Astros are winning. Texans leveled it up going into the bye. The Rockets start on Tuesday.
Texans bounce back before the bye week
Week six’s 33-17 win over Cleveland was the first test for the Texans as they start life without Whitney Mercilus as well as JJ Watt for the second straight year. A defensive line-by-committee seemed to work out decent enough, but the real star of the game was 12th year veteran Johnathan Joseph, who proved he can still steal the show at 33 years old.
Joseph’s two interceptions, one of which went 82 yards for a touchdown, combined with the defense’s four combined sacks helped limit the Browns to 247 yards of offense.
On the flip side, Deshaun Watson just keeps doing what he has been and helped the Texans put up 30 points for the fourth consecutive game for the first time in franchise history. Watson also keeps adding his name to the league-wide record books by being the first rookie quarterback to throw for at least three touchdowns in three consecutive games and leads the league with 15 touchdown passes – as many as Brock Osweiler had through 15 games last year.
Going into the bye at 3-3 may not be what we as fans may have hoped for, but given all the circumstances and the fact that this team is suddenly an offense-first team for the first time since 2010, the Texans are in a perfect position to determine their own destiny from here on out, with a tough test on the west coast against Seattle waiting for them when they come back.
Astros head to New York up 2-0
In a span of two days, the Astros added Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander to a list that only included Nolan Ryan and Matt Scott. That list? The only pitchers in franchise history to strike out double digit batters in a postseason game.
Keuchel struck out 10 in six full, scoreless innings in Game 1 while Verlander pitched a complete game, striking out 13 and conceding only one run all afternoon in Game 2.
Although both games ended 2-1, the tone of the games was different. Up 2-0 in Game 1, a ninth inning homer by Greg Bird put slight worry into us for a moment but Ken Giles finished the job to prevent any more runs. In Game 2, tensions were high for half of the game as it came down to the bottom of the ninth. With Altuve at first and Correa at bat, Correa’s double to center-right led Altuve to speed so fast to home that his hat fell off – again. He slid in legs-first and Minute Maid went wild.
Game 3 is scheduled to start at 7:08 tonight from Yankee Stadium.
Rockets flip the page to new era
The CP3-Harden era begins.
Why not make opening night as interesting as possible with what many of us are hoping to be a preview of a playoff, possibly a conference championship, preview?
The Rockets will look to return to glory and make the Western Conference Finals and hopefully the NBA Finals with the new tandem in the backcourt.
The Rockets open the season on Tuesday at 9:30PM on TNT against the Golden State Warriors.