Oct 27, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) celebrates with cornerback Chris Houston (23) after defeating the Dallas Cowboys 31-30 at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Jim Schwartz praises Chris Houston


The Detroit Lions got a big win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday in dramatic fashion. A big part of that was the defense from cornerback Chris Houston. Against the Bengals last week, he found himself in the dog house and on the bench, but he was given an opportunity to redeem himself on Sunday.

“Chris Houston played an outstanding game,” coach Jim Schwartz said, via Detroit News. “Chris bounced back with a big-time performance.”

“At some point you have to show faith in your players,” Schwartz said. “It’s hard to do in the climate of the NFL these days. We saw it with (tight end Brandon) Pettigrew early in the season. As a coaching staff and an organization, we never really wavered in our belief in these guys.”

Houston never lost confidence and was sure he could perform. He spent the day mostly guarding rookie Terrance Williams and allowed only one pass to be caught out of the nine that came his way.

“I know me,” he said. “I ain’t come this far to just fall. God didn’t let me come this far to fall. So I just had to get back to doing what I was doing. He blessed me today.”

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