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When a defense that was averaging 195 yards passing per game gives up nearly double that figure, something must be wrong. When they also surrender four touchdowns in the process, their failures must have occurred on multiple levels.
In the Jaguars game, there were too many completions where the coverage was good but the defensive back did not make the stop. The touchdown to Cecil Shorts was a perfect example.
Kareem Jackson was right where he needed to be to bring down the receiver. Instead, he looked as if a sniper’s bullet had struck him in the head as he immediately fell to the ground. Jackson barely laid a finger on him.
Could it get any worse? Refer to the picture above, if you will. How is it possible that Justin Blackmon could even make the catch with two DBs right on him? Not only did he hold on to the ball, he made it all the way to the end zone for an 81-yard score.
This week, the Houston secondary faces the most physically formidable receiver in the league, Calvin Johnson. He tops the league in receiving yardage, with 1117 yards on 65 catches. They will likely do so without the services of their best cover man, Johnathan Joseph.
The short week offers them no chance to strap the pads on and polish up their technique. They will have to rely on visualization. Maybe dig deep into their memories of Pop Warner practices and college drills with position coaches.
If they cannot do a better job of wrapping up and bringing down their man, the audience could be in for another day of astronomical passing yardage.