GAME BLOG: Texans fall to Vikings, 31-13

Follow all of the action from the Houston Texans' Week 5 match-up against the undefeated Minnesota Vikings.

The Texans (3-1) head to Minnesota to take on the Vikings at the new U.S. Bank Stadium

For play-by-play, be sure to follow KHOU 11 Sports reporter Daniel Gotera on Twitter.

Photos: Texans face Vikings in Week 5


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PREVIEW

Yes, Brock Osweiler has a contract befitting a franchise player, but he joined the Houston Texans this year with only seven career starts.

Sam Bradford was once the first overall pick in the draft, but if the Minnesota Vikings finish with a winning record this season this will be the first time he's experienced that in his professional career.

Quality quarterback performance has never been more important in the present-day NFL, but what has also become clear is that success is possible without one of the league's established elite taking the snaps.

Dominant defense, with reigning Super Bowl champion Denver as the prime exhibit, is a must have.

That's primarily why the Texans (3-1) and Vikings (4-0) are winning, and they're not alone.

Philadelphia (rookie Carson Wentz), New England (suspended Tom Brady), Denver (first-time starter Trevor Siemian), St. Louis (career fill-in Case Keenum) and Dallas (rookie Dak Prescott) also have aided less-than-ideal blueprints at quarterback this season with defenses that rank in the top 10 in points allowed.

"When you look at the Vikings defense, you're looking at a terrific defense," Osweiler said. "We know the challenge we have going on the road."

The Vikings will face one on Sunday as well. Even without superstar defensive endJ.J. Watt, the Texans have been difficult to move the ball against.

"They're very sound. Very rarely does it look like guys are out of place," Bradford said. "They're just playing really good football on that side right now."

 

 


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