HOUSTON (AP) -- The Texans found a running game. Now they're
looking for a killer instinct.
Houston, led by rookie Dominack Davis' team record 129 rushing
yards, ran for a 169 yards and Stacey Mack ran for a pair of
touchdowns but the defense wilted and the offense sputtered in the
second half as the Texans fell 19-14 Sunday to the New York Jets.
Question on the Jets: Any chance this team can make another miracle playoff run?
Right now, I wouldn't bet against them. This season is very similar to last year's, when they battled through various injuries to make a playoff run. Coach Herm Edwards has this team playing very well and when Pennington returns, they may be able to take it to the next level.
Question on the Texans: What happened to their offense in the last three quarters?
The Texans did a poor job of exploiting the Jets' weak linebacking corps after the first quarter. They seemed to lose focus, which is endemic to a young team, and it cost them a win they should have had.
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The Texans had a 14-0 lead after Mack's touchdowns -- a 10-yard
run with 8:53 to go in the first quarter and a 1-yard vault into
the end zone on fourth down to open the second quarter. But the
Jets (2-4) then scored 19 unanswered points, capped by LaMont
Jordan's 8-yard touchdown run with 1:21 left in the game.
The Texans (2-4) had a chance thanks to J.J. Moses' 63-yard
return on the ensuing kickoff, then driving to the New York 9 in
the final seconds. But David Carr threw an incomplete pass on
fourth-and-4 and the Jets ran out the last 21 seconds.
"It came down to two-minute situations," Texans coach Dom
Capers said. "They made their plays... We had our opportunities.
We didn't make the play.
"The challenge for our team is now to be determined to take a
look at this and when we get a team down to put them away. We were
not able to do that. I think it's part of realizing you have to
have that killer instinct."
The Jets won their second straight after an 0-4 start and
spoiled a spectacular game by Davis, who started in place of Mack
and became the first Texan to top 100 yards rushing in a game. He
also caught nine passes for 70 more yards.
"It feels good knowing I was the first one to do it but it
would feel a lot better if we would have been able to win," Davis
said. "We could have beat them but we just have to know how to put
"The first half we came up solid. The second half they just had
a little more energy than we did. It's something we really need to
work on, just putting teams away. The second half we started
getting a few penalties. It costs when things like that happen."
Davis, who never could establish himself as the featured back in
four years at Louisiana State, set the tempo early. He accounted
for 44 yards rushing and receiving on Houston's opening drive but
was getting a breather when Mack romped through the Jets secondary
for his 10-yard TD run.
"I think we'll see him get nothing but better," Capers said of
Davis. "Today was a good start for him."
"He was always there when I needed him," said Carr, who
completed 15 of 23 passes for 170 yards. "He made some great cuts,
some great plays. When you have a back like that, you have to take
advantage of it."
In the final drive, starting at his own 14-yard line with 2:48
remaining, Testaverde hit Moss for a 25-yard gain, then scrambled
for 13 yards to near midfield before New York turned to their
tailback tandem of Jordan and veteran Curtis Martin, who had a
20-yard run. Jordan finished the drive with runs of 6 and 8 yards.
"In this league, the ball can go down the field quick in
two-minute situations," Capers said. "It was just one of those
kind of games you see in the NFL. Whoever makes the play in the
last two minutes is going to win the game."
Carr said the outcome was frustrating, as was the inability to
put up more points after the quick start.
"You go out as an offense and feel pretty good in the first
half," he said. "We moved the ball. We have our first 100-yard
running back. It was a good feeling.
"I've only been playing for a year and a couple games. You
can't let anyone hang around. They beat you. They beat us... When
you're behind and you've got to score, it's a little different when
you're protecting a lead. Maybe that was our mistake, our
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