Texans vs. Ravens: Halftime Adjustments for the Texans

Joseph MerkelSenior Analyst IIIJanuary 15, 2012

HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 7: Running back Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans bows after he scores a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals during their 2012 AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Reliant Stadium on January 7, 2012 in Houston, Texas. Texas won 31 to 10. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)
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Let's go Texans fans. Houston is playing in just their second playoff game since coming into the league following a big first-round win over the Cincinnati Bengals. However they're playing a whole different beast in these Baltimore Ravens.

They haven't lost at home all season, but the Texans aim to break that mark with their second win in as many games. They're in a whole early on, but with weapons like Andre Johnson and Arian Foster, Houston isn't even close to being out of this game.

As the Texans look to chip away at the lead, let's take a look at a few adjustments Gary Kubiak and Co. can make at halftime.


Looks like Jacoby Jones may have a case of the 'yips.' They're not uncommon in sports or life. Unfortunately, you don't know when they're going to stop. After an extremely poor decision to try and pick up a bouncing punt, the Ravens were able to capitalize on the turnover with a touchdown. The following punt was also dropped by Jones though quickly recovered. The Texans may need to consider making a switch at returner. 

Red Zone Offense

T.J. Yates has made smart plays in the red zone by throwing the ball away when their was no one open. The concern however is that their was no one open. If the Texans continue to trade field goals for touchdowns, this game can get out of hand quickly. Getting creative in the red zone may not be such a bad idea because this offense doesn't appear to be fooling the Ravens. 

Turnover Battle

It's tough to win on the road. It's tough to win in the playoffs. But when you lose the turnover battle it just makes things so much more difficult. The Texans offense is running extremely well right now. But a turnover or two would be in their best interest.