2012 NFL Week 16 Preview: Houston Texans vs. Minnesota Vikings
All eyes will be on Sunday’s matchup between the Houston Texans and Minnesota Vikings, but not for the reasons you might think.
During a rare Saturday night game, Calvin Johnson smashed Jerry Rice’s single-season receiving yards record with a huge showing in a home loss in Detroit. Adrian Peterson is chasing Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record and will be looking to get at least half of what he has left in order to get there. Aside from records that no one ever thought would be touched, the game means a lot for both squads. The Vikings are trying to post up in their wild card spot and keep post season hopes alive, while the Texans are trying earn the right to play at Reliant in front of their loyal fans.
Minnesota has struggled throwing the ball, yet even with the defense being able to cheat up to the run, Peterson has posted incredible numbers. He has trotted for 1,812 yards on 289 carries, has 129 yards per game (the next highest back is less than 100) and is averaging 6.3 yards per carry. The Vikings have made him the bulk of the offensive game plan, and who could blame them. “Run it until they can stop it,” or even “if it ain’t broke, then don’t fix it” comes to mind. Going to the well has gotten some teams in trouble in the past, but Peterson has shown that his well runs deep.
Houston matches up well against Minnesota with a great run defense and a solid rushing offense of their own. This means more time with the ball, and with their high-powered offense in the air, they are more likely to build a lead that keeps running the ball every down from being a possibility. They have had their bumps in the road, but are a still a disciplined squad with the biggest of dances on their minds.
Houston builds a lead early and holds off a motivated Skol squad in a 35-24 win against the Vikings as we get a preview of what this Texans squad has to offer late in the football season.