Scouts Inc. preview of Texans- Titans

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  1. JB

    JB Old Curmudgeon

    Jan 23, 2009
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    Wherever I was, I was more than likely drunk
    Interesting read:

    Texans-Titans: 10 observations By Doug Kretz
    Scouts Inc.
    Houston at Tennessee
    When: 1:00 PM ET
    Watch: CBS

    After breaking down film of both teams, Scouts Inc. offers 10 things to watch in this week's Titans-Texans matchup.

    1. Houston needs to find a way to protect the pocket: With QB Matt Schaub nursing a tender ankle, the offensive line needs to settle down and do a better job of protecting the pocket. Schaub is not the most mobile quarterback, even when healthy, and is most effective when throwing from the pocket. The offensive line will face a very active pass rush from Tennessee and will need to keep extra blockers in the form of a tight end or fullback in to give Schaub more time.

    2. Expect the Texans to come out more physical than they did against the Jets in Week 1: The Texans were dominated physically up front and need to come out with a swagger if they want to hold their own against the Titans. A more aggressive ground game would help.

    3. Houston will try to get WR Andre Johnson involved early and often: Johnson finished Sunday's game with a total of four receptions for 35 yards -- with only one of those catches coming in the first three quarters. Johnson gives the Texans a legitimate deep threat as well as the size to go over the middle and catch the ball in traffic. The Texans need to get him involved to take some pressure off the ground game.

    4. Look for the Texans to focus on stopping the run: Houston matches up well with Tennessee's receivers thanks to quality cover corners and will likely devote extra defenders to stopping the run by sliding a safety up into the box. In Chris Johnson and LenDale White, they are facing a potentially more dominant run game than they did against Thomas Jones in Week 1. Houston's defensive linemen need maintain gap control if they want to control Tennessee's running game.

    5. Matchup to watch: Houston RDE Mario Williams vs. Tennessee LOT Michael Roos. Williams has become one of the more complete DE packages in the entire NFL. He is equally adept at stopping the run as he is when rushing the passer. He brings a good combination of size, strength and athleticism. Roos has quietly become one of the elite left tackles in the league and how well he contains Williams will have a lot to say about the outcome of this game.

    6. Tennessee will roll coverage to Andre Johnson's side to try and shut him down: After giving up 363 yards to Pittsburgh's passing game, we can expect the Titans to do everything possible to shut down Johnson. If the Titans can control the stud WR and limit his touches, they feel like they can match up with Houston's other weapons one-on-one.

    7. Expect the Titans to bring a blitz-heavy package: We can count on Tennessee's defensive coordinator Chuck Cecil to do his due diligence when it comes to studying the Jets-Texans matchup. He will note the problems the Houston offensive line had trying to adjust to the active defense New York threw at them. With the limited mobility of Schaub, Tennessee will want to bring heavy pressure on obvious passing situations.

    8. Tennessee needs to run the ball effectively: Johnson and White combined for a total of 85 yards on 23 carries against the Steelers, but they couldn't count on the ground game in crunch time. The team only picked up two first downs on the ground against Pittsburgh. Houston won't be as stingy against the run, so we can expect the Titans to pound the ball early and often.

    9. Look for Tennessee to make Houston one-dimensional by taking away the ground game: This is crucial because Houston needs to be able to run the ball effectively in order for their play-action fake to work. It's also challenging to win road games by throwing when you're down late.

    10. Another matchup to watch: Tennessee DC Cortland Finnegan vs. Andre Johnson. Johnson is almost impossible to shut down one-on-one; Finnegan will have his hands full. He's not the biggest CB in the NFL, but he is skilled and physical. Defensive coordinator Chuck Cecil will likely roll coverage to help Finnegan over the top but there will be plenty of situations where he will be lined up in single coverage.

    Houston 17
    Tennessee 23
  2. Runner

    Runner Hubcap Diamond Staff Member

    Jan 6, 2005
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    It's pretty clear what the Texans NEED to do. It's what they CAN do that is open for debate.
  3. Silver Oak

    Silver Oak Hall of Fame

    Dec 5, 2006
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    based on that matchup analysis, I think I would unleash our THOR package on their unsuspecting minds.

    if not, Schaub could be in for a day on his back, or worse, an injury.
  4. Honoring Earl 34

    Honoring Earl 34 Teflon Rick must go

    Jan 7, 2005
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  5. ATXtexanfan

    ATXtexanfan Site Contributor

    Apr 14, 2007
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    leander, tx
    I hope the texans keep the score that close
  6. HTown2ATX

    HTown2ATX TexansMetalhead

    Aug 3, 2009
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    I think someone put more kool aid in my cup dangit. My homerism is starting to take over my rational and I am starting to think that maybe, just MAYBE we will be competitive (based on nothing more than the idea that the guys in the locker room have to be viewing this as a must win) and possibly steal this one. I was so pissed after the ordure that I saw on display last Sunday!! Sometime yesterday that finally faded for me. I'm ready to move on. I think that the boys know that they have a real shot at getting back on track if they can win this game. Our next two games are at home against JAX and OAK (and Oak looked better than expected last Monday). But IF we can steal this one, get confidence, come back home and ride that to two more W's, we're back to 3-1 where I hoped we'd be after the 1st four on the schedule. Even if we lose, as long as we show some grit and nastiness and are competitive, it will still be a loss (and I hate the "Moral Victory" card), but at least we will have competed and left it all out on the field against a really tough TEN team on the road.

  7. TheRealJoker

    TheRealJoker Hall of Fame

    Mar 15, 2005
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    We need to activate Hill so we can have him help protect Schaub and open holes in the running game. That's what we drafted him for! Who cares if he is not ready as a receiving TE? We dont need him catching balls, we do however need someone who can help out with the blocking.
  8. badboy

    badboy Site Contributor

    Apr 19, 2007
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    Clear Lake
    #6:hopefully Walter's return will be successful. We are playing a stronger team imo but we have some key players back for this game. If Texans can not work up a good game against this Titan team then I will re-evaluate entire season.
  9. mattieuk

    mattieuk Site Contributor

    Oct 27, 2007
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    Too darned right. Ok....we played like a bunch of fanny asses on Sunday, but this is where it counts double. If we want playoffs, we have to win the division probably. And the way we win division, is by picking up our road games, and that starts here. I'm willing to forget about the Jets, if we come out against the Tacks, play as hard as we can (ok we're not the strongest team in the world, but with some spirit we can make up for that), keep Schaub safe during the first quarter/half, and get out stud receivers into the game to set up something for Slaton, then we've got a chance....not a huge one, but a chance. I didn't wait 8 months of offseason to dismiss out chances after one Texans style implosion (it takes a good 4/5 of them a year to do that!).

  10. DocBar

    DocBar Hall of Fame

    Apr 6, 2005
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    Did they copy and paste that from the Jets game and substitute Titans? That looks awful familiar. How about the Texans need to knock the crap out of the Titans more often than getting the crap knocked out of them?

  11. b0ng

    b0ng Bad Hombre

    Jul 21, 2007
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    Leave those rollerskates at home Chris Meyers!

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