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Old 09-12-2011   #1
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By Paul Kuharsky

Here’s the best of it on the Texans and Colts:
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  • At 34-0, the Colts faced their largest halftime deficit in franchise history.
  • The Texans, now 3-16 all-time against the Colts, had never held the Colts to fewer than 19 points.
  • The Colts had scored under 10 points just once in their previous 107 games including the postseason.
  • Kerry Collins was seven-for-10 with 9.1 yards per attempt and a touchdown against the Texans’ base 3-4 defense. When the Texans had five or more defensive backs on the field, he was nine-for-21, with 5.0 yards per attempt.
  • That was the largest halftime point total in an NFL season opener since 1994 when the Colts led the Houston Oilers 35–0.
  • Collins lost more fumbles in the first quarter on Sunday (two) than Peyton Manning lost in his past 56 regular-season games combined (one), dating to November 2007.
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Warms my heart!

The DB-stat is interesting, who knew that better coverage equals more success against the passing game ?
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Kerry Collins was seven-for-10 with 9.1 yards per attempt and a touchdown against the Texans’ base 3-4 defense. When the Texans had five or more defensive backs on the field, he was nine-for-21, with 5.0 yards per attempt.
This is interesting. I wonder if this means we are getting more pressure out of our 4-man fronts or if we're just getting better coverage with a nickel on the field.
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Default Re: Sorting through the stats: Colts-Texans

One thing about this game... we all know it would have been different if Manning was playing. We all know it would have been a different game if their offense was working. Their defense isn't great, they rarely ever post a top ten defense, if ever. It may be conjecture on my part, but if they rank in the top half of the league, it's because the offense keeps them off the field and/or makes the opposing offense one dimensional.

This is how a great offense works. We all know that. When you've got a great offense, it is your best defense.

We want to tell ourselves that we had a great offense in 2010. But when has our offense ever done for our defense what the Colts offense (a great offense) has done for theirs? What we saw from the Colts on Sunday, is similar to what we saw from the Texans all of 2010. The Defense isn't great, far from it. But they set up a second half that would allow for a second half comeback, their offense just wasn't able to execute.

I understand our turnovers & our conservative coach helped, but that's no different than what happened against the Giants last year. We forced two (three??) turnovers back to back to open the third Qtr, but our offense couldn't do crap against a defense that matched up well to our offense.

In 2010, our offense was better than average. We put up some stats. But the stats only tell half the story.
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Also, it's the most points scored in a half by the Texans.
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Our secondary was so horrible last year that our D was definitely the bigger problem overall, but that's not to say that the offense didn't disappear sometimes. It's all shades of gray, but our secondary was by far the worst part of the team, except for maybe the DC who helped them suck more.
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Our secondary was so horrible last year that our D was definitely the bigger problem overall, but that's not to say that the offense didn't disappear sometimes. It's all shades of gray, but our secondary was by far the worst part of the team, except for maybe the DC who helped them suck more.
Every offense, even the Manning led Colts at their best, even the Patriots with Brady, every offense dissappears at times. Sometimes for complete games.

One of the biggest problems our offense had last year was that we so rarely got good field position from the defense. And also, we got no points from our defense or special teams last year. Most high scoring teams get at least some points from the other side of the ball.
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One of the biggest problems our offense had last year was that we so rarely got good field position from the defense.
Another problem was that the Texans offense was often dormant in the 1st half, averaging 7.6 points in the team's 10 losses. The Texans scored a mere field goal in 5 of those games (Giants, Cowboys, @Colts, @Jags, @Titans).

But that was last year. Bygones be bygones and all. This year, the Texans are averaging 34ppg in the 1st half, and zip to the opposition. Let's toast to the team's future success!
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We have not scored a single point in the second half of a game this year!

The sky is falling!!!
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We have not scored a single point in the second half of a game this year!

The sky is falling!!!
The Texans are undefeated in the post-David Anderson era.

It was nice while it lasted.
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What I enjoyed most was seeing Collins fumble the ball away. We used to have a guy who fumbled the opening snap against the Colts a couple of times. Put us in a hole before we even had a chance to compete.
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The Texans are undefeated in the post-David Anderson era.
Yeah, but the Broncos haven't won a single game in their post-David Anderson era.
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Another problem was that the Texans offense was often dormant in the 1st half, averaging 7.6 points in the team's 10 losses. The Texans scored a mere field goal in 5 of those games (Giants, Cowboys, @Colts, @Jags, @Titans).

But that was last year. Bygones be bygones and all. This year, the Texans are averaging 34ppg in the 1st half, and zip to the opposition. Let's toast to the team's future success!
Exactly... bygones. However, I am curious to know what we've done since then to fix the problem. Is it a matter of minor improvements in the run game? Better play calling? A healthier OD? Expanding James Casey's role?

What did we do last Sunday? Two punts?

Or was it a result of our defense playing an outmatched offense? & how often can we expect that to happen?

Tomorrow, we play Miami. Not what I would call an Elite offense, but better than what we faced last week & that OL is much, much better.
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