A tale of two halves. Again???

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  1. Texanmike02

    Texanmike02 Site Contributor

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    OK. Last year after walking out of Reliant in week 1 I had this thought in the back of my mind. I was concerned about the yards that PM put up. Today, from the comfort of my couch, I wonder if we have another nemesis.

    I'm not concerned that we didn't score in the second half, I'm concerned that we didn't execute well at all. I understand you run the ball but the two turnovers were just plain unacceptable. If it happens against a team not missing its best player that is a serious problem.

    Two years ago we started strong and finished slow. Last year we started slow and finished strong and we can't do that again. This team needs to show it can play 4 quarters of football. Execute for a full game or we're in some serious trouble over the course of a season.

    Mike
     
  2. FirstTexansFan

    FirstTexansFan The Unknown Fan

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    I didn't read as much into our non-second half as it seems many on the boards here have. I think their are many reasons to take your foot off the gas with a 34 point lead, regardless of the pains many of us suffer from memories of a playoff game in Buffalo many Moons ago :)

    It's the first game of the season, you don't show your entire hand to the rest of the teams you will meet along the way. Second, it's a division opponent, whom you will meet again on their turf.

    Yes, I understand we've suffered with issues of consistency in the past, but I just didn't see that today. The defense was able to turn it on and off as necessary in the second half, and the offense was just running to burn the clock, except for the stupid interception down on their end of the field early in the 3rd. Lets find a way to celebrate our victories with a smile instead of predictions of doom. You gotta believe sooner or later... buy into it, drink the kool-aid :)
     
  3. Marcus

    Marcus Ruthless pragmatist

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    Why the negativity?

    You can't expect a team to be fired up after coming out of the locker room up 34=0. That's unreasonable.

    Edit: And yes, I remember 35-3, so don't even.
     
  4. Ryan

    Ryan THIS YEAR

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    Well we were missing one of our best players as well.

    I was concerned last year about the near 500 yards Peyton threw for last year, but honestly this didn't concern me as much. Schaub wasn't very sharp today at times and that interception definitely has no excuse, but he always seems to get better as the season progresses. It's likely that Foster would not have fumbled in that situation either, but you never really know.

    It's definitely something that could use improvement, and Kubiak was displeased with that as well, so i think it will get better. If your biggest problem as a team is offensive execution while up 34 points, then you're probably in decent shape.
     
  5. Scooter

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    2 turnovers kept it from being a 40+ point win even in turtle mode. we went into turtle with our rookie and 4th string backs sharing duties, and that directly resulted in the turnovers (forcing a dump to slaton and tate's fumble). i wouldnt read too much from this one outside of the obvious - we absolutely crushed the colts in every way.
     
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  6. Hervoyel

    Hervoyel The Right Track

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    It was predictable and understandable. I don't like it either. I was thinking "40+ points on the Colts? No way!" but then I gave it some thought and realized that we'd be shutting it down and trying to kill clock in the second half. Gary goes conservative once the lead surpasses 10 points. Always has. Probably always will.
     
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    The Tale of Two Halves:
    By Timekiller

    Act 1; Half 1

    The first quarter...
    The defense stomped a hole into the Colts and their hope of looking like a real team without their savior.

    De ja 2nd quarter!
    +Note, for 2nd quarter repeat 1st scene entirely+

    Intermission

    Act 2; Half 2

    For once the offense went fireworks, handed it off to the defense and the defense held up it's end of the bargain. Yeah, the 2nd half offense in no way resembled the 1st half....because it didn't need to. Would 60 points have done it? Doubt it. Somebody would find a way to pick at 60 points. How many times did they run that one running play? Like 40 times. By the time the horsies figured it out it was too late and the Texans defense was too mean.
     
  8. EllisUnit

    EllisUnit Serving Koolaid

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    Well the D was playing soft zone in the second half. I wish they would just stay aggressive, i never understand why Defense lets up just cause u have a big lead.
     
  9. hradhak

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    I don't think this was a bad call on Kubes part today. I'm hoping now that our defense can shut it down after we get a little bit of a lead. If only we played the Colts every week...:cow:
     
  10. FirstTexansFan

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    I never thought I'd see that statement on these boards... but it's the truth at this point LOL
     
  11. TexanBacker93

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    I don't have any feelings of doom. While the offense didn't put any points on the board in the 2nd half I didn't see a let down on the defensive side of the ball. Yeah, they scored, but on a very short field after the fumble. That fumble doesn't worry me yet since I haven't seen that it's been a problem for him. He was trying to get extra yards and it came out. The first Schaub interception was actually the fault of the Colts defense. If Schaub hadn't rolled out and seen Andre so open he would have set his feet and thrown it lower.

    Overall, I was excited about what our defense brought to the table.
     
  12. Texanmike02

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    Its not what we did on defense that worries me. It is the way we were sloppy on offense. Our defense was bailed out with a couple of penalties too. I'm just saying that while I'm happy overall, there are a few things that really bother me.

    On offense it is that we were really sloppy in the second half. Putting it on coast doesn't mean you stop executing. We stopped executing. That has been a problem for 3 years and we have almost zero reason to believe its different this year because even in our biggest blow out of an opponent, maybe ever, we still did it.

    Mike
     
  13. burro

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    To quote a Colts fan
    Like it or not, Kubiak is not Bill Belichick. He came out of the locker room with a 34-0 and sat on it. Only fans of the Texans have experienced enough trauma to find signs of impending doom in a 27 point victory over its most challenging division opponent.

    :kubepalm:
     
  14. TexansFight

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    Don't panic. We should have scored another 10 points. Schaub's brain fart and Tate's fumble on back to back series sucked. I am typically a glass half empty guy but even I can see that you are making too much out of this.
     
  15. Bull Pen 1

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    I'll buy in after week 8. I'm not convinced I see games 4-8.
     
  16. thunderkyss

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    "Didn't execute well at all" ?

    Really, what game were you watching?

    Offensively, we had 26 plays outside the two minute warning, & two turnovers.

    At all?

    We gained 139 yards in the second half. 5.5 yards per play (not great..... not "at all" )

    WE MARCHED DOWN THE FIELD ON OUR SECOND POSSESSION... 70 YARDS...

    & the Defense played a heck of a game, even in the second half.

    At all??

    You guys must be drinking the blue Koolaide.

    Put that shit down, come get some of this red stuff.
     
  17. Wolf

    Wolf 100% Texan

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    I wasn't worried about it.I figured with a 34 point lead, you call in the dogs, hunt is over. Maybe it is because I have a lot more confidence in wade running the defense against collins
     
  18. Bull Pen 1

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    The one that didn't score any points in the second half, not even a field goal on that 70 yard drive you're talking about,
     
  19. ThaShark316

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    Gotta find SOMETHING to complain about.
     
  20. thunderkyss

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    The point we're talking about is the offense not looking good at all in the second half.

    Yes, that's the drive I'm talking about. They looked pretty good up till that one play..... how can you argue they didn't look good at all? that they didn't execute at all?

    That's just hateraide.
     

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