What We Learned: Texans vs Titans, 34-31
Johnson with a TD (Getty Images)
Johnson with a TD (Getty Images)
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Posted Sep 20, 2009
Charlie Bernstein


The Houston Texans took an early punch, but came back swinging as they defeated the Tennessee Titans, 34-31 to even their record at 1-1. Let's see how our keys to victory played out.

Three most important things for the Texans on defense:

1. Stop the run.
Tennessee ran for 240 yards on just 26 attempts. Somehow it was not enough.

2. No big plays.
Chris Johnson was a human highlight film, but it was not enough.

3. Beware of the screen.
Ahh, forget it.


Three most important things for the Texans on offense:

1. Protect Matt Schaub.
Schaub wasn't sacked and thus had a career day passing.

2. Dink and dunk.
Schaub got the ball out quickly and the Texans struck in both the short and deep passing game.

3. Try to establish some sort of rushing attack.
They didn't need it.


What to look for:

1. Look for a steady dose of Chris Johnson and LenDale White for the Titans.
Johnson alone accounted for 285 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns.

2. Look for Jared Cook to be used in the passing game.
Didn't happen.

3. Look for Steve Slaton to struggle.
17 carries for 34 yards.

4. Look for the Texans to force two or more turnovers if they are going to win.
Houston forced two turnovers and won.

5. Look for the Titans to dominate TOP.
The Texans actually held the ball for 34:03 to the Titans 25:57. That was huge.



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