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HT.com link roundup: Week 10 Texans-Jaguars

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 15, 2010 – 1:25 pm

In case you missed it, here’s our coverage from the Texans’ 31-24 Week 10 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field:

Articles

Videos

Photos


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Deflections of Doom

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 14, 2010 – 10:37 pm

Postgame thoughts from “Voice of the Texans” Marc Vandermeer of SportsRadio 610 AM:
 
The last two weeks the Texans have lost games on a couple of improbable deflections that underscore their recent inability to execute. First there was the bounce off Andre Johnson’s leg that ended a late threat against San Diego. Then there was the Hail Mary bat-down that found a receiver who found the end zone at Jacksonville.

These are the times that try fans souls. Yes, it was a one-in-a-million play that beat the Texans Sunday but did it really have to come to that?

The Texans put up only three points in the first half playing inexplicably uninspired offense. They woke up to rack up three second half TDs but lost because they didn’t do the little things necessary to pull out a game while on the comeback trail.

The defense started to get it together in the second half. Or did they? They survived two misses by Josh Scobee who was perfect on the season coming into the game. Then they allowed a Hail Mary game winner resulting in a highlight that could haunt the franchise for a long time.

Many will assume the season is lost and they might be right. Can a team that has given up at least 24 points per game in nine games suddenly turn things around defensively? Can the offense carry the team and play mistake free long enough to get through the final seven games with only one loss?

The Texans have become predictable in that you can assume they will make mistakes, often get into double digit deficits and have enough offense to at least make things interesting if not actually win.

2010 is going down as a season in which a team with so many pluses and positives plays its way into trouble and falls short of its ability. There’s enough time to improve, change and evolve but it’s getting more difficult to believe it’s going to happen for this group.


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Texans-Jaguars postgame notes

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 14, 2010 – 10:35 pm

Courtesy of the Texans’ media relations staff, postgame notes from the Texans’ 31-24 loss to the Texans at Jacksonville in Week 10:

• Houston fell to 4-5 on the season and head coach Gary Kubiak’s career record now stands at 35-38.

• Houston’s 2010 road record is now 2-2.

• Houston now trails 9-8 in the all-time series with Jacksonville.

• All three of Houston’s scoring drives in the second half were 80 yards long, marking the first time season the team had three drives of 80 yards or more in a game.
 
• Houston out-gained Jacksonville 170-78 in the third quarter.

• Houston outscored Jacksonville 14-0 in the third quarter. Houston’s 14 third-quarter points were the most by the team this season, and it was the third time they have shut out an opponent in the third quarter this season. The Texans’ previous third-quarter high was 10 points, scored against Washington (9/19) and at Oakland (10/3).

• The third quarter marked the second time this season the Texans put together back-to-back 80-yard touchdown drives. Houston had consecutive drives of 86 and 80 yards against Kansas City in Week 6.

• The Texans’ opening drive of the game was 10 plays for 69 yards, lasting 4:28 and ending with a 24-yard field goal from K Neil Rackers. It marked the most plays on an opening drive by the Texans this season. The Texans opened Week 1 with a nine-play drive against Indianapolis (9/12).

• It was the fourth time Houston has scored on an opening drive this season. The Texans also scored on their opening drive against Indianapolis (9/12), at Oakland (10/3) and against San Diego (11/7). 

• Jacksonville’s 88 net passing yards tied for the fewest allowed in the first half by the Texans defense this season. Houston’s also allowed 88 net passing yards in the first half at Indianapolis (11/1).

• WR David Anderson’s 19-yard reception in the third quarter was his longest reception of the season.

• Anderson finished the game with a season-best two receptions for 27 yards.

• DE Mark Anderson’s sack of David Garrard in the first quarter resulted in a loss of nine yards and was his second of the season.

• LB Kevin Bentley finished the game with a season-high seven tackles, including five in the first half. His previous season-high was five tackles against San Diego in Week 9.

• TE James Casey made the first start of his career. He finished with one reception for 18 yards.

• RB Arian Foster’s 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter was his team-leading 10th rushing touchdown of the season. Foster moved into sole possession of second place on the Texans’ single-season rushing touchdown list and trails only Domanick Williams, who had 13 rushing touchdowns in 2004.

• Foster’s touchdown was his 11th of the season, moving him into sole possession of second place on the Texans single-season touchdowns scored list behind Domanick Williams’ 14 in 2004.

• Foster finished with 56 yards on 15 carries and moved past Jonathan Wells (1,167 yards) into fifth place on the Texans all-time rushing list with 1,177 yards. He entered the game with 1,121 career rushing yards.

