Winnin' Pretty Need Not Apply
wasn't easy, but the Texans have in fact found a team much worse
than them. That team is named the Lions of Detroit, and they fell
to our hometown honeys, 28-21.
Texans should have made this one look easy. They grabbed a 21-0
lead by the early part of the second quarter, led by an efficient
performance from quarterback Matt Schaub, who completed 84 percent
of his passes for 267 yards and two touchdowns.
it was Schaub who first gave the Lions their first crack back into
the game when he fumbled deep in Lions territory just before halftime.
It was the only real flaw in an otherwise wonderful first half performance
from the team.
Lions outscored the Texans 18-7 in the second half, proving that
(1) the Texans aren't good enough to simply coast against a winless
team that is probably the worst in the league and (2) the Lions
are probably the worst in the league to have not capitalized on
such a lackluster second half performance against a team so inept
at winning late as the Texans.
didn't seem quite so important at the time, given the Texans held
a 21-10 lead with 3:41 to play in the third quarter, but it would
prove to be the difference in the game. On fourth-and-1 from the
Detroit 3-yard line, the Texans chose to step on their opponents'
throats instead of taking the easy three points.
who effectively ran a fourth down draw to beat the Dolphins a week
ago, again kept the football to himself, diving forward for a yard
and a first down. The Lions challenged the spot though, and replay
confirmed that the spot was too generous.
moved the line of scrimmage back to the 2-yard line, and linesman
again measured, determining that Schaub had still gained enough
for the first down. The Texans would later convert the opportunity
into seven points on a short pass from Schaub to tight end Owen
though about the challenge was that while the ball was re-spotted,
the Lions still lost one of their timeouts. Had the officials chosen
not to take away one of their timeouts, the Lions might have had
an extra 40 seconds at the end of the game in which to complete
their comeback attempt.
was finally rewarded for his efforts as one of the league's best
at his position with two touchdown receptions, his first two scores
of the season. Always reliable, Daniels had six receptions for 66
yards against a porous Lions pass defense.
receiver Andre Johnson also turned in yet another stellar performance,
catching 11 balls for 141 yards. The offense runs through him first,
and over the last three games, he has 30 catches for 450 yards (15.0
ypc) and two scores.
defense also came out on fire to start the game, thanks presumably
to the uplifting return of cornerback Dunta Robinson. It was a rusty
performance for Robinson, playing his first game in almost a year
after knee and hamstring injuries, but his leadership is sorely
needed on the field.
worth mentioning was the play of linebacker Zac Diles and defensive
end Tim Bulman. Both notched a sack, and Bulman's was particularly
important as he dropped Lions quarterback Dan Orlovsky on third
down with about five minutes remaining in the game, forcing Detroit
to kick a field goal.
Texans really should have blown this team out with a time of possession
number like that one. They jumped ahead to the early lead, which
forced the Lions to abandon the run (16 rushes by running backs
all game) and any control of the clock.
game was close because of two plays. The first came off Schaub's
fumble when the Texans were poised to go up 28-3 in the second quarter.
The second was an inexcusable decision by defensive coordinator
Richard Smith to leave cornerback Demarcus Faggins all alone to
cover Calvin Johnson, the Lions' most potent weapon. Johnson sped
past Petey, who has something of a reputation for getting beat deep
by speedy receivers, for a 96-yard touchdown catch, a score that
drew the Lions within 10 points following Johnson's successful two-point
like last week, a win is a win, no matter the opponent. Next Sunday,
the Texans will welcome the winless Bengals to town as they will
attempt to win a third consecutive game, a feat not yet accomplished
in franchise history.
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