Ryan Fitzpatrick threw a touchdown pass, rookie Alfred Blue blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown to help the Texans to a 17-6 win over Washington.
The Texans led 7-6 after a 76-yard touchdown reception by DeAndre Hopkins in the second quarter. Blue blocked Washington’s punt on the next drive, scooped it up and returned it five yards for a touchdown to push the lead to 14-6.
Andre Johnson, the leading receiver in franchise history collected six receptions for 93 yards, including a long of 23. Johnson moved into 16th place in NFL history in total receiving yards (12,754), passing Washington’s Art Monk.
“Andre Johnson is a guy who has put his heart and soul in to this organization and I’m happy for a guy like him and many others,” head coach Bill O’Brien said after the victory via HoustonTexans.com.
Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick on being on the same page as Andre Johnson. “I contribute the chemistry really to Andre being a great receiver. He’s a quarterback’s dream in terms of being in the right spot at the right time. Always running the proper routes. That’s why for me, and there is still a lot of things we need to work on, but I was never really worried about that connection only because not just the tremendous amount of talent that he has, but how smart he is as a football player and how much he’s seen.”
About the win, Johnson said postgame, “it feels good just to win a game. I knew when I came in I had a lot to learn. I had to play catch up, so I did it. I wanted to make sure I was ready to go opening day.”
“The funny thing is that nobody talks about that actually,” the WR stated about the victory. “We put that behind us. You know, when we start a new season, everybody starts with a clean slate. You don’t really think about that. I think the biggest thing everybody just knows the work that we put in before this game, so I think everybody was just anxious to get out there and get to playing.”
“To be honest, I hear it all the time. Even before the game just talking to some of the guys on the other team just telling me to hang in there and stuff like that. I think sometimes things especially amongst your peers who understand, those things don’t go unnoticed. I’ve been through a lot with this organization. I think everyone knows that, but my biggest thing is that I just want to win. That’s it. It’s not about money, I just want to win. I want to win football games and that’s what I’ve been trying to do since I’ve been here.”
About his six receptions in the win.
“That’s what I get paid to do. That’s what I thrive on that. When there’s a play that needs to be made, I want it. I want to make that play. I’ve always been that way, ever since I’ve played the game of football so that’s pretty much it.”
“I play every game to win, I think we all play every game to win. It’s not a sprint, it’s a journey. It’s sixteen games. You try to win every one you play. At the same time, you want to put yourself in a good position leading up in to that November, December area. That’s the times when the great teams play their best football, getting ready for the playoffs and stuff like that. Right now we are just taking it one game at a time, we will see what happens.”