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Playoffs
09-14-2013, 04:53 PM
3TFO: Titans @ Texans, Week 2 (https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2013/09/13/3tfo-titans-texans-week-2/)

The Texans look like they’ve added another legitimate weapon to an already impressive arsenal with the addition of DeAndre Hopkins . The Titans may not be favored, but they’ll have a good chance if they can succeed in these three matchups.

Warmack’s ‘Welcome to the NFL’

The way defenses have had to prepare for Peyton Manning or Tom Brady the past decade, offenses now have to prepare for J.J. Watt. Against the run and the pass Watt is a matchup nightmare, and rookie Chance Warmack will get to evaluate him first-hand this weekend. Watt may not be on pace to break any sack records after one game, but he didn’t show any signs of decline. His +7.2 grade was the highest of any 3-4 defensive end, while his 15.8 Run Stop Percentage was second-best.

While Watt has quite the reputation that precedes him, the Titans’ guard has developed one as well. Warmack...[had] a +2.2 run-blocking grade...in Week 1. With Watt lining up on the left side on 41 of his 55 snaps last week, these two are going to be matched-up frequently. No matter who comes out on top, this one will be fun to watch.

Arian Foster vs. Titans Linebackers

Arian Foster isn’t known for his elusiveness, and the Titans’ linebackers aren’t known for their tackling prowess — something’s got to give this Sunday. Last season Foster broke just 32 tackles on 391 touches. His missed tackles per touch was 40th out of 48 qualifying running backs and against the Chargers he didn’t force a missed tackle on any of his carries.

Last season, Akeem Ayers’ Tackling Efficiency (https://www.profootballfocus.com/about/pff-signature-stats/#TacklingEfficiency) was 6.7, Zach Brown’s was 6.6, and Moise Fokou’s was 8.0. All those numbers are very poor, yet all those linebackers are fairly solid run defenders who flow well to the ball and combined to hold Pittsburgh to 32 yards on 15 carries. The Chargers showed that shutting down Foster can halt the Texans’ offense — it will be interesting to see if Foster can get back on track Sunday.

Titans Safeties vs. Play Action

For the Titans, having the linebackers stop the run themselves will affect another part of the game — the play-action pass. The Titans don’t want to have to bring Bernard Pollard down in the box frequently to help stop the run and leave Michael Griffin on an island against play action.

Few teams are as effective with the play pass as the Texans. They used run action on 25.7% of their drop-backs last season and Schaub’s quarterback rating was 23.2 points higher on those plays. In week 1, Schaub completed six of seven passes off play action for 64 yards and a touchdown. It’s in these situations that he takes many of his chances downfield. It’s also in these situations that the Titans’ free safety can get exposed. No play better sums this up than the very first play from scrimmage this season. Griffin was in a single-high look and the Steelers used play action to buy some time for two go routes on the outside. Griffin couldn’t commit to help either side, yet when Roethlisberger cocked to throw Griffin had taken multiple false steps toward the wrong receiver. Luckily, Emmanuel Sanders couldn’t haul the throw in, but this type of play is bound to happen at some point against the Texans and Griffin can’t make the big mistake.

thunderkyss
09-14-2013, 05:39 PM
Those are good. But the main thing I want to focus on is that Titans Pass rush. It looked fearsome last week. Jurrell Casey looks like something clicked.... & he'll be lining up against Chris Myers.

I hope we open with a couple of middle screens, to see what's what before we try anything deep.

NastyNate
09-14-2013, 08:45 PM
Those are good. But the main thing I want to focus on is that Titans Pass rush. It looked fearsome last week. Jurrell Casey looks like something clicked.... & he'll be lining up against Chris Myers.

I hope we open with a couple of middle screens, to see what's what before we try anything deep.

Can you explain "middle screens" for me? Are you talking about slip screens?

Lucky
09-14-2013, 08:48 PM
I'm worried about Pollard on a safety blitz. He's known for taking big shots at QBs. On defense, Chris Johnson isolated on Texan LBs is a concern.

CloakNNNdagger
09-14-2013, 09:02 PM
I was hoping not to worry about this yet another year, but...............when are we ever going to consistently be able to play two good halves?:mcnugget:

TejasTom
09-14-2013, 10:37 PM
I was hoping not to worry about this yet another year, but...............when are we ever going to consistently be able to play two good halves?:mcnugget:

This Sunday! Maybe.

DX-TEX
09-14-2013, 10:37 PM
I was hoping not to worry about this yet another year, but...............when are we ever going to consistently be able to play two good halves?:mcnugget:

When they quit messing with your mind with the injury reports.

