Texans looking for offensive consistency

Texans looking for offensive consistency
September 16, 2013, 7:02 pm
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Houston Texans' Andre Johnson (80) catches a pass over Tennessee Titans' Jason McCourty, right, during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Houston. Johnson was injured on the play. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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HOUSTON (AP) Texans star receiver Andre Johnson has a concussion and the team will keep a watchful eye on him as it prepared for the defending Super Bowl champion Ravens.

Head coach Gary Kubiak confirmed Monday that Johnson suffered a concussion on a four-quarter grab that set up the tying touchdown by Arian Foster. Johnson took a hard hit from safety Bernard Pollard and left the game.

Kubiak is optimistic about Johnson's return for Baltimore.

``He's doing great today, but he is in the protocol right now,'' Kubiak said. ``It'll be an end-of-the-week decision because we have to go through the process. I think after the game, talking to him and seeing where he's at today, he's doing really well, and I'd expect the progress to go very quickly.''

For the second week in a row Houston used its comeback skills, rallying from a late eight-point deficit to beat Tennessee 30-24 in overtime. Houston's offense has plenty to worry about after a sluggish performance. It got going quickly, moving 80 yards in five plays to a 1-yard touchdown pass from Matt Schaub to tight end Garrett Graham on the opening drive.

After that, the offense bogged down. The Texans went scoreless on 11 of their next 12 drives and amassed just 163 yards. Making matters worse was second-year placekicker Randy Bullock missed two field goals.

The uneven start has Kubiak looking for consistency.

``The word for this week as we left our meeting today, the word's consistency,'' he said Monday. ``That's part of the NFL battle. We've got to get more consistent at what we're doing.''

Part of that consistency revolves around keeping the offense on the field. Kubiak pointed to several drives that stalled as the Texans failed to convert regularly on third downs. In all, the Texans were 6 for 17 on third downs.

``We just didn't make any third downs,'' Kubiak said. ``Third downs, they're the key to staying on the field and being balanced. That second and third quarter we were very poor on third downs.''

Schaub's uneven play is also a point of interest going forward.

After starting off by slicing through the San Diego defense, Schaub was up and down in Sunday's game. Schaub finished with a respectable 298 yards and three touchdowns, but threw two interceptions. The second, in the fourth quarter by Alterraun Verner, was returned for a 23-yard touchdown to give Tennessee a 24-16 lead with 4:59 to go.

``I think Matt's off to a good start. He's made a couple of poor decisions that he's made up for, that's the good thing,'' Kubiak said. ``We've got to get rid of those and he knows that.''

By the final whistle the Texans totaled 452 yards and finished with another win on the last play of the game. They continued their perfect run of scoring inside the red zone and pulled it out led by a breakout performance of 117 yards and the winning touchdown from first-round draft pick DeAndre Hopkins.

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