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Texans suffer let down, bye in jeopardy

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton celebrates a touchdown with wide receiver Brandon LaFell Reuters

The Texans have never made the playoffs before last week. They acted like it Sunday, suffering a classic letdown game loss to the Panthers 28-13.  Here’s what we learned:

1. The Texans defense can be pushed around on occasion. After cutting the score to 21-13 early in the fourth quarter, Cam Newton led the Panthers on a big boy drive.

Carolina stayed aggressive with their playcalling early in the drive and DeAngelo Williams ran one right up the gut to put the Panthers up two scores.

2. After Yates threw his second interception, the Panthers got the ball back with over seven minutes left. They proceeded to run out the clock by stuffing it down the Texans’ throats.  13 plays, 12 runs, game over.

It was very surprising to see Houston pushed around like that.

3. The Texans pulled off a nice comeback last week, but this isn’t a team built to play from behind. They can’t ask Yates to do too much. He actually made a number of nice plays Sunday, but the two interceptions were killer rookie mistakes.

4. With Andre Johnson out, the Texans just don’t have enough weapons out in the passing game. They ran well Sunday, but couldn’t control the tempo of the game. If they can’t score big on the Panthers, they aren’t going to score big with Yates at quarterback.

Houston needs their defense and running game to carry them. The defense didn’t play well Sunday.

5. Very efficient game by Cam Newton. He threw for 149 yards and two scores on only 23 attempts. He rushed for another 55 yards, including a number of first downs.

6. If you haven’t seen the Panthers’ incredible fumblerooski-type touchdown yet, here goes. Bravo.

7. The Texans now need two win the next two weeks and get some help for a playoff bye. It’s harder to see them as Super Bowl contenders if they need to win two playoff games on the road to get there.

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20 Responses to “Texans suffer let down, bye in jeopardy”
  1. vexey says: Dec 18, 2011 4:44 PM

    Cam is so much fun to watch

    Panthers coaching staff learning as well, aside from that rather dumb challenge

  2. jagerbmb says: Dec 18, 2011 4:47 PM

    “The Texans now need two win the next two weeks and get some help for a playoff bye.”

    Brilliant!

  3. xLith says: Dec 18, 2011 5:04 PM

    I had a feeling we would lose this game. I was happy for everybody celebrating last week but felt like that they would have to be brought back down to Earth after that high to focus on the task at hand.

  4. johnnyb1976 says: Dec 18, 2011 5:04 PM

    See what happens when Ed hochuli is not there to bail Yates out. Texans are one and done in the playoffs

  5. htown1035 says: Dec 18, 2011 5:14 PM

    If those are the things you learned, you didn’t learn very much. The Texans totally failed to show up in this game – naturally a letdown after winning the division so early. Offense, defense, special teams – all failed to show up. Saying things like “this defense can be pushed around” is silly.

  6. htown1035 says: Dec 18, 2011 5:16 PM

    johnnyb1976 says:
    Dec 18, 2011 5:04 PM
    See what happens when Ed hochuli is not there to bail Yates out. Texans are one and done in the playoffs

    At least we’ll be there, unlike Carolina…

  7. gonzolo4 says: Dec 18, 2011 5:32 PM

    I like Houston, but they seem to find ways to lose. I know injuries have taken their toll on this team, but they don’t put away the teams they should be able to put away. One and done playoffs, congrats texans, you get to play an extra game this year…..then go home.

  8. johnnyb1976 says: Dec 18, 2011 5:54 PM

    Htown1035

    I’m not a Carolina fan I’m just telling you to take your homer goggles off and look at the games you should have lost with Yates. ATL- at least one defensive touchdown was called back.
    CIN- Ed hochuli is making the rules up as he goes along and bailed Yates out on a phantom pass interference call on the last drive.
    Either CIN or NYJ will put the texans out of the playoffs in the first round. Count on it!!!!

  9. panther17 says: Dec 18, 2011 5:57 PM

    htown1035,

    So is this Houston’s first trip to the playoffs? Took awhile. Panthers been there a couple of times.

    We’ll be back there again soon.

  10. raqaiw says: Dec 18, 2011 6:04 PM

    I agree with all the comments on defensive penalties bailing the Texans out. I live in Houston and these yahoos are on the radio talking about Yates going into Baltimore or having Pittsburgh come down here and getting a W. Yeah right.

  11. linvillegorge says: Dec 18, 2011 6:05 PM

    Let down? Hmmm… I saw a beat down.

  12. dalucks says: Dec 18, 2011 6:16 PM

    #4 is exactly what I have been saying the last 8 weeks and it showed up today. The Texans need a vertical threat to stretch the field. They need to sign Terrell Owens to be a serious threat in the playoffs. I know Andre Johnson will be back for the playoffs but there is still a need for another playmaker in the passing game.

  13. mooremusicllc says: Dec 18, 2011 6:43 PM

    Im a Carolina fan after winning just 5 games and Houston going to the payoffs i just dont see howwe should be running our mouth…We did the same thing in 03 losing the next game.after we won the division so early.So i say Good Luck Houston i will be pulling for you

  14. adirtyplayernamedsue says: Dec 18, 2011 7:32 PM

    The panthers are a good football team. I wouldn’t call it a let down. They got outplayed.

  15. bobbyyyd says: Dec 18, 2011 7:38 PM

    The Panthers will be a contender next season.

  16. carpanthers89 says: Dec 18, 2011 8:03 PM

    as a panthers fan, man does it feel good to finally beat a team who are playoff worthy
    we needa keep learning how to keep our leads in the second half and we’re gonna be great in a couple of seasons !
    And to Houston, i wish you guys the best in the playoffs, ive been routing for you guys all season but hate to say it, without Schaub it doesnt look great for you guys to make it in the AFC with teams like pitts and balt out there.

  17. htown1035 says: Dec 18, 2011 8:42 PM

    Of course it was a letdown – the Texans totally didn’t show up in the first half. No intensity, no urgency. Not surprising a weak team like Carolina could jump to an early lead, and when the Texsns finally showed up in the second half it was too little too late. Enjoy the win Carolina.

  18. mwm367 says: Dec 18, 2011 9:09 PM

    Fantastic game Panthers! As usual, I picked us to win in our office pool. People laughed but I said hey, “I know my team and I know they will win”. Houston is only suspect and has had a cupcake schedule. Cam is the QB of the future. Good luck with that Yates guy. The same thing goes for Tebow. Cam is the future of the NFL. He’s only 22 yrs old and already in the record books. You can hate all you want but the records don’t lie. Panthers will win a superbowl with Cam, no doubt! Haters start crying.

  19. htown1035 says: Dec 18, 2011 10:00 PM

    mooremusicllc says:
    Dec 18, 2011 6:43 PM
    Im a Carolina fan after winning just 5 games and Houston going to the payoffs i just dont see howwe should be running our mouth…We did the same thing in 03 losing the next game.after we won the division so early.So i say Good Luck Houston i will be pulling for you

    ——————————————–
    Finally, a sensible fan who doesn’t suffer from myopia.

  20. avoidtheboyd says: Dec 18, 2011 11:03 PM

    I had a bad feeling about this game as well. Thought this would be the one to drop if they were going to lose one. Hopefully this is just your classic pratfall game and not an indication of what the Texans really are and will play like when it counts for more.

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