Raiders vs. Texans: 5 Halftime Adjustments for Houston

Evan AdrianChief Writer IIIOctober 9, 2011

HOUSTON - OCTOBER 02:  Quarterback Matt Schaub #8 of the Houston Texans calls out a play against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Reliant Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Houston, Texas. Houston won 17-10. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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After dominating the Raiders' offense the entire first half, the Texans' defense got sloppy and allowed Oakland to march 75 yards downfield in just 51 seconds.

And just like that, this game got a lot more interesting. 

What looked like a fairly comfortable eight-point lead has been cut to two. Houston can hold on to this lead, but it's not going to be easy.

Here are five things they must do in the second half. 


1. Keep up the pressure.

 With the exception of that final drive, Jason Campbell has looked off-balance all game.

Houston has done a great job up front, consistently getting past the Raiders’ offensive line and getting into the backfield. If Houston continues pressuring Campbell, they’ll see the same results in the second half.


2. Keep the tight ends involved.

 Both Owen Daniels and Joel Dreessen had solid games last week in the big win over Pittsburgh.

This week, they've been spectacular; Daniels and Dreessen have seven catches for 136 yards and a score between the two of them.

With Andre Johnson out, the tight ends will continue to play a huge part of this offense. Houston must use the pass to set up Arian Foster on the ground in the second half. 


3. Continue shutting down McFadden.

Houston has done a tremendous job of shutting down McFadden in the first half.

McFadden is Oakland’s offense, and Campbell tends to struggle when he can't get anything going. If Houston can continue to get pressure in the backfield, McFadden is going to have a hard time putting up yardage in the second half.


4. Keep feeding Foster.

Schaub was incredibly efficient through the air in the first half. Besides his interception, he’s made very few mistakes.

Foster has also been steady, busting off a couple of big runs in the first half. It;s usually only a matter of time until he breaks a big one.

Houston's going to have to lean on Foster a little more in the second half to sustain drives and burn time.


5. No more turnovers.

Houston can’t afford to give Oakland extra chances. With Janikowski’s incredible range, almost any field position is good field position for the Raiders.

Houston really has to make good decisions in the second half. That will likely mean more carries for Foster and quick throws from Schaub.