Discussion in 'Texans Talk' started by ObsiWan, Nov 9, 2011.
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Houston Texans at Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 1 p.m. <--- Link to detailed breakdown
Damn, I like the sound of that!
The Bucs are averaging 18.4 points per game. Why would they score more than their average against us?
Teams will be sticking 8 in the box against us from here on out. We have got to learn how to run against that look.
It benefits us that we run & throw out of the same formations, being able to run on 8 defenders will make us unstoppable.
To Dennison/Kubiak's credit, they never abandon the running game. Even when it's not paying big dividends (see the Jags game - foster got 100+ yds but it took 33 carries to get it done). And the way this offense is designed, they have to. Otherwise, the play action you alluded to won't work.
It's also another reason we've got to keep the game close. If we're down two or three scores late in the game, then they'll know we're going to be throwing regardless what formation we show.
Blount is a fiery kinda guy too, I can't wait to see Cushing try to knock him around!!
Why do we see them up two or three scores late in the game? If that happens something went terribly wrong.
Try? Cush will "knock him around". Cush might be bloodied a bit, but he WILL "knock him around". And Blount will know he's been knocked around. JMHO, of coarse.
It's just my opinion, but if we go down by two scores early in the game, I don't believe we "have to" abandon the run game. 2006, Kubiak's first game against the Colts @Reliant. Pretty similar to what happened to the Browns this past Sunday.
Indy opens the game on offense, they score. We get the ball & fumble it too them, they score right after that.
We pretty much abandoned the run game & started throwing the ball. I don't know that we couldn't run, we just didn't. Freeny went off, we commited more turnovers, Manning put up more points.
So, especially if you are good at running the ball, keep running it.
If you find you're still having trouble scoring & it's all of a sudden the 4th Qtr, you have no choice.. throw the ball.
We've been lucky this year, we've been able to get the lead & stay in the lead. Against Baltimore, if we'd have taken the lead on that 3rd Qtr drive, I don't think we lose that game. We continue to run the ball even though we're only averaging 3.5 ypc at that time. We control the clock & force Baltimore to throw.
You nailed it. Having Thunder(Tate) and Lightning(Foster) gives us an edge that no other team in the NFL can defend. Throw in Ward, and there you have it. Unstoppable. We might be the only team in th NFL that can actually slow down the Packer juggernaut. We already know they can't stop an NFL offense, much less ours. The Lombardi Trophy will belong to Houston after 2011. This is the start of the Texan Revolution. Dynasty, baby!!!!
2. The Vikings dominated the Bucs in the first half, but started to play soft in the second half for some reason. I hope Wade keeps up the pressure throughout the game. The last thing we want to see is Freeman feeling comfortable in the pocket.
4. Blount is a big strong guy (both upper body and the lower legs).
He has no second gear to speak of. If we continue to play sound gap assignment as to force him to slow down out of the gate, he won't be much of a factor. Knock on wood!
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