Indy Will Present Problems for Texans

The schedule-makers weren't kind to the Houston Texans. Right after being overmatched in their opener against the Eagles, they have to hit the road and play the AFC South Champs, the Indianapolis Colts.

When the Texans scored on their opening drive against the Philadelphia Eagles, it seemed as if last year's 2-14 campaign might soon be forgotten. The end of the game brought an all too familiar result, however, as the Texans looked overmatched in a 21-10 loss.

The defense was especially porous, which wasn't what the Texans wanted to see the week before traveling to play the Indianapolis Colts. The Texans' defense accepted much of the blame for the season-opening loss, and was adamant that it was not an indication of how the entire season will go.

"If it was game 14 and we didn't have a win, then I'd say, 'OK, it's going to be like last year,'" cornerback Dunta Robinson said. "But we have a lot of football to play. We haven't practiced this hard and come out here and worked as hard as we can to lose 14 games again. It's going to be totally different. We'll get the job down."

It won't be easy, especially with the Colts waiting. With Indianapolis' formidable pass-rushers, the Texans will have to improve the pass protection on Carr, who was sacked five times in the season opener. The improvement on defense must also start with the defensive line, which struggled to put pressure on Donovan McNabb. That was just part of the reason, however, that the Eagles were able to convert eight-of-13 third downs.

"I think the biggest problem we had was just getting off the field on third down," defensive tackle Anthony Weaver said. "And that's everybody. That's getting pressure on the quarterback with us up front, the back end holding and doing their jobs. That's on all 11 of us. We have to get off the field on third downs."

The Texans are 0-and-8 against the Colts in the Texans' five-year history. The Texans realize they cannot make the same mistakes in Week 2 that they did in Week 1 if they are going to change that.

TEXANS NOTES
The Eagles racked up 441 total offensive yards -- almost 200 yards more than the Texans … While Carr put together a respectable showing by throwing for 208 yards, the offense overall struggled. The Texans were only able to muster 70-rushing yards on the ground … DE Mario Williams had a highlight-free debut. He finished with two tackles … CB Phillip Buchanon set a career-high with his opening kickoff return of 21 yards… WR Andre Johnson had 83 receiving yards in the first half, setting a personal best for a half.

MORE AFC SOUTH RIVALS NOTES
Jaguars: Coach Jack Del Rio keeps saying the Jaguars are one of the 10 to 12 teams that have a shot at a Super Bowl run this season. They can prove it in their first Monday night game since 2001 when they host the defending champion Pittsburgh Steelers.

If they can knock off the Steelers, who are 0-3 playing in the heat in Jacksonville in September, they'll be off to a 2-0 start after beating the Dallas Cowboys, 24-17, in their opener. That would send them to Indianapolis for their third game for a chance to battle for the AFC South Division lead.

The Jaguars suffered one major setback in the victory over Dallas when defensive end Reggie Hayward was lost for the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon against Dallas. Hayward signed a five-year $25 million free agent contract with the Jaguars last season and had 8.5 sacks. Since Marcus Stroud is playing hurt with a sore ankle, Hayward's injury was a big blow.

Against the Cowboys, quarterback Byron Leftwich passed for 237 yards and a touchdown and ran for one on a draw play while the three young receivers (Reggie Williams, Matt Jones and Ernest Wilford) combined for 14 catches. They showed the team could overcome the loss of Jimmy Smith.

Former Colt Mike Peterson, recovering from a Grade 2 sprained MCL, played against Dallas and had six tackles and an interception.

Titans: As Tennessee prepares for a trip to San Diego, the Titans will carry hope that they will be able to rattle rookie quarterback Philip Rivers. They had hoped, however, to do the same to Chad Pennington and allowed him to throw for 319 yards and two touchdowns.

The Titans were able to handle running backs Derrick Blaylock and Kevan Barlow, even with Robaire Smith dropping out early with a hamstring injury. LaDainian Tomlinson will be a much bigger challenge.

QB Kerry Collins had a tough Titans debut with two interceptions and two sacks in a 23-16 loss to the Jets. Receivers hurt him with several drops but he never found much of a rhythm.

QB Vince Young played one series against the Jets as a changeup to Kerry Collins. While the Titans showed some life when he was on the field, his brief stint ended with an interception by New York's Andre Dyson.

RB Chris Brown averaged 4.0 yards a carry for the Titans, but only got the ball 16 times as the team had to throw to catch up. He wasn't featured in the team's best scoring chances, which went to Travis Henry, who scored two TDs.


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