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Texans' Formations and Observations

TEXANS OFFENSE
14th in Passing (229 yds avg)
5th  in Rushing (142 yds avg)

TEXANS DEFENSE
32nd against Pass (329 yds avg)
5th  against Run  (79  yds avg)

STARTING LINEUP VS GIANTS


TEXANS OFFENSE

QB-  #8 Matt Schaub
HB-  #23 Arian Foster
FB-  #44 Vonta Leach
X-    #80 Andre Johnson
Y-    #83 Kevin Walter
Z-    #89 David Anderson
TE- #81 Owen Daniels
LT- #78 Rashad Butler
LG- #74 Wade Smith
C-   #55 Chris Myers
RG- #65 Mike Brisiel
RT- #73 Eric Winston

TEXANS DEFENSE
DE-     #90 Mario Williams
DT-     #91 Amobi Okoye
DT-     #95 Shaun Cody
DE-    #94 Antonio Smith
WLB- #54 Zac Diles
MLB-  #59 Demeco Ryans
SLB-  #56 Brian Cushing
CB-    #25 Kareem Jackson (ROOKIE)
FS-    #33 Troy Nolan
SS-   #31 Bernard Pollard
CB-   #29 Glover Quin

SPECIAL TEAMS
K-      #4 Neil Rackers
P-      #1 Matt Turk
KR-  #20 Steve Slaton
PR-  #89 David Anderson

SHOTGUN/DOUBLES             (9 Plays)
3 Play on 1st Down
2 Play on 2nd Down
3 Play on 3rd Down
1 Play on 4th Down


IFORM/PRO                   (4 Plays)

3 Play on 1st Down
1 Play on 2nd Down


SINGLEBACK/DOUBLES          (3 Plays)

1 Play on 1st Down
2 Play on 2nd Down


SHOTGUN/2 TIGHT             (3 Plays)

3 Plays on 3rd Down


SINGLEBACK/BUNCH RIGHT      (3 Plays)

1 Play on 1st Down 
2 Play on 2nd Down


SINGLEBACK/TIGHT DOUBLES    (3 Plays)
3  Plays on 1st Down


SHOTGUN/SPLIT TEXAN        (3 Plays)
1 Play on 2nd Down
2 Play on 3rd Down

SINGLEBACK/ACE TWINS RIGHT (2 PLAYS)

1 Play on 1st Down
1 Play On 2nd Down


I-FORM/ 3 WIDE             (2 Plays)

2 Play on 1st Down

SHOTGUN/TRIPS RIGHT        (2 Plays)

2 Plays on 3rd Down

IFORM/TIGHT PAIR           (2 Plays)

2 Play on 2nd Down

WEAK/PRO                   (2 Plays)
1 Play on 1st Down
1 Play on 2nd Down


IFORM/TWINS RIGHT          (2 Plays)

1 Play on 1st Down
1 Play on 2nd Down

STRONG/PRO                 (2 Plays)

2 Play on 2nd Down

SINGLEBACK/BUNCH LEFT      (2 Plays)
1 Play on 1st Down
1 Play on 2nd Down



STRONG/CLOSE                (1 Play)
1 Play on 1st Down


SHOTGUN/BUNCH RIGHT         (1 Play)
1 Play 3rd Down

SINGLEBACK/TWINS LEFT       (1 Play)

1 Play 1st Down


STRONG/ TWINS RIGHT         (1 Play)

1 Play on 1st Down


SINGLEBACK/ACE CLOSE        (1 Play)

1 Play on 1st Down


SHOTGUN/Y TRIPS HB WEAK     (1 Play)
1 Play on 3rd Down



IFORM/TWINS FLEX            (1 Play)
1 Play on 1st Down

SHOTGUN/SNUG FLIP           (1 Play)

1 Play on 2nd Down

RUN PLAYS
1ST QTR - 4 Plays
2ND QTR - 4 Plays
3RD QTR - 2 Plays
4TH QTR - 3 Plays

PASS PLAYS
1ST QTR- 9  Plays
2ND QTR- 9  Plays
3RD QTR- 12 Plays
4TH QTR- 7  Plays

1ST HALF

1st Down-  8 Passes  to  3 Runs
2nd Down- 6 Runs      to  3 Passes
3rd Down-  7 Passes  to  0 Runs
4th Down-  4 Punts      to  1 Field Goal

2nd HALF
1st Down- 10 Passes to  3 Runs
2nd Down- 6 Passes  to  2 Runs
3rd Down-  5 Passes  to  0 Runs
4th Down-  3 Punts      to  1 Run

RUNS
STRETCH- (10 Times)
4 Plays on 1st Down
6 Plays on 2nd Down

COUNTER- (1 Time)
1 Play on 2nd Down

PITCH-   (1 Time)
1 Play on 1st Down

BLAST-   (1 Time)

1 Play on 1st Down (Goalline)

PASS ROUTES
SCREEN  (3 Times)
2 Plays on 1st Down
1 Play on 3rd Down

SLANT (4 Times)
1 Play on 1st Down
2 Plays on 2nd Down
1 Play on 3rd Down

OUT  (6 Times)
3 Plays on 1st Down
2 Plays on 2nd Down
1 Play on 3rd Down

HOOK (4 Times)
2 Plays on 1st Down
2 Plays on 3rd Down

CURL (2 Times)

