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22 Oct 2007

Rob Bironas Comes To Houston, Sees, Conquers

I'm not sure what's more improbable- Houston scoring 29 points in the fourth quarter or Houston's losing after scoring 29 points in the fourth quarter. Rob Bironas went 8-for-8 on field goals, including a 29-yarder with two seconds left to fend off the Texan's late charge. Can you say NFL Replay?

Posted by: Sean McCormick on 22 Oct 2007

7 comments, Last at 22 Oct 2007, 3:45pm by NewsToTom


by Bionicman (not verified) :: Mon, 10/22/2007 - 12:53pm

The link doesn't work.

by Sean McCormick :: Mon, 10/22/2007 - 1:06pm

The link should be fixed.

As an added note, I just watched the game from beginning to end on Short Cuts. Tennessee tried desperately to run out the clock throughout the fourth quarter, and even with Houston turning the ball over multiple times, they weren't able to sit on their lead.

by John Kim (not verified) :: Mon, 10/22/2007 - 1:31pm

Sean, It just goes to show how bad the Titans Run offense actually is with Lendale White in there. I'm a Titans fan and I've got to say, I've had enough of LenDale White's getting stuffed at the line because he's too slow to hit the hole.

I don't know why the coaches keep playing him when Chris Brown has had far more success against opposing defenses, and Chris Henry showed a lot during the game in Houston.

by Yaguar (not verified) :: Mon, 10/22/2007 - 2:43pm

I'm an AFC South watcher, and I totally agree that White isn't the answer. (I think their insistence on playing White is one of the reasons Young hasn't developed more this year. Nobody is afraid of the run. Young would legitimately be a better halfback than White.)

I think Chris Brown's Jacksonville game was a big fluke, but he's a mediocre back who can take advantage of the Titans' excellent offensive line and create a fairly good rushing game.

I haven't seen enough of Chris Henry to make a judgement, but I'm pretty sure he can't suck as much as White does.

by TomC (not verified) :: Mon, 10/22/2007 - 2:58pm

Can you say NFL Replay?

I hope not. I listened to much of that game on Westwood One, and while the end might have been suspenseful, the general level of play was cover-your-eyes awful.

Then again, I don't know if I can come up with four games I'd rather see.

by John Kim (not verified) :: Mon, 10/22/2007 - 3:16pm


Yeah. Pretty much. I agree that Chris Brown is an average back, but I'd take rush attempts of something like 6, 10, -2, -3, 7 and etc. over 3, 4, -3, -1, 5 any day. Both Lendale and Chris Brown get stuffed at the line quite a bit, but at least Brown somewhat makes up for it by his ability to break out in a big run once in a while.

Chris Henry looked fantastic behind our O-Line. But then again, maybe I'm getting too ahead of myself, considering this is Houston, after all.

5. The first 3 Quarters are as good as you'll get in terms of a defensive domination by the Titans, if you're into that sort of thing. Only 42 Net Yards given up until Houston's first offensive TD. The last Quarter was cover your eyes bad. Both for the Titans Defense and the Titans Offense.

by NewsToTom (not verified) :: Mon, 10/22/2007 - 3:45pm

I coined "LenDayne" just to get the point across-White reminds me of no one so much as the Wisconsin Badger scrub turned New York Giants star.

The Jaguar game was a great example of (i) why poor coaching and a near-total inability to make decent in-game adjustments will prevent the Jaguars from ever being nearly as good as FO and I think they should be, so long as Jack Del Rio is coach, and (ii) what Chris Brown could do if he was perfectly healthy. Brown looked fully ready in a way he hadn't since the start of the 2004 season. In 2006, he sat because he couldn't break a run to save his life-he'd get tripped up easily and finished the year with only 2 runs of 10+ yards, both in the second Houston game.