Sunday, October 23, 2011
Halftime: Texans rolling sleepwalking Titans
By Paul Kuharsky
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- In plenty of situations I’d say a 20-0 halftime lead for the Houston Texans stopped short of assuring a victory.
But the Tennessee Titans have shown nothing so far at LP Field Sunday to indicate they’re capable of mounting any sort of comeback.
While the Texans have been pretty opportunistic, Tennessee has delivered dud play after dud. Receivers have failed to go get balls. Penalties abound. The Titans are missing tackles.
Houston’s got some swagger and confidence here, even as a key player like safety Danieal Manning has disappeared with a lower left leg injury. Tennessee’s showing absolutely none.
The Texans lead total yards 303-73 and first downs 15-5.
Yes, the Texans have a part it in and will get full credit if they finish. But much of the Titans’ sleepwalking first half appeared self-induced.
Chris Johnson looked timid. Damian Williams and Will Witherspoon looked confused. And Michael Griffin looked like a safety that provided no obstacle at all to Arian Foster once he got in the open field.
The Texans can’t take their foot off the gas. But even if they do, I can’t see the sort of turnaround the Titans need to get back in this.