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
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