• Foster now has 920 yards rushing on 172 carries with 10 touchdowns and ranks second on the team to K Neil Rackers (67 points) with 66 points scored)

• WR Andre Johnson extended his own team record by catching at least one pass in 74 consecutive games. He now has a catch in 108 of 109 career games played after making a five-yard catch in the first quarter. The catch was also the 631st of Johnson’s career, tying him with Raymond Berry and Anquan Boldin for 46th on the NFL’s All-time list.

• Johnson pulled in a 60-yard pass from QB Matt Schaub in the third quarter, marking his longest reception of the season and fifth-longest reception of his career. It was the longest pass play for the Texans this season.

• Johnson had nine receptions for 146 yards and a touchdown. It marked his 34th 100-yard receiving game of Johnson’s career and his fourth of the season. Johnson has gone over 100 yards in three of his last four games.

• Johnson’s nine-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter was the 46th of his career. Johnson had 103 yards receiving on four receptions in the third quarter.

• Johnson now has 1,118 career receiving yards against Jacksonville. He entered the game with 972 career receiving yards against the Jaguars.

• Johnson ran his season receiving totals to a team-best 52 receptions for 781 yards and four touchdowns. For his career, Johnson ranks 43rd all-time in NFL history with 639 receptions and ranks 56th all-time with 8,729 yards, surpassing John Stallworth’s (1974-87) 8,723 yards.

• DT Amobi Okoye recorded his second sack of the season in the third quarter, dropping QB David Garrard for a loss of seven yards. Okoye’s 2.0 sacks for the season are his most since recording 5.5 as a rookie in 2007.

• Rackers scored for the ninth consecutive game to tie him with Domanick Williams (2004) for the third-longest scoring streak in franchise history.

• CB Glover Quin set a career high with 13 solo tackles, besting his former career mark of seven, set against Seattle on December 13, 2009. He also set a career high for tackles, bettering his mark of eight against Seattle (12/13/09).

• Quin’s 13 solo tackles tie for the second-highest total ever by a Texan, equaling Xavier Adibi (11/18/08 at Indianapolis) and DeMeco Ryans (11/26/06 at N.Y. Jets). The team record is 14 solo tackles, held by Ryans (12/3/06 at Oakland) and Jay Foreman (11/16/08 vs. New England).

• Quin’s 13 solo tackles are the most ever by a Texans defensive back.

• QB Matt Schaub completed 22-of-32 passes for 314 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions and a 121.1 passer rating. It marked his 17th 300-yard game as a pro and his 21st game with a 100.0-plus passer rating as a starter and 22nd overall. It was his third 300-yard game of the season and also his third game with a passer rating of 100.0 or more this season. 

• For the season, Schaub has completed 192-of-299 passes for 2,320 yards, 12 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He threw his 65th career touchdown pass as a Texan to Kevin Walter in the fourth quarter, extending his own team record.

• WR Kevin Walter, who was held without a catch in the three games prior, had two catches for 32 yards on the Texans’ opening drive. He finished the first half with three receptions for 40 yards to lead the Texans.

• Walter ended the day with six receptions for 90 yards and a touchdown. It marked his highest receiving totals since catching 11 passes for 144 yards in Week 2 at Washington.

• Walter’s fourth-quarter touchdown reception was the 20th of his career and 19th as a Texan, moving him past Corey Bradford into third place on the Texans all-time touchdowns scored list.

• Jacksonville won the toss and elected to receive.

• Today’s game captains were LB Kevin Bentley, RB Arian Foster, WR Andre Johnson, QB Matt Schaub, DE Antonio Smith and DE Mario Williams.


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Replay the live game chat

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 14, 2010 – 5:13 pm

The Texans lost 31-24 to the Jaguars on Sunday after a last-second Hail Mary touchdown pass by the Jags.

Replay the HoustonTexans.com live game chat right here.


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Texans-Jaguars: Halftime by the numbers

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 14, 2010 – 1:38 pm

We’re at halftime of the Texans’ Week 10 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. The Texans will receive to start the third quarter. Here’s a look at halftime by the numbers:

17-3: The score, in favor of the Jaguars
200-107: Total yards, in favor of the Jaguars
88-85: Rushing yards, in favor of the Jaguars
112-22: Rushing yards, in favor of the Jaguars
18:44-11:16: Time of possession, in favor of the Jaguars
1: First down for the Texans since their first series of the game
2.8:
Yards per carry for Texans RB Arian Foster, on 8 attempts
5.1: Yards per carry for Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew, on 15 attempts
2: Rushing TDs for Jones-Drew
1: Rushing TD for Jones-Drew heading into this game
75.7: Passer rating for Texans QB Matt Schaub
79.0: Passer rating for Jaguars QB David Garrard
40: Team-high receiving yards for Texans WR Kevin Walter
5: Penalties by the Texans, for 29 yards
24: Yards on Texans K Neil Rackers’ first-quarter field goal


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Join the live game chat

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 14, 2010 – 11:42 am

 Texans TV’s Drew Dougherty and I will be chatting live throughout today’s Texans-Jags game at EverBank Field.

