Halftime thoughts on Titans-Texans

HOUSTON -- Halftime thoughts from Reliant Stadium where the Texans are dominating the Titans and have a 14-0 lead:

  • The Texans are winning time of possession 20:03 to 9:57 and have 15 first downs to two for Tennessee.

  • The Titans needed good offensive line play from the start to give rookie Rusty Smith a chance. They undid him in the first series, allowing a sack by Mario Williams and enduring a false start by Michael Roos. Then they watched Justin Gage drop a good third-down pass. Later, Nate Washington had an alligator arms drop and Bo Scaife was unable to haul in a ball that was a touch long but that he got his hands on.

  • The Texans benched Brice McCain, who’s been in their nickel package most of the season, playing outside in three-corner sets. Jason Allen has covered Randy Moss with Kareem Jackson coming in as the third DB as Glover Quin moved inside like usual.

  • Houston’s gotten some yards with short stuff over the middle to Andre Johnson, who gains a crossing route edge on Cortland Finnegan and finds space near Stephen Tulloch.

  • The Titans’ run game is all out of whack, and hasn’t helped in time of possession where the Texans are winning big. While Arian Foster has 12 carries for 51 yards and backup Derrick Ward has four for 34, Chris Johnson has three carries for 2 yards, with backup Javon Ringer getting two carries for 10.

  • The Texans continue to use Joel Dreessen well. The Titans continue to fail to cover tight ends closely. He was wide open in the back middle of the end zone on his 1-yard touchdown reception.

  • Matt Schaub made a bad decision on the last play of the half, but Eric Winston bailed him out with a giant fumble recovery.

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