Self-Destruct Button is a Success!
Texans have in fact located that self-destruct button, and guess
what? Yeah, it still works! They successfully depressed the button
in the fourth quarter yesterday of a 41-13 exercise at home against
the Ravens, and in turn they depressed the few fans who still believed
that this team could actually play pro football!
since I don't think there is any other way to make the Ravens, quarterbacked
by rookie Joe Flacco, look so competent offensively. The Texans
defense allowed their opponents more than 36 minutes of possession,
162 rushing yards, and three passing touchdowns.
would not have been possible without the efforts of Sage RosINTchopper,
the man far too many of you still wanted to quarterback the Texans
even after he deployed his own self-destruct button in the final
four minutes of the Colts loss. Well, merry early Christmas and
happy early Hanukkah to you all.
threw four interceptions against the Ravens, two of which were thrown
right into the hands of a wide open Ray Lewis, linebacker for the
OTHER team. Chopper's first interception, thrown from the Ravens
1-yard line, went to a defensive tackle, Haloti Ngata.
however, had an even more destructive impact than RosINTchopper.
The Texans were flagged ten times for 76 yards, but the effects
of the flags were actually much, much worse than that.
end Owen Daniels was called for holding on a 58-yard touchdown pass
to running back Steve Slaton in the second quarter. The team salvaged
just a field goal on the drive. On their next possession, rookie
left tackle Duane Brown was penalized for holding linebacker Terrell
Suggs in the endzone, resulting in a safety.
the opening drive of the second half, a totally lost Morlon Greenwood
was flagged for pass interference in the endzone. The play set up
the Ravens for a one-yard TD plunge and a 19-13 lead. Another pass
interference call in the endzone at the start of the fourth quarter
helped pave the way for yet another 1-yard touchdown for the Ravens.
Folllowing the two-point conversion, the Ravens had a 27-13 lead,
and the rout was on from there.
the team only down 19-13 at the start of the third quarter, probably
any of the plays leading to that next touchdown and two-point conversion
could have been considered key. In particular, two plays to veteran
receiver Derrick Mason, one aided by a pass interference call on
a completely overmatched Fred Bennett and the other a 21-yard grab
that moved the Ravens into scoring territory, helped decide this
the Texans probably should have had a lead at that point in the
game had they taken care of business in the first half. The interception
in the endzone from point blank plus the big Slaton TD catch and
run cost the Texans 11 points on the scoreboard, but even worse,
it seemed to cost them dearly inside their chests.
until now was a terrific 60-yard touchdown reception and run by
Kevin Walter. With Andre Johnson double- and triple-covered most
of the day, Walter was open often. RosINTchopper finally found Walter
on a crossing pattern with Johnson, effective for a one-play 60-yard
drive that gave the Texans a flicker of hope late in the third quarter.
Ryans, perhaps provoked a bit by the loss of Zac Diles midweek due
to a broken leg, re-emerged with 11 tackles in the game. Playing
hurt most of the season, Ryans has not made the sort of impact we
normally expect, but he was active against the Ravens. Worth noting,
too - Kevin Bentley, as Diles' replacement, recorded a sack in the
game as well.
already covered the penalties earlier, but up until Sunday, the
Texans had been one of the least penalized teams in the league.
The flag on Daniels directly took seven points off the board, and
the flag on Brown added two to the Ravens. Toss in the two interference
calls in the endzone, and in spite of RosINTchopper's four picks,
the Texans could have won this game if they weren't so buried by
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