Roughnecks 37, Los Angeles 17

Roughnecks provide a much needed Houston win

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The Houston Roughnecks debut was a rousing success. The Roughnecks beat the LA Wildcats 37-17.

The highlights:

Quarterback PJ Walker starts the game off with a 50yd TD to Cam Phillips to put Houston on the board first for a 6-0 lead.

Edmond Robinson recovers a punt by LA to set Houston back in good field range. I hate to sound very New Orleans Saint-ish but the missed PI call on Sammie Coates that followed would have put the Roughnecks back in the lead.

At the beginning of second quarter, Burnett intercepted a pass giving Houston the ball right back. Are you guys seeing the trend here? DEFENSE.

A nice screen play to Butler for a 16yd TD puts Houston down just 2 with a little over 7 minutes remaining in the first half.

Kony Ealy comes up big with a nice stop on 2nd and 16 followed by a BEAUTIFUL hit by Cody Brown giving the ball back to PJ Walker. Let's go ahead and mark this as my favorite play of the game.

James Butler drops then recovers the ball sending the Roughnecks out of bounds at LA's 39yrd mark.

Walker under pressure is amazing, connecting to Mobley to put Houston up 18-17 to wrap up the first half.

Key Note: Only 1 conversion was successful in the first half. Walker connects with Holley for a 29yd catch putting the Roughnecks on the 3yd line… Also setting Khalil Lewis up for the 1st TD of the second half. Oh, and Houston's first successful 2pt conversion.

Nichols comes up with another big play, intercepting the ball and keeping the defensive momentum rolling.

Side Note: The WR group started off a little shaky tonight. Once they get into rhythm I think we will see a lot more big plays from this new, fast paced offense. In the meantime, let's give credit to the defense who stepped up.

Star Player: Obviously, I'm going with PJ Walker. The city of Houston has managed to do one thing correct lately, that's finding exciting and fun QB1s.

Upcoming Opponent: Your Houston Roughnecks will be back at home to play the St. Louis BattleHawks Sunday, February 16th at 5pm.Feb 8 at 6:46 PM

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We also heard from the Astros new GM Dana Brown and his thoughts on Yuli returning to the club.

“The realistic thing is we have Abreu at first base right now. So at the end of the day, we have to look at maybe some other spots … to strengthen the club, give Dusty [Baker] more options.”

Brown's quote doesn't give us a lot of optimism. Based on his statement, he may not see Yuli as anything more than a first baseman at this stage in his career, and the Astros could use a utility player.

On the positive side, we received an encouraging update on Michael Brantley's health, as his recovery is on schedule and he plans to participate in batting practice next week.

Be sure to check out the video above as we analyze what the updates mean for the Astros moving forward.

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