As I walked around the Astrodome, U2's Streets With No Name started playing on my iPod. Hours of anxious waiting(I woke up at 3 AM) reached an almost magical moment as I saw Reliant emerging from behind the old Astrodome. First of all, thanks to Vinny and everyone else involved in me getting a chance to go to the game today. It was a tough loss, but I had a great time at the game nonetheless. Now, where did it go wrong? Jacksonville's defense isn't bad, but it's not the world-beater Tennessee can be on a good day. The offense wasn't particularly worse than last week, Schaub wasn't as accurate or as crisp, but he still had 3 TDs and valuable mid-range completions. Our running game was much better this week than last. "We're struggling on the defensive side of the ball to be consistent, to stop somebody. We're moving the ball offensivelywe have the last two weeks, but we had two big turnovers in the game so you're minus one in the game and you get beat."--Kubiak Kubiak hit the nail on the head there. Consistency. I'm sure we all saw Antonio Smith, Mario, DeMeco, and Cushing make plays all over the place, or at least come within inches of doing so. We saw the defense force 3 and outs, we saw them stop the Jacksonville offense in the 4th. The problem is, we saw them give up another long run, MJD almost had another long run in the 2nd quarter, only to be stopped for a 9 yard gain by Dunta. They were unable to stop Garrard when he was on the move, at best forcing him to throw the ball away. I fail to remember a sack, or anything closer to a sack than Antonio Smith hitting Garrard's shoulders after he threw for a first down. The defense has the same problem as last year: our line gets pushed around and our DBs just aren't very good. The Jaguars brought in Tra Thomas as a tackle-eligible a few times, yelling at the Texans that a running play was coming, only to see MJD gain 5 yards. This isn't all on Frank Bush. What killed us wasnt just the Jaguars running game, the defense had plenty of stops for us to win. The problem was the defenses tendency to be solid for a few plays and all of a sudden give up a 10 yard run, a 20 yard pass. The defense, to me, has improved from last year, they played well against the Titans if you take away the long runs/passes but you cant. Call it a lack of a killer instinct, bad discipline, or whatever you may, this defense tends to allows big plays. Its not like the Texans of old, allowing Manning to have career days because of a bad scheme and lack of talent. When you have Jay Foreman or Morlon Greenwood as leading tacklers, the defense is obviously going to be bad. The scheme is not to blame here, and neither is the talent. There are playmakers all over the field, except at DB. Dunta Robinson, who has the contractual demands of an All-Pro corner, is anything but. Torry Holt only had 3 catches, but they were all big plays that kept the Jaguars on the field. They were plays I dont see a $10 million a year corner give up. Eugene Wilson and Fred Bennet didnt have stellar games either, but did enough for us to pull out a win on pass defense. Speaking of the pass, Matt Schaub had another great statistical game, throwing for 3 TDs and almost 300 yards. I saw in Reliant last season when he led a great drive that ended with a clutch TD run. Im not prepared to call him a choker, but he certainly didnt step up his game enough in the 4th quarter. Slaton and Chris Brown played well in the 4th quarter, and Schaub did lead the team down the field, but when it mattered most, Schaub allowed himself to be sacked on what was probably the most crucial play of the game, a 3rd and long after a great defensive stop. A couple of guys in my section brought up something interesting: Schaub doesnt go through more than 2 progressions. Its something Ive noticed as well, though feel free to correct me on anything Ive said. There were plays that were meant to go to a certain receiver, and to his credit, Shannahans playcalling often led to the receiver being open. However, when that receiver wasnt open, Schaub threw a couple of balls that I wouldnt call catchable. He did, however, throw a great pitch-and-catch to Jacoby Jones for a touchdown. Something I noticed yesterday that I may not have noticed on TV otherwise is that hes picking up some nuances from Andre Johnson. From his stance, to the way he checked with a linesman to make sure he was in the right spot, to the way he played off a DB. JJ has a chance to learn from one of the best, and he seems to be taking the advice well. Now, heres my Peter King impersonation. Random thoughts: a) Standing in a strangely organized line for the bathroom, I noticed a guy wearing platform shoes. Is that really necessary? b) JJ Moses and Corey Bradford had an autograph booth; to say the booth had a line was generous. c) I saw a guy decked out in 49ers gear, topped off with an Alex Smith Jersey. First of all, the Niners had little more to do with the game than the soccer games in Europe. Second, why would you wear an Alex Smith jersey? d) Glenn Martinez made a couple good plays on special teams. I wouldnt mind having some balls go his way. e) Busing is good against the run, a sure tackler, and has playmaking ability. But even Dominique Barber thinks hes not very good in coverage. f) Jacoby is a good punt returner when he doesnt muff the punt, but there has to be a better option at kick returner. There were at least 2 occasions in which he didnt reach the 20 yard line. g) Julius Williams, a defensive end for the Jaguars who wears #90 had a resemblance of Mario, he looked like a miniature version with the same name and number. I was so disgusted by the thought of Mario going to Jacksonville, almost as much as the thought of DeMeco playing for the Colts or Andre playing the last year(s) of his career with the Titans. h) $5 for a bag of peanuts? Really? $8 for a hot dog? Suddenly that $60 pizza at the North Texas Football Cathedral doesnt look so bad. i) The Colts are undefeated, the Texans and Jaguars are tied for 2nd place in the division, and the Titans have a worse record than the Lions. Its only 3 games in, but funny nonetheless. j) The city has cleaned up a lot since the pothole-ridden dump with constant construction I remember seeing as a kid. The Metro Rail is great for people like me who rely on public transportation, Im 100% behind a route going to UH. Rice got one.