1:00 PM ET, September 16, 2007
Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The loud celebration inside the Houston Texans' locker room could be heard from the hallway outside. Players hollered and laughed, and then someone summarized the moment with a yell."We're a different team, baby!"Indeed.Instead of folding after falling behind by two touchdowns, the Texans rallied behind Matt Schaub's 227 yards passing and two touchdowns, an effective running game and an opportunistic defense for a 34-21 win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.The team that was 24-56 in its first five seasons improved to 2-0 for the first time in franchise history.
|Houston offensive coordinator Mike Sherman did an excellent job of mixing up his play calling and getting WR Andre Johnson involved at the right time on play-action. Johnson was split wide in single-receiver looks last week, but this week Sherman hid him on the inside with another receiver split wide and got a touchdown as a result. Johnson stutter-stepped Carolina ILB Dan Morgan on a crossing route and then accelerated past him in the middle of the field for the score. This was a perfect example of finding different looks to get the ball to your best receiver in a position to succeed.|
-- Marwan Maalouf, Scouts Inc.
• Complete Week 2 Scouts Buzz
The Texans played without DT Travis Johnson (foot). Panthers CB Dante Wesley injured his collarbone on the opening kickoff and didn't return. ... Panthers rookie WR Dwayne Jarrett was a healthy scratch for a second straight week. ... The matchup of defensive ends Julius Peppers and Mario Williams produced little. Peppers had two tackles, while Williams had one.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.4||5.7|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||06:38||Steve Smith 7 Yd Pass From Jake Delhomme (John Kasay Kick)||0||7|
|TD||05:04||Steve Smith 12 Yd Pass From Jake Delhomme (John Kasay Kick)||0||14|
|TD||03:48||Andre Johnson 31 Yd Pass From Matt Schaub (Kris Brown Kick)||7||14|
|TD||08:27||Andre Johnson 9 Yd Pass From Matt Schaub (Kris Brown Kick)||14||14|
|FG||02:17||Kris Brown 25 Yd||17||14|
|TD||11:28||Ahman Green 13 Yd Run (Kris Brown Kick)||24||14|
|TD||11:16||Kevin Walter Recovered Fumble In End Zone (Kris Brown Kick)||31||14|
|FG||09:07||Kris Brown 33 Yd||34||14|
|TD||04:26||Steve Smith 74 Yd Pass From Jake Delhomme (John Kasay Kick)||34||21|