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Sunday, November 13, 2011
Thoughts on the Texans at the half

By Paul Kuharsky

TAMPA, Fla. -- A few halftime thoughts from the Texans' game against the Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium:

ESPN Stats and Info reports that Matt Schaub is the first quarterback since Brett Favre against Denver in 2007 to throw two touchdown passes of 78 yards or more. On the first play from scrimmage on a bootleg, Schaub hit Jacoby Jones on a ball that was actually late and underthrown. Jones adjusted, broke a couple tackles and went 80-yards. Later Arian Foster took a short throw and made two defenders miss along the left side line before he cut back and ran away from people for a 78-yard touchdown catch.

Gary Kubiak has a poor record throwing the red flag, but he got his team 3 points with a good challenge of Aqib Talib’s apparent interception at the Tampa Bay goal line. Schaub shouldn’t have thrown the pass against a big rush up the middle and behind Derrick Mason, but Mason helped jar it free. It initially appeared Talib caught it, then fumbled as he ran with it. But the challenge showed Mason actually helped make sure Talib never completed the catch.

The Bucs appear equipped to move the ball better and more consistently than they have. They decided to go for it on a fourth-and-2 from the Texans’ 5-yard line and didn’t come up with a very surefire play. Cornerback Kareem Jackson was in the way of a Josh Freeman fade for Dezmon Briscoe that never had much of a chance. Is that really the best they could offer there? The Texans are fortunate that’s the case.