That’s what makes today’s game against Jacksonville so special. After getting a different kind of challenge against their division rival than was expected, they were able to transition to a style of play that some, even the analysts during pregame brought up, thought they weren’t capable of anymore.
In 2010, the Texans had one of the most elite offenses imaginable, but their defense couldn’t stop a nosebleed. With said historically bad defense, this was the biggest focal point for the team going forward, as evidenced by the hire of Wade Phillips as defensive coordinator at season’s end.
After ranking third in the NFL last season in total team defense, combined with their start in 2012, it appeared that the Texans identity going forward was to be a defensive team. But after today, it’s hard to pigeonhole them as any one kind of team, as they proved they are diverse enough to lean on one another if the other side is struggling.