Tailgate
09-14-2013, 10:44 PM
I like it when all three are about how the other team has to handle us. :swatter:

thunderkyss
09-15-2013, 01:16 AM
I was hoping not to worry about this yet another year, but...............when are we ever going to consistently be able to play two good halves?:mcnugget:

I wonder if we could objectively measure this against other teams.

infantrycak
09-15-2013, 09:24 AM
I wonder if we could objectively measure this against other teams.

Look at it this way, every time we have an "only played one half well" game, so did the other team.

welsh texan
09-15-2013, 09:42 AM
I can't help but think that the only playing one half thing has a lot to do with adjustments, it's something that Kubiak has improved at no end over the past 3 years.

I think he's reached a stage where he's all seeing about what his own players are capable of and what he can do to change things for the better...I've no longer got issues about the "turtle" with a lead because I don't see it beating us often, and if things aren't clicking first half...I have confidence in our ability to make a game of it in the second.

I really like that our D has come through with a fantastic second half performance last week and am absolutely willing to write off the poor first half showing, all of a sudden I'm seeing depth at positions I didn't see it before, DE and safety. The mix at ILB will improve with Sharpton coming back.

I've long been a big Sharpton fan, the injuries are a huge issue so I won't rely on the dude, but when healthy he brings it. Joe mays looked better than expected too, so as long as Cush can come up with the goods for that big play or two each week until he gets back to 100%, I've got a lot of faith in that group.

I can't wait for this game! I think we're going to lay something down this week with smiffy, reed, sharpton back in the mix and an O also seemingly on the upswing!

This season has the feeling to me, that we're going to do what's necessary to get through the regular season slog and peak come playoff time.

thunderkyss
09-15-2013, 10:02 AM
Look at it this way, every time we have an "only played one half well" game, so did the other team.

For the most part.. but remember Denver last year? If I were one of their fans, I'd say "we didn't show up in the first half, weren't prepared.... ran out of time in the second."

Even though the Texans played outstanding football in both halfs.

thunderkyss
09-15-2013, 10:07 AM
I've long been a big Sharpton fan, the injuries are a huge issue so I won't rely on the dude, but when healthy he brings it. Joe mays looked better than expected too, so as long as Cush can come up with the goods for that big play or two each week until he gets back to 100%, I've got a lot of faith in that group.


I wouldn't say I've "long been a fan" but I do appreciate what he brings & think a healthy Sharpton is very underrated by our fans.

Mays... he played about what I expected, the thing I hope he brings is an ability to get after the QB, ala Cushing. Something I think Sharpton lacks. It was mentioned very often in our last game, that Cushing is our primary blitzer, & the other teams know it. I'd like for either Mays or Sharpton to gain some noteriety in that department, so Cush can drop back into zone more often & it would be less predictable when he does blitz.

At the very least, when the QB sees Brian drop into coverage, I don't want them thinking, "Shew..... " I want them looking for that other LB.

DX-TEX
09-15-2013, 10:11 AM
I wouldn't say I've "long been a fan" but I do appreciate what he brings & think a healthy Sharpton is very underrated by our fans.

Mays... he played about what I expected, the thing I hope he brings is an ability to get after the QB, ala Cushing. Something I think Sharpton lacks. It was mentioned very often in our last game, that Cushing is our primary blitzer, & the other teams know it. I'd like for either Mays or Sharpton to gain some noteriety in that department, so Cush can drop back into zone more often & it would be less predictable when he does blitz.

At the very least, when the QB sees Brian drop into coverage, I don't want them thinking, "Shew..... " I want them looking for that other LB.

Mays was destroying blockers last week. A physicality that Sharpton, Dobbins and James all lacked last season. Great compliment to Cushing

thunderkyss
09-15-2013, 10:58 AM
So, is this a rivalry?

We're in the same division, we play each other twice a year...... but the series record is 14-8.... tacks. Not as lopsided as our 4-18 record versus the Colts. If it weren't "accepted" that the AFC South goes through Houston, they (the Colts) probably wouldn't give two thoughts to our game.

I mean we're 13-9 against the Jags, do we consider that a rivalry?

Yeah, there's the Bud Adams thing & the Oilers history & all that, but the Titans fans don't care about that. We haven't beaten them to keep them out of the play offs, they haven't beaten us to keep us out of the play offs..... We're only just now getting to be a "good" team & the rest of our division don't really have a lot going on... maybe the Colts have aspirations, but we'll see come December.

