The Unabashed Blogorrhea stirring and shaking through the Texans demolition day in Jacksonville. It all adds to their second straight 20-point win, a fourth straight win the series and a 2-0 start for the third straight season.
Defense dominates and destroys just as it did with the Dolphins. Just in the first half, J.J. Watt with two more swats, Jax with two offensive snaps on the Texans side of midfield, two sacks on dazed and confused Blaine Gabbert, a minus-four passing yards. Seriously, minus-four. In the National. Football. League. And a total Jax real estate output of 43. And 117 for the game.
Reread that last set of numbers one more time.
As you might expect, historic lows for the Texans. That the Jags finished their dismal day with the fewest yards in their own meager history is a testament not only to rampaging Bulls On Parade but also the complete offensive ineptitude with a supposedly improved Gabbert.
For the afternoon the Texans forced seven 3-and-outs. With another four-play series to a punt. And another four-play set to a fumble. They didn't surrender a single 3rd-down conversion. A two-play scoring drive after a hefty punt return is the first touchdown allowed in more than 90:00 of 2012 NFL action and the only TD given up in two games out of the gate.
On the flip side the Foster/Tate meat-grinder game is good for 184 yards on 40 punishing carries and three bull-dozing touchdowns. Controlling the trenches tackle-to-tackle translates into 83 snaps (crazy total), 42:40 of possession time, a 216-65 avalanche edge in the rushing game.
Foster is also the leading receiver, six grabs along with Daniels (with two uncharacteristic drops for Owen). Schaub works exclusively underneath the coverage and targets Andre and Walter only eight times in 35 attempts for six catches. Decidedly bucking the league wide trend of spread and sling.
The Kubiak Crew counters that one Jaguars score with a marathon march symbolic of the day - 17 plays, 80 yards, more than 9:00 of clock-killing. A drive that continues after a Jax off-sides reprieve that otherwise means three plays and-punt. A possession that ends with Tate's 2nd pile-driving touchdown for 24-3.
Take note of two hidden plays of import belonging to Big Ben in a game where the Jags are utterly outclassed and the outcome effectively decided after two scores first period. Bu the kinds of plays that will undoubtedly measure mightily in games of higher consequence.
First, in the midst of that bone-crushing drive, Tate takes a dump-down toss, surrounded by defenders, cuts it back into the traffic, somehow manages three yards to convert a third-and-one into first down at the Jax 33. Seven snaps later, the touchdown.
Then, in the final scoring drive, Tate again breaks back against the pursuit, busts out right sideline for 14 yards, and when finally stopped, purposely stays in bounds to keep the clock ticking. Aware. Smart. The series ends with a Graham boot and the final 27-7 margin.
So, quite the mojo to take into Denver to face that Peyton guy. You know, the guy who has mastered the Texans like no other quarterback. You know, the guys with 16 wins in 18 tries, perfect on his home turf, with 42 touchdowns and just 19 interceptions. You know that guy. He's upcoming. At Mile High. And a super sizeable upgrade to the offensive slop thrown the Texans way to start what is billed to be a first-ever sort of season.
Maybe a Super-sort of season.