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Old 09-20-2007   #21
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So far this season the thing that has pleased me the most is that each game the entire team seems to be improving from the previous week's performance and as the games are ongoing as well.

On a side note, teams aren't forced to stop running the ball because they are down. They are forced to pass if they are down with little time left relative to the difference in the score. By reading some of the posts on here one might think that the Panthers would be forced to pass from the beginning of the 2nd Half because the Texans were up by 3 points. Of course, that is nonsense. Now, even after the Texans scored 2 quick TD's to put themselves up by 17 points there was still enough time left for the Panthers to continue to run. Of course, as the Panthers' successive drives ended with failure so to did their opportunity to continue running the ball come to an end.
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Old 09-20-2007   #22
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Yards per rush (3.9) and yards per pass (6.5) are both interesting stats, but like I said in my post, can't be relied on to tell the whole story.

According to those stats, we are middle of the pack. But a team that gives up huge plays and then forces the opponent to settle for a field goal is a much better defense than a team that allows lots of short yardage plays all the way down the field.

Thats why you have to take yards per attempt (both run and pass), couple them to first downs, 3rd down completion (40%), and scoring defense (24 points given up in 2 games) to really paint an accurate picture of how your teams defense has played.

To elaborate on my conclusion, after watching the team, reading the articles, and viewing the statistics, I would say that our defense has started off poorly in both games. We have had bad first quarters, and then vastly improved.

Our team has shown the ability to make in game adjustments like never before.

Our team has bent many times, but has either made a key stop on a 3rd down situation or forced a turnover.

And for that reason, we are a damn good defense.

Do we have our problems? Absolutely. Our run defense is not tested enough. Our secondary has been a little suspect. But that doesnt mean we aren't still dominating at the moment, and just means, in my opinion, we have a very high ceiling.
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And what about defenses who ranked statistically high because they held the ball so long other offenses didn't get a chance to move it? Or defenses that ranked statistically high because other teams were always playing from behind and always became 1 dimensional?

The Texans defense currently ranks 9th in total yards per game. We rank 19th against the pass and a very impressive 3rd against the run.

So are we really that good of a defense, or are our stats skewed because we hold onto the ball and seem to be playing with the lead?

First off, I think its important to note that we rank a very impressive 4th in time of possession. We have held onto the ball for almost 70 minutes out of a total of 120 minutes played. Thats pretty awesome.

So what does this mean about of defense? Our yardage stats are slightly skewed because we don't let opposing teams have the ball.

So what about playing with the lead? If you've watched the Texans games, you'll know we have had the lead for the majority of both games. We were up at halftime against the Panthers, and had the lead the whole game against the Chiefs. As a result, the other team has had to pass a lot more.



Pretty good post overall, but I want to point out some flaws in your logic.

#1)Just because we are leading in time of possession, doesn't mean the other team doesn't get a chance to get the ball. If we take 10 minutes to score a field goal, it's up to our defense to not allow the other team 20 minutes to score a touchdown. As long as the number of offensive possessions are the same(or close) I don't think TOP skews defensive stats.

#2)Just because one team has a lead over another doesn't automatically take the run game out of the first teams plans, especially if they have home run hitters in the backfield. Generally speaking, the size of the lead, and the time remaining in the half need to be considered. If the Colts are up by two touchdowns in the first Quarter, the run game should still be in effect.

I beleive we lost that first game against Indy because Kubiak abandoned the run game too early(as he did against Philly). We were playing from behind, but we were moving the ball on the ground. After Wali Lundy fumbled the ball, that was it. We started trading points with Indy, and that's a much tougher game to play. Our defense was on the field all day, because we started going three & out, and Indy kept running the score up. Had we run the ball, let our Defense rest, we'd have only needed to make a couple of stops.
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I'd put them against ANY offense in the NFL.
They'll be up against one of the best on Sunday.
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