More thoughts on Titans-Texans

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Kevin Harlan and Rich Gannon were the TV announcers for the game. I don’t believe I’ve ever heard them do a game before and didn’t yesterday either. I do know they can’t be one of the top CBS teams. Did anyone hear them do the game? How bad were they?
Both quarterbacks were inaccurate to start the game. It didn’t take Kerry Collins long to get on track. I loved Jeff Fisher’s decision to go for it on fourth and one.
Matt Schaub never got on track, finishing the day with three interceptions and a lowly 27.8 passer rating. The Titans d-line harassed him all afternoon, with Haynesworth, KVB and Kearse getting a sack and three QB hits apiece.
A great pick by Griffin, his first of the day, and great field position for the Titans. It went for nought after a comedy of errors. A fumble by McCareins, missed tackle by Brown, penalties on Hope and Jones. Fortunately, the Titans dodged a bullet as Schaub remained inept and couldn’t get the ball in the end zone.
McCareins, by the way, had a good day otherwise. Justin Gage wasn’t missed that much and Brandon Jones also made a few plays.
Who said Collins can’t run?
White and Johnson were effective running the ball and the Texans began running it well too.
The secondary did a good job on Andre Johnson. To be completely objective, though, Johnson was open a few times and Schaub missed him.
The Texans’ most successful quarterback against the Titans has been Sage Rosenfels, who almost brought them from behind to win in relief a couple of times. I kept hoping the Titans wouldn’t knock Schaub out of the game.
Slaton is a good-looking back, well suited for the one cut and go style behind Alex Gibbs’ zone blocking system. He’s also a tough little guy to bring down. You have to wrap him up.
Tennessee’s offense bailed out the defense in the first half, a bit of a role reversal. The defense only gave up 12 points but way too many yards.
The defense played a lot better in the second half. They still gave up too many yards, but no scores. The red zone defense and fourth-down defense were great.
Eric King made some big plays in relief of Harper. It’s not hard to see why he’s the third corner on the depth chart. He’s versatile, too. He can play either side or in the slot.
For a while, I was thinking that the coverage units were playing better. Not so fast, Einstein. You just jinxed them. Right after thinking that, the Texans nearly broke a punt return, the Titans were penalized, and Houston was back in the red zone. They were still only 12 points behind and could win the game with a touchdown, successful onsides kick, and another score. I’m still of the opinion that the Titans will lose a game or two on special teams if Alan Lowry doesn’t get the problems corrected.
Drexel awarded game balls to Finnegan, White and Chris Johnson in his postgame recap. There were a lot of deserving players to choose from. I believe I’ll go with Albert Haynesworth and Collins, with honorable mention to Finnegan and KVB on defense. Big Al contributed five tackles, three of them for losses, one sack, three quarterback hits and a pass defensed. Collins did a good job managing the game after his interception and threw for 189 yards and a score, with a decent 74.0 passer rating. He also added a pair of first downs on 30 yards rushing.

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7 Responses to “More thoughts on Titans-Texans”

  1. Garland Says:

    Did anyone else notice that Scaife didn’t actually score on is TD reception? They had a good goal-line angle that I slowed down with the DVR, and it looked pretty clear to me that he was a half yard short when his knee hit the ground. I think this was one of several plays that Kubiak could have challenged successfully, but he had already wasted a challenge on the interception early in the game and seemed spooked the rest of the way.

  2. jerryt. Says:

    This season is special, you have all these teams ranked ahead of the titans, you have the media making up story’s along with hodge [ the story teller] and all the titans do is win, and block out all the distraction, what else could go wrong, titans draft looks like a good class, they got bashed and all thier doing is playing great football, the way everything has been going the road to the superbowl is ours for the taking. The vik’s are up next, they have a pretty good D once we man-handle them let’s see what the cridits say then, they had the vik’s going to the superbowl.

  3. Seth Leonard Says:

    It’s all about composure. The Titans and Fisher have it, some of their opponents don’t.
    I say bring on those purple pansies. Sack the shizzle out of Frerotte and get Jackson in the game quick so Finnegan can rack up a few more takeaways.

  4. Markus Says:

    Don’t sleep on the Vikes. Them putting Frerrote in there jumpo started their passing game the way ours did w/ KC…To me, the 2 teams are very similar. The game will be tight and the winner will be the team w/ less penalties and turnovers. AP is good, but Taylor is right there too. If our front 7 have a bad day, we will not win. I’m sure Fish is preaching the same thing. No offsides, no roughing the passer, and KC better be extra careful w/ the ball. 3 and out is better than an INT. I think this will be CJ’s breakout game though. The Vikes’ D will, yes-will, shut down LenDale. They are built to stop big backs. Man I can’t wait!!!! I know the Vikings are 1-2, but this will be the best team we’ve faced thus far…GO TITANS!!!

  5. Brandon Says:

    @Garland: I saw it, too. Scaife was a solid yard short when his knee came down. DVR is a beautiful thing!
    Harlan and Gannon were terrible. Some of the comments they made left one wondering what game they were watching. They totally missed Scaife’s not-really-a-touchdown. On one of Collins’ runs, they stated it was a blown play, but it looked to me like a QB keeper by design, because Kerry tucked the ball and ran with it as soon as he took the snap. Another instance that comes to mind was one that had my wife fussing at the TV: Schaub was running the ball (on an actual blown play) and took a dive, and Harlan stated that Schaub tripped. They just didn’t seem to be paying very close attention to what was actually happening on the field.
    It was also pretty evident that they wanted to see Houston win the game due to the hurricane damage and what they thought a Texans win would mean to the city. I realize that Houston was pretty torn up, but this wasn’t New Orleans and the Saints after Katrina, no matter how badly Harlan and Gannon wanted it to be.

  6. Garland Says:

    Brandon, I thought the same thing about the “busted play” when Collins got a big gainer on the right side. Is that what they call a naked bootleg? There was NOBODY on either team on that side of the field. That got me to thinking about how KC’s reputation as a statue will actually give him opportunities to run that Vince never has. Do you think for a minute that VY will see an open half of the field like that?

  7. Markus Says:

    jerryt: actually…we’re ranked #3 (who cares anyway, but I see some r.e.s.p.e.c.t. comin our way!:
    http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/1934057

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