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05 Feb 2010

Were The Texans Really Elite After Week 3?

We have a quick chat with our friend Steph Stradley at the Houston Chronicle about the Texans defense after Bernard Pollard showed up, and whether they were really a very good defense after that happened.

Posted by: Bill Barnwell on 05 Feb 2010

10 comments, Last at 05 Feb 2010, 6:17pm by Rivers McCown


by scottyb (not verified) :: Fri, 02/05/2010 - 2:57pm


by DrewTS (not verified) :: Fri, 02/05/2010 - 2:58pm

Yeah, I think I'm also going to go with no. And that's without reading the article, or having any idea what Week 3 has to do with anything.

by UTchamps (not verified) :: Fri, 02/05/2010 - 3:57pm

More like weeks 1 and 2 were disastrous.

by raffy (not verified) :: Fri, 02/05/2010 - 4:08pm

The numbers say Top 12 (weighted DVOA) and marginally better than 0% . Since there are 12 play-off teams in the SB tournament, one could say Play-Off Caliber Defense. But if a play-off team is an elite team...

by Rivers McCown :: Fri, 02/05/2010 - 4:23pm

Elite, no.

Solid, yes.

by socctty :: Fri, 02/05/2010 - 5:35pm

hay rivers how r u

by Rivers McCown :: Fri, 02/05/2010 - 6:17pm

o u kno

by ugarte (not verified) :: Fri, 02/05/2010 - 4:36pm

Does this include 4th quarters against Peyton Manning?

by TNT (not verified) :: Fri, 02/05/2010 - 4:54pm

Looked at the schedule for HOU. The first three weeks were Jets, Titans, and Jags. Unless Manning was pulled in either match, it includes 8 quarters.

by theshadowj :: Fri, 02/05/2010 - 5:33pm

I think you read that wrong, TNT.

Actually, the defense wasn't what let the Texans down in either game against the Colts. The first game was lost on a missed field goal (the colts scored only 7 points in the final quarter), while the second was because of an offensive collapse (a pick six and a strip sack deep in Texans territory). All in all, the defense was the reason the Texans even had a shot of winning in the first game, and played pretty well in the second game as well.