Texans Report Card vs Bengals
Matt Schaub (Getty Images)
Matt Schaub (Getty Images)

Posted Oct 21, 2009

Find out how the Houston Texans rated against the Cincinnati Bengals

PASSING OFFENSE: A -- QB Matt Schaub was 28-of-40 for 392 yards and four touchdowns. He threw one interception and was sacked twice, one of which was his fault. He completed passes to seven receivers. WR Andre Johnson (eight for 135) and RB Steve Slaton (six for 102) reached triple digits. TE Owen Daniels (seven for 78) had two touchdown receptions. Without an effective running game, his passing, not to mention the defense, helped the Texans control the ball for 36:15. One sideline pass could have been returned for a touchdown for the second week in a row, but, unlike Arizona's Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Johnathan Joseph dropped it.

RB Steve Slaton continued to struggle, finishing with 43 yards on 19 carries, a 2.3-yard average. After he lost his third fumble of the season, he was replaced by Chris Brown, who carried nine times for 45 yards, most in the fourth quarter. Part of the blame goes to the offensive line for mediocre run blocking.

PASS DEFENSE: B-minus --
QB Carson Palmer threw for 259 yards and one touchdown. He was intercepted at the Texans' 11 by OLB Brian Cushing, who also forced two fumbles. Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco (five for 103) had his first 100-yard game since 2007. Dunta Robinson allowed a 50-yard completion to Ochocinco.

Cedric Benson, who entered the game as the league's leading rusher, was limited to 44 yards on 16 carries. MLB DeMeco Ryans (12 tackles) and OLB Brian Cushing (nine) were the leading tacklers. The defensive players swarmed to Benson and gang-tackled him before he was able to square his shoulders and get going downhill.

K Kris Brown had a field goal blocked for the second game in a row. P Matt Turk had two touchbacks. The coverage teams were outstanding as they have been all season. Jacoby Jones' 30-yard punt return to midfield was wasted by the offense.

One of Gary Kubiak's strengths is getting his team to bounce back. Kubiak is the same win or lose. There are no peaks and valleys. Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is using the pass to set up the run. Defensive coordinator Frank Bush is forced to call a lot of blitzes to pressure the quarterback.

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