Fresh off a complete beat down of the Indianapolis Colts, the Houston Texans now have to start thinking about protecting their chance of winning the AFC South division for the first time in their history. The Texans dominated the Colts this afternoon 34-7, spoiling the debut of veteran QB Kerry Collins. Houston nearly controlled the ball for two-thirds of the game and held the Colts to converting only one of nine third down opportunities.
The Texans were able to overcome the loss of RB Arian Foster in the lineup this afternoon, but the Texans have suffered another loss on the offensive side of the ball, WR Kevin Walter. As it’s being reported this evening, Walter is going to be out 10-12 weeks with a broken shoulder suffered this afternoon. Walter has been a solid number two receiver playing opposite Andre Johnson.
Walter’s best season came in 2008 when he recorded 60 receptions for 899 yards and eight scores.
The Texans will almost certainly move Jacoby Jones into the number two spot in the rotation, but will they entertain the opportunity to bring in veteran WR Randy Moss? Moss “retired” from the NFL prior to the start of this season, but was rumored to be at the New Orleans Saints facility a day after it was reported that Marques Colston had broken his collarbone, a rumor the Saints quickly dismissed.
Last week, former Moss teammate, QB Tom Brady said he would welcome him back to the Patriots roster and speculation was floated about him returning to New England, but how would an energized Randy Moss lining up alongside Andre Johnson look offensively? One word- scary.
Given the loss of Manning in Indianapolis and the offensive production the Texans have, this is a team which could go deep into the playoffs this season. The possible duo of Randy Moss and Andre Johnson at the wideout positions with a healthy RB Arian Foster in the backfield, could make the Houston Texans a very dangerous team in 2011.