Vandermeer's View: Won and Not Done


Remember the time when Case Keenum came home to lead the Texans in an improbable upset over Baltimore?

I had to go 'Waterboy half-time speech' to capture the moment.

We'll be talking about this one for a while.

Raise your hand if you had the Texans dominating on defense, Keenum opening up throwing, Arian Foster with a touchdown pass to C.J. Fiedorowicz and Randy Bullock kicking six field goals.

This is why we love sports.

After week 15, Keenum was out hunting when he got the call to come back to Houston. He reported to NRG stadium Monday morning and went straight to work. He was 0-8 last season and would look for his first win while his former head coach was on the other sideline trying to make sure that he couldn't outscore the Ravens to get it.

But Romeo Crennel took care of the Baltimore attack. A skilled running team, the Ravens never got going on the ground. And the Texans pass rush, despite only two sacks, put so much pressure on Joe Flacco, he threw three picks and never got into a rhythm.

This defense has not only turned a corner. They've turned into one of the best units in the league. In the last six games, the Texans are holding opponents to an average of 15.5 points per game.

This is one of the greatest wins this franchise has experienced. Baltimore was vying for a division title. They were top five running the football and third against the run. They are on pace to score the most points in franchise history. The Texans were down their fourth quarterback, a man who wasn't on the roster a week ago.

Now the Texans remain 'alive' for the post season. Sure it's going to take a minor football miracle. But five weeks ago, Houston was under .500, going back to Ryan Fitzpatrick and the media consensus was 'the season is over.'

The boys in the locker room didn't get the memo and they've been scratching and clawing to stay in the fight. They'll drive to the stadium on Sunday with a chance to play football in January.

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