HOUSTON — The Texans defense is getting into the spirit of the game, with a few of their star players doing some of their own thing on Monday Night Football.
Josh Norman went with a three-point play on a 3rd-and-goal from the 1 to the 2, DeAndre Harris followed with a two-point conversion and Josh Cribbs made the game-winning field goal with a 28-yard strike to tie the game at 10.
That was just one of several moments on Monday that went to highlight what the defense has been able to do with limited resources and an underwhelming offensive line.
That could change, though, with Houston’s defense facing a lot of pressure coming into the game.
The defense allowed the fourth-most points (284) in the NFL this season, tied for the sixth-most in the league behind the Broncos (315), Browns (298), Raiders (295) and Steelers (293).
That’s going to make life tougher on the opposing offense, who will have to deal with the Texans’ dominant front four and dominant pass rush.
The Texans are coming off a loss to the Titans, and they’re looking to keep up their winning streak when they host the Broncos on Tuesday night.
The game will be a big test for Houston, as they have not won in Houston since 2013.
Houston has been the best team in the AFC South since beating the Titans in Week 1.
The Broncos also have been one of the better teams in the division.
The Titans have the second-best defense in the conference, allowing just 17.5 points per game.
They’ll also have the third-best offense in the NFC South, allowing 31.8 points per contest.
The biggest question with this team is how much of an impact rookie quarterback Trevor Siemian will have.
Siemian is coming off the best start of his career, throwing for 4,000 yards and 10 touchdowns with only four interceptions in two games.
The rookie quarterback was under duress during the first three games of the season, and it cost the Texans badly.
Now, Siemian could be back to his former self with more opportunities.
The first-round pick has thrown for at least 4,800 yards and 17 touchdowns in each of his first four games.
He is also averaging 24.8 yards per attempt with two touchdowns.
The offense could be more explosive, too, with Harris and Deandre Hopkins joining the offensive line and rookie running back Kareem Hunt and receiver Arian Foster on the outside.
That means the Texans could have more players in the backfield and will have a much more dynamic attack.
This is the type of game that could get the Texans back to winning ways.
The best game of the year might just be the first of two this season.