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Texans Flat and Dominated in Opening Day Clunker 24-7

What firepower?

The Texans opening day offense looked more like something out of the early portion of preseason, as the team was dominated by a Jets defense all day in losing 24-7 at home to New York. Things were so lopsided, the only Texans score was when Dominique Barber returned a fumble off an interception 48 yards to make it a 17-7 game in the fourth quarter.

To say that it was a stunning start to a Texans team that felt like it was finally going to turn the corner in 2009 is an understatement. It starts with QB Matt Schaub, who was bad all day, going 18-for-33 for 166 yards with a pick. On the ground, running back Steve Slaton had only 17 yards on nine attempts. In one of the few times that the Texans’ offense drove inside New York territory, Slaton was tackled and fumbled at the 15-yard line at the end of a pass catch.

The numbers really do tell the story. The Texans had 183 yards – the Jets 462. The Texans had 11 first downs, Jets 22. Houston was 3-for-10 on third downs, the Jets were 10-for-18. Time of possession clearly favored the Jets, as they held the ball 38:46 to 21:14 for Houston.

Let’s hope that Sunday was simply a one-day setback. The Texans are well known for September issues, as they are now The Texans are 2-9 in the month and have lost their last six in September. They were totally outplayed Sunday, and the Jets are not a team expected to have the firepower that the Texans have. That’s why what happened was maybe more stunning than anything.

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2 Responses to “Texans Flat and Dominated in Opening Day Clunker 24-7”

  1. 1Texan says:

    Matt you just said a loede (load)… (forgive my gallows humor). Dominated and we didn’t do anything different in the second half, now that is coaching. Sometimes,..usually…it sucks being a Texans fan. Guess we’ll all just pay a little less attention maybe.

  2. Grossman>Schwaub says:

    I have never been a big fan of Matt Schaub (Schwaub) or Gary Kubiak for that matter. Play was poor all around Schaub couldnt get anything going and never really IMO can read a defense. The only reason MS has good numbers is because of number 80 without the leagues best receiver glass Schaub would be gone a long time ago. They need to put in Grossman and let him target AJ all day long. As far as defense we cant tackle plain and simple. Arm tackles will not do it this is the NFL you have to hit people.

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