Vanderblog: Five Yards More, Please
By MARC VANDERMEER, SportsRadio 610 October 9, 2011 9:49 PM
No matter how you slice this game up, the Texans offense had to find a way to score more than six points in the second half. They gave Arian Foster 22 carries and still couldn’t get the ground game rolling. It’s great that they could throw for over 400 yards without Andre Johnson but they were five yards shy of winning and that’s all that matters.
Sure you can say that most mortal kickers aren’t going to make three field goals from 50 and beyond (to tie an NFL record that former Texans Kris Brown shares).
And you can say that you must hold opponents below 25 points to win. But don’t blame this one on the defense. They kept getting you the ball back and forcing Sebastian Janikowski to make those long kicks.
This loss was about the offense failing to move the football for most of the second half until a fire drill got them to the five yard line for the final play.
And about that play, perhaps Matt Schaub could have run it. Perhaps he could have lobbed the ball higher to enable Jacoby Jones to have a better shot at it. But he didn’t. And the Texans will just have to live with losing another heart stopper at Reliant Stadium that they ‘woulda, coulda, shoulda’ won.
Before the game I talked about winning as a favorite and how hard that can be. Also, when Al Davis passed away Saturday you knew that it might affect this game but you didn’t know how. Now you do.
Just seeing the reaction of Hue Jackson tells you what this meant to the people in the organization who knew Davis best. Sure, the players are not as connected but they are connected to those who felt the impact of the loss of Davis and they would have to be brain dead to not let it seep in.
All that being said, the Texans had to find a way to win and they didn’t. They still haven’t turned the corner to become a consistent winner. Now comes the tough part, to go on the road for back to back games against Baltimore and Tennessee. After that, the schedule appears to soften up. But if you haven’t learned it yet, take nothing for granted in the National Football League.