The Houston Texans were outmatched this afternoon in their 34-10 loss to the New York Giants. The Giants played their best game of the season, driving the ball at will, running successfully with both running backs, utilizing a renewed punting game and playing excellent defense.
The Texans, on the other hand, were an all-out disappointment. Gary Kubiak’s offense struggled to get in a groove from the start, soon abandoning the run in the second quarter. The Texans D was also manhandled early and often, surrendering a 14-0, 21-3 and 24-10 lead before finally a 34-10 Texans loss.
The New York Giants defense attacked the Texans offense and executed to the end for the Giants win. It was a full team effort, and the Giants defensive linemen were everywhere. Players like Justin Tuck, Barry Cofield, Chris Canty and Osi Umenyiora were blocking passes on the line, tackling opposing ball carriers, and pressuring Matt Schaub to play in fear.
Schaub finished with only 196 yards and an interception, while the Texans abandoned the run game and Arian Foster hovered around ten total yards until the end of the fourth quarter. Andre Johnson also had a slow game due to the Giants’ attack. Johnson had 5 receptions for 95 yards. Owen Daniels had three receptions for 45 yards.
The Houston Texans defense struggled to control the Giants’ versatile offense. Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks had a hay-day, booming over 100 yards for the second straight game (fourth in his second-year NFL career). Nicks had 12 receptions for 130 yards and two touchdowns. He ad a huge game against the Texans rookie corner, Kareem Jackson.
Although Jackson was able to celebrate his first interception in front of Nicks, Jackson’s overall day was an ugly horrid performance. At one time, Nicks was able to stand on the Texans’ one-yard line, turn around out of Jackson’s coverage and catch the Manning pass for a touchdown with the utmost ease.
For Eli, Manning didn’t bout as many third down mis-conversions as usual and was able to find six Giants receivers on the field. Steve Smith also played a great game for the Giants totaling six receptions for 89 yards and a touchdown.
The Giants’ offense knew it had to be diverse when attacking the Texans defense. For the Giants, they knew they could break the Texans’ secondary as they did all game long. It was breaking the Texans’ run defense that set the Giants a part.
The Texans were kept off the field on the wheels of the Giants’ 18-wheeler like run attack. Ahmad Bradshaw carried the rock 16 times for 67 yards and Brandon Jacobs pounded the Texans for 41 yards and a touchdown on only 10 carries.
Although Brian Cushing and DeMeco Ryans made plays against the run, the Texans secondary was completely ineffective fighting the Giants’ run game. Notably, Bernard Pollard played cautiously, taking care of his injured left shoulder/neck stinger injury.
The 34-10 Texans ‘loss was a stinger to a great start to this 2010 season. It showed the Texans’ secondary may be irreparable and a total project for years to come. The loss showed the Texans’ coaching staff can’t prepare for teams they have yet to play. After the Redskins put up over 400 yards of offense on the Texans’ defense, Houston has now allowed the once-questionable Giants and Cowboys to turn their seasons’ around.
Gary Kubiak will have to prepare his team better and get his scouts up to par in order to have a successful season. Next week the Texans take on the defensively talented Kansas City Chiefs. Although it will be a home game and the Chiefs aren’t known for their offense, they can pressure the quarterback and may cause problems for the Texans offense if Kubiak doesn’t correct the protection issues.