Originally Posted by deucetx
I want to throw a thread out there to give some props to guys who performed well or excelled above expectations from the previous game. There were some issues so this isn't about blue steel colored glasses hiding those issues but I saw more positives in the end than negative despite the slow start.
Keo: I have never been high on him and his coverage skills but the kid played ball last night. He definitely made his presence known on defense and special teams. Maybe we finally got a glimpse at what the coaching staff sees in the guy.
Daniel Manning: He was everywhere last night. Quietly this guy had one hell of a game. Both safeties showed up big time. He was 100mph every snap on D.
Joe Mays: The dude brought it. He was laying the hits out there in the run game which is exactly what this defense needed beside Cushing. We wanted someone with some tenacity and last night we saw it.
Matt Schaub: Great freaking game. Good movement in the pocket, looked down the field, and directed the team like a field general should. He did a tremendous job when you think how poor the line played. One stat I saw they figured he was hurried 18 freaking times. That's absurd yet he still stood in the pocket or moved to buy time and made things happen.
Dre: He was just being Andre. What's new? He is Mr. Consistent game in and game out despite never getting the allocades others do. He is a chain mover plain and simple.
DeAndre Hopkins: Great initial game for the rook. I believe it was 5 receptions for 66 yards. He got good separation and did I see a fade route in the endzone to the guy? We may have something here.
Brandon Brooks: Someone decided to block last night since some obviously chose to take the night off. Brooks was dictated to his opposition the direction they would go. He and Myers looked great inside.
Watt: Eh, again....what's new? It isn't even just about the pass rush. It's his ability to make tackles for lost and be so effective against the run.
Cushing: Shakey game most of the way but his pass coverage was spot on which is something we sure didn't have when he got injured. He'll knock more rust off against the Titans and return to his form with each game. What an interception.
Ben Tate: Love the straight ahead running style he imposes. He never went down easy and even got a couple of catches. He ran hard and strong all night.
O.D./G.G:Both tight ends had a solid game in the receiving department. They were medicore in their blocking unfortunately but their contributions in the passing game can't go overlooked. O.D. ran hard gaining a good amount of YAC as well.
Ed Reed: He gets the best cheerleader award. Heh, I'll give him credit for being there cheering the guys on and getting in their ears. One of the first to scream and cheer Cush when he came to the sideline. Now get rid of those pom poms and get on the field for us
Point by point, nailed it for me. Repped.
DeAndre 83% catch rate.
Kubes flashed testicles.
Nobody (with the team) panicked. Good road win, knocked off a lot of rust.