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Keys to the Game: Texans @ Titans
By TitanJeff
Posted December 8th, 2005

Run the Football. Chris Brown doesn't have a 100-yard game this season but all that can change this Sunday. The Texans are by far the worst rushing defense in the league allowing 151.4 yards per game. Brown recorded 78 yards on 22 attempts in their last contest in Houston. Travis Henry was out due to his suspension the first time the two teams met but has fond memories of playing the Texans. Henry had a monster day the last time he faced them in 2002 while he was with the Bills by rushing for 149 yards including his longest run of the season of 64 yards.

Get the Carr. The Titans recorded seven sacks in their previous game against the Texans. Antwan Odom had his best game of the season rushing the passer with two sacks as did Rien Long. Since that last meeting, Carr has been on his backside another 28 times for a total of 55 sacks this season. The Titans D will focus on slowing down Texans RB Dominick Davis early on as they try to build a big lead. Once that happens, they can pin their ears back and go after Carr the rest of the afternoon. Hopefully, KVB can add to his sack total in the process.

Get the Ball into the End Zone. Tennessee was able to move the football fairly well last Sunday but only had three points to show for their effort. With Houston giving up a league-leading 17 touchdowns so far, the Titans must do a better job hitting pay dirt once in the red zone. Big plays (those that go for 20 yards or more beyond the line of scrimmage) have been rare and nothing would give the Chow offense more of a confidence boost than to produce a couple of long touchdown plays. With Erron Kinney, Roydell Williams and Brandon Jones all out, Tyrone Calico and Ben Troupe need to show some big play potential and step up big on Sunday.

Avoid Meltdowns. With the Titans the better team, the only way the Texans should win Sunday is if Tennessee implodes. Turnovers returned for a score have been killer for the Titans all season long and need to be avoided at all cost. The Texans have a potent kickoff return game and Houston will look to use it to put points on the board. The Titans must keep the penalties to a minimum and simply execute better. The Texans nearly snuck away a win at Baltimore last week and if they were to hand the Titans a loss on Sunday, it would set the franchise back significantly.





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Passing
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1 INT, LG 29,
RT 63.2
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2009
TEAM STATS
Total Offense
12th
Total: 351.4
Passing: 189.4
Rushing: 162.0
Scoring Avg.: 22.1
Total Defense 28th
Total: 365.6
Passing: 258.7
Rushing: 106.9
Scoring Avg.: 25.1

2009
STAT LEADERS
Passing
V. Young
Attempts: 259
Completions: 152
Yards: 1879
Touchdowns: 10
Interceptions: 7
Passer Rating: 82.8
Rushing
C. Johnson
Carries: 358
Yards: 2006
Average: 5.6
Touchdowns: 14
Receiving
K. Britt
Receptions: 42
Yards: 701
Average: 16.7
Touchdowns: 3

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