Coach Gary Kubiak was happy — but far from satisfied — with the Texans’ performance in their preseason opener against the Minnesota Vikings.

Playing without 10 starters counting running back Arian Foster and free safety Ed Reed the Texans defeated the Vikings 27-13 on Friday night. This game was turned over early to the backups and the Texans’ second and third teams outplayed Minnesota’s second and third teams.

At times the Texans were ragged on both sides of the ball and special teams but that’s what the opener is for. They struggled early in some areas like tackling but recovered.

The best part of the victory is the Texans escaped Mall of America Field with no serious injuries. The coaches also got to look at a lot of players especially young ones competing for backup roles and those trying to make the team.

“A lot of young players who have done well in camp really showed up tonight and that’s very encouraging” Kubiak said.

The Texans overcame the poor tackling and pitiful running early in the game by improving in both areas in the second half when they outscored the Vikings 17-0.
“One of the best things is we didn’t commit a turnover and that’s something for a first preseason game” Kubiak said. “And we forced two. That was encouraging too.”

The first three quarterbacks — Matt Schaub T.J. Yates and Case Keenum — engineered scoring drives.