Anyway... I wanted to look at the "rivalry" between the Tacks & the Texans since 2006 (the Kubiak era) & came up with this:

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a159/Thunderkyss/Rivalry_zps5e3edceb.png

We won 2 of the last 3 at Reliant, 3 of the last 5.... But they've won 4 of the 7 home games since Kubiak's been HC.

I know, I know.... WHYDFML right? We've beaten the Titans 6 of the last 9.


This ain't no rivalry. They're not in our class & haven't been for some time.

CloakNNNdagger
09-15-2013, 11:26 AM
Look at it this way, every time we have an "only played one half well" game, so did the other team.

I could almost accept that concept if it didn't keep on happening also with relatively lowly teams like the Chargers last week.

ObsiWan
09-16-2013, 02:33 PM
I could almost accept that concept if it didn't keep on happening also with relatively lowly teams like the Chargers last week.

That's the thing... who knows who's "lowly" this early in the season? Last year we saw a "lowly" Colts team go 11-5 and make it to the playoffs. One of this year's "lowly" teams, the Chiefs, is 2-0... The Chargers were supposed to be "lowly" and the Eagles, equipped with their shiny, new, high-octane offense were supposed to be unstoppable. No one told the Chargers. The AFC North, home of the world champs has all of ONE WIN between all four teams (okay, they'll have two after MNF tonight).

I guess my point is that we won't really have a good gauge of who's powerful and who's just pretending until mid-October. ...maybe later than that.

So, while my B/P would appreciate a couple of stress-free blowout wins, I'll take a win anyway I can get it.

And just between us chickens, the game that really scares me crapless is Seattle.

thunderkyss
09-16-2013, 03:15 PM
And just between us chickens, the game that really scares me crapless is Seattle.

Not me. We're either going to win it, or we're going to lose it. Doesn't really matter either way. Different conference & all. If we're going to lose... let's lose the non-conference games.

Playoffs
09-17-2013, 04:56 PM
DeAndre Hopkins received PFF's highest grade for all WRs in Week 2. Chris Myers did same for Centers, Shane Lechler for Punters.

:clap:

thunderkyss
09-17-2013, 05:03 PM
Those are good. But the main thing I want to focus on is that Titans Pass rush. It looked fearsome last week. Jurrell Casey looks like something clicked.... & he'll be lining up against Chris Myers.



Their pass rush looked better than last year. Either that or our OL is worse. I thought Newton did a fine job staying in front of his man, but he's still giving up too much ground. Don't know what's going on with 76... but I trust he'll figure it out.

Still think we can do better than Wade Smith.


This ain't no rivalry. They're not in our class & haven't been for some time.

I'm going to need help removing my foot from my mouth.

76Texan
09-17-2013, 09:33 PM
Mays was destroying blockers last week. A physicality that Sharpton, Dobbins and James all lacked last season. Great compliment to Cushing

You got in reverse.

It was Sharpton that took on blocks well and had the quality snaps.

Mays was cleared out badly on two medium runs by Johnson.

The safety was good; but really, it was courtesy of Watt.
Mays was unblocked, and Manning was also there to help.

Other game notes, after going through the game with the two All-22 View, it is confirmed that the O-line played fairly well, considering how many times we passed the ball.

One sack was on Newton; one was on Foster; the third one was a mix-up in the line call with nobody there to pick up the blitzer (the line didn't get beat; they just fail to make the correct protection call; in that case, I'm afraid it falls on the QB to recognize the free blitzer???)

Of the five QB hurries/pressures given up by the line; two was due to a free blitzer, so I don't quite know whether the QB needs to take in that task or not.

Graham and Foster each allowed two pressures, and Tate had that questionable holding call against him.

I didn't pay attention to the holds by the Titans O-line, but I did catch their LT with one arm around our guy to tackle him, and it wasn't called.

thunderkyss
09-17-2013, 09:47 PM
The safety was good; but really, it was courtesy of Watt.
Mays was unblocked, and Manning was also there to help.


From what I saw, it was Antonio. He broke through the line & wrapped an arm around Cj3.8ypc. He wasn't able to bring him down in the middle of the endzone. However, this gave Mays time to get to the goal line where Cj3.8ypc met him. Cj went low, but Mays was stout at the line.

76Texan
09-17-2013, 09:52 PM
Yeah, I didn't really pay attention to who it was.

It's a good thing that Mays got the safety, but I would have loved to see him blow CJ all the way out of the end zone; isn't that what a big LB ought to do against a tiny back? :=)