessary to clinch on Sunday but they still might on Monday and that would be a huge boost, enabling Bill O'Brien to rest players against the Jaguars if he wants.

But it would be fitting for this Texans team to wrap things up in front of their fans against a weapon-heavy Jacksonville team that's aching to spoil the party.

The Texans faithful showed up at Nissan Stadium to support their favorite team.

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