The Houston Texans were simply out-talented as they were defeated by the New York Giants by a score of 10-14 in the Meadowlands this week. New York RB Tiki Barber and a short-handed Giants defense rallied to overcome a Texans fourth quarter lead to spoil the upset. The Texans are now 2-6 for the 2006 season.
Texans QB David Carr had a much improved performance this week against a superior Giants defense throwing 21/30 for 176 yards and rushed 5 times for 24 yards and a third quarter touchdown to give the Texans a late game lead. Carr didn't make the same mistakes that got him benched last week, but the Texans showed they still have room for improvement as a whole.
Texans RB Wali Lundy didn't have quite the game he had against the Tennessee Titans last week. Against the Giants Lundy only carried the ball 20 times for 43 yards – showing the Texans still have a lot of work to do to establish a competitive running game against a solid NFL opponent.
The passing game could have been better this week, but still faired well against the Giants defense. WR Andre Johnson made 9 receptions for 83 yards and is still well on pace to have the best season of his career. Texans rookie TE Owen Daniels, WR Eric Moulds, and RB Wali Lundy all had 3 receptions apiece.
The Texans defense really showed what they were made of today, led by the rookies. LB DeMeco Ryans led the Texans with 8 tackles and 1 sack, while DE Mario Williams added another sack to his team leading total today as well.
The Texans defense held QB Eli Manning and the rest of the Giants offense to only 285 net yards. Giants RB Tiki Barber came alive with 115 yards on 17 attempts and finally got his first rushing touchdown of the season.
With this loss, the Texans extended a less than favorable statistic of the longest active road losing streak with 12 consecutive losses. Next week the Texans will travel to Jacksonville to try and end that streak. The Texans last win came 3 weeks ago when they beat the Jaguars in Houston at Reliant Stadium.