Here’s the link. Stop by and join in on the conversation.

We’ll post as many comments as we can while providing updates and hopefully some sort of insight along the way.


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Texans-Jaguars inactives, lineup changes

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 14, 2010 – 10:43 am

Hot off the presses, here are inactives and lineup changes for the Texans’ Week 10 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. local time, noon CT.

Texans inactives
9 QB Matt Leinart (third quarterback)
30 CB Jason Allen
42 S Torri Williams
52 LB Xavier Adibi
64 G Kasey Studdard
67 DT Malcolm Sheppard
72 DE Jesse Nading
81 TE Owen Daniels

Texans starting lineup changes

Joel Dreessen will start at tight end for Daniels, who is out with a hamstring injury.

Notes
Allen was claimed off waivers on Thursday and was under consideration to play this weekend. Williams was signed from the practice squad on Saturday.

Jaguars inactives
17 WR John Matthews
20 CB Terrence Wheatley
26 CB Chevis Jackson
44 FB Brock Bolen
68 OT Guy Whimper
79 OT Adam Terry
97 DE Aaron Morgan
98 DT Nate Collins

Jaguars starting lineup changes

None annnounced

Notes
The Jaguars will also be without starting defensive end Aaron Kampman, their top pass rusher. Kampman tore an ACL in practice this week and is out for the season.


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Morning photos from EverBank Field

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 14, 2010 – 9:03 am

We’re in the press box at EverBank Field in Jacksonville. The Texans and Jaguars kick off at 1 p.m. local time, noon Central. It’s a beautiful day here in eastern Florida – 65 degrees and sunny without a cloud in the sky.

Other than the Jaguars cheerleaders warming up and some Texans coaches running laps around the field, the stadium is empty as can be from our vantage point in the press box.

Here are some photos from this morning:


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Brown discusses Jags’ loss of Kampman

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 12, 2010 – 3:21 pm

The big news out of Jacksonville today was that Jaguars defensive end Aaron Kampman is out for the season with a torn ACL. Kampman leads the Jaguars with four sacks and 30 quarterback pressures. He was injured late in practice on Thursday.

“He’s a crafty veteran, man,” said Texans left tackle Duane Brown, who would have had the challenge of stopping Kampman on Sunday. “He’s been playing at a pretty high level for a long time. (He has) a pretty good combination of speed and working his hands well. He’s pretty powerful and gave guys some trouble. He’s leading the team in sacks, so I think that’s a huge blow to their defense.”

After practice this afternoon, Brown said he was about to go watch game tape of the Jaguars’ reserve defensive ends to familiarize himself with their tendencies and pass-rush moves.

“I have to change my scouting report and go watch some of the other guys,” he said. “I was kind of focusing on (Kampman) a lot, but I definitely have to prepare for them the same way. They’ve still got some great athletes over there and are still going to bring a lot of pressure, and we’ve got to be ready for that.”


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Texans-Jaguars Friday injury report

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 12, 2010 – 1:34 pm

Here’s the Friday injury report for the Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars:

Texans

Out
TE Owen Daniels (hamstring/DNP)

Doubtful
LB Xavier Adibi (hamstring/DNP)

Questionable
WR Andre Johnson (ankle/limited), DE Jesse Nading (knee/limited), CB Glover Quin (neck/full)

Probable
DE Mark Anderson (arm/full), LB Kevin Bentley (knee/full), G Mike Brisiel (back/full), DT Shaun Cody (knee/limited, TE Garrett Graham (shoulder/full), LB Stanford Keglar (thigh/full), DT Earl Mitchell (ankle/full), CB Antwaun Molden (stomach), CB Karl Paymah (wrist/full), QB Matt Schaub (ribs/full), DE Mario Williams (groin/full)

Notes: This is the second consecutive game that Daniels will miss. Texans coach Gary Kubiak said that Johnson and Schaub will both play on Sunday. Molden was added to the injury report on Saturday.

Jaguars

Out
DE Aaron Kampman (knee/DNP)

Doubtful
None

Questionable
None

Probable
DT Tyson Alualu (knee/full), FB Greg Jones (ankle/full), DE Jeremy Mincey (hand/full), LB Daryl Smith (back/full)

Notes: Kampman suffered a torn ACL in practice on Thursday and will miss the rest of the season. He led the Jaguars with four sacks.


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