1 Play on 2nd Down
1 Play on 3rd Down


IN (2 Times)
1 Play on 1st Down
1 Play on 3rd Down

SEAM (1 Time)
1 Play on 1st Down

POST (2 Times)
2 Plays on 2nd Down (Andre Johnson on Both)

COMEBACK (1 Time)

1 Play on 1st Down

CORNER  (2 Times)
1 Play on 1st Down
1 Play on 3rd Down

DRAG    (2 Times)
1 Play on 2nd Down
1 Play on 3rd Down

CORNERPOST (1 Time)
1 Play on 1st Down (Andre Johnson)

FLATS    (3 Times)

1 Play on 1st Down
1 Play on 3rd Down
1 Play on 4th Down

TEXANS OFEENSIVELY

*The Texans want to get their stretch zone running game going immediately. So it sets up their play-action post and comeback routes. And then they want to finish with their bootleg series. If you shut down their stretch game like the giants did, they become extremely uncomfortable.


*Arian Foster is a one cut and go back. If you force him to make more than one cut. He struggles.


*Matt Schaub becomes inacurate outside of the numbers on the field. The Texans passing game revolves around routes inside of the numbers on the field.


*Schaub does a lot of 3 and 5 Step Drops. The defense batted down 4 of his throw balls. And were constantly jumping up forcing him to throw over and being inaccurate.


*If Owen Daniels goes in motion he is either blocking for the stretch or catching a quick out route pass.


*The Texans offensive line does not handle dline twist/stunts very well and the Giants constantly got pressure when doing this.


*In the 1st Half Arian Foster had 8 Carries for 9 yards. Andre Johnson had no catches. Offense had only 6 1st downs.


*The Texans weakest lineman is their left tackle Rashad Butler. Tamba Hali will give him fits.


*When Derrick Ward is in the offensive line switches to man blocking. When Arian Foster or Steve Slaton are in they do zone blocking. Derrick Ward is lethal out of the flats.

TEXANS DEFENSIVELY (4-3 Scheme)
*The linebacking core of (Zac Diles, Demeco Ryans and Brian Cushing) is the strength of this run defense. They are very tough against the run and fast.


*Brian Cushing always lines up on the tight end side. He runs with the tight end until they get frustrated at teams passing all over them. Then he blitzes every play.


*WR and HB Screen are very effective against this defense.


*Crossing Routes are lethal against their secondary. It is an easy way to get separation.


*Play-Action Comeback Routes 12/15 Yards on Money plays against the D. They couldn't stop it. The corners were so afraid of getting beat deep.


*The defense is very weak against the shotgun. They were picked apart in shotgun formations. It exposes the linebackers in ability to cover and lack of pass rush.


*DE- Antonio Smith loves to use the inside move and refuses to go around the edge.


*The HB Draw out of the shotgun hurt the Texans in short yardage.


*The Corners gave 6-12 yards cushion on most plays.


*Giants had 175 yards passing/ 79 rushing/ 254 Total Yards and 17 1st downs by halftime.


*The HB coming out of flats is lethal against the Texan linebackers. It was an easy first down.


*Texans liked to run twist and stunts with the DE's and Brian Cushing.


*Texans pass rush was no-existent most of the game. Eli had 5-7 seconds a majority of the time.


*The Giants dominated CB-#21 Brice McCain with the back shoulder throw.


*The Texans corners do not turn their heads around quickly enough against passes. And do not read the receivers eyes or hands very well to make plays on the ball.

TEXANS SPECIAL TEAMS
*Former Chief Bernard Pollard needs to be accounted for on every punt and field goal attempt. He almost blocked every field goal and punt there was.


*Antwaun Molden is a very good gunner for the Texans on punts. And was down there to make the tackle on most punts.


*David Anderson is an over aggressive punt returner and fielded almost every punt. He took some risk that will cost the team sooner or later. For example, taking the punt on a hop with 3 defenders around.


*Steve Slaton must be tackled quickly on kick returns. If you give him a full head of steam, it will cost you in field position.


OVERALL

*The Giants came into the game early and shut down the Texans stretch running game. Foster had 8 Carries for 9 yards in 1st Half. Then when they went to pass. Schaub passes either got batted down. Or they took away his strength of passing to routes in between the numbers. They forced the Texans into 2nd and 7 at best, typically 2nd and 10 or 2nd and 13. And the Texans had 3 and out series like crazy. The giants took advantage of their passing defense early and got 3 quick scores to go up 21-0. The Giants showed that if you take away the Texans stretch game, they can't play action effectively to Andre Johnson and they can't bootleg off of it.


*If Matt Cassel can not pass on this defense, they will not win this game. Nor will he have a successful season. They are THE WORST passing defense for a reason. They have little to no pass rush, their corners give so much cushion and can't make plays on the ball. And they are scared to death to get beat deep. So they give up the short and immediate passing routes.


*The Chiefs will be successful in running tosses, counters and sweeps. And they will be able to run it well from guard to guard. But they will struggle when running directly at Mario Williams or Antonio Smith.


*The screen plays and flats passes will be the Chiefs biggest mismatch and advantage over the Texans. This is the biggest glaring weakness in our back speed against their backs.


*The Giants gave the blue print of how to beat the Texans.
  -Shut Down their Stretch Run
  -Force them into 2nd and 7 or greater
  -Pass on them
  -Once they back off then run on them

 It will be up to the passing offense to win this game. So it will be sink or swim this week.



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