Red zone woes could haunt Texans

September, 25, 2011
9/25/11
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NEW ORLEANS -- Red zone offense has been the big issue for the Texans through the first half of their game against the Saints.

Houston’s controlled this game, but its lead is just 16-10 at intermission because it’s settled for three Neil Rackers field goals from 22, 27 and 27 yards.

Stalling once they got to close range has kept the Texans from really pulling away.

They’ve gotten a ton of big plays from Andre Johnson, James Casey, Owen Daniels and Ben Tate. They've got a yardage advantage of 301-177.

Perhaps they pick it up and continue in the second half. But if the Saints feel they’ve withstood Houston’s best and come out and play better, the Texans may wind up bemoaning their failure to find an additional touchdown or two when they were in range.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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