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November 22