What We Learned Against Tampa Bay
Posted Sep 5, 2009
Charlie Bernstein

The Texans closed their preseason with a 27-20 victory at Tampa Bay. Let's see how our keys to the game played out on Friday.

Five most important things for the Texans:

1. Stop the run. The Houston Texans played their backups on Friday and their run defense was improved, slightly. Tampa racked up 124 rushing yards on 28 attempts (4.4 ypc).

2. Protect the quarterback. The Texans offensive line held up for the most part as they allowed just one sack to starter Dan Orlovsky.

3. Less Turnovers. That didn't happen. The Texans lost two fumbles and Dan Orlovsky was picked off for a three-turnover night. The good news is that the turnovers were all committed by backups.

4. Tackle better. The Texans defensive backups did a good job for the most part of wrapping up on Friday night. Jon Busing, Deltha O'Neal, and Buster Davis were the team's top tacklers.

5. Win the line of scrimmage. The Texans held their own at the line of scrimmage, but it's hard to say they won at the point of attack. Houston had a drive end in a 18-yard field goal in which they were not able to punch the ball in the end zone from the one-yard line on a few rushing attempts.

Players to keep an eye on:

1. James Casey- The Texans said that they would feature Casey and he showed what he could do. Casey caught three passes for 22 yards including a touchdown.

2. Rex Grossman- Grossman was great at times and shaky at times, par for his career. Rex finished 9-16 for 197 yards, 2 TD's and no interceptions. He wasn't quite as good as his 139.8 QB rating would suggest, but it was still a fine effort considering he hadn't played in three weeks.

3. DelJuan Robinson- DNP, but Frank Okam was a man inside as he recorded four tackles and a sack.

4. Brice McCain- McCain continued his impressive preseason as he recorded a tackle and a pass defensed.

5. Andre Davis- Davis DNP, but Jacoby Jones had a big performance catching three passes for 148 yards, including an 87-yard touchdown catch.

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