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Sunday, October 19, 2008
Rapid Reaction: Texans 28, Lions 21


Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

The Houston Texans were able to run out to a big lead and hold on against Detroit.

Along the way Matt Schaub twice found tight end Owen Daniels wide open in the end zone on play-action passes from short range for his first two touchdown receptions of the season.

Back in training camp I wondered if the Texans would look to find more ways to get the ball to Daniels in the end zone. He's a solid option in their passing game and he had five scoring catches as a rookie but just three last year.

I guess it might be easier to feed him if Houston saw the Lions more regularly. Look over the box score and dramatic edges in rushing yard (150-77), first downs (29-15) time of possession (40:04 to 19:56) suggest the Texans did well to control this game and make you wonder how the final score wasn't of blowout proportions.

It all would have showed up better in the score if they didn't allow big-play quick scores in the form of a 26-yard run by Kevin Smith and a 96-yard touchdown catch and run by Calvin Johnson. (Cornerback DeMarcus Faggins just won his way back into the starting lineup, then let Johnson get behind him with all that green space? Ouch.)