Though nationally there wasn't much interest in two 4-7 teams playing each other, in Houston, Reliant Stadium was packed to watch the city's first Monday Night Football game in 14 years.
The story of the game was the impressive play of Texans rookie Steve Slaton and Mario Williams. The above video shows highlights of Slaton's 130-yard rushing, 51-yard receiving, two-touchdown performance. Williams had three sacks, a forced fumble and four tackles behind the line of scrimmage.
I guess they both saw this as a statement game. Slaton was angry that NFL teams saw him as only a third-down back, which allowed him to slip to the third round of the draft. Williams mentioned in the post game interviews that he took exception to Ron Jaworski's pregame comments to the Houston Chronicle suggesting that the defensive end was not a dominant player.
Texans 30, Jags 17: Maybe Houston Should Wear the Kool-Aid Man Jerseys Every Week originally appeared on NFL FanHouse on Tue, 02 Dec 2008 11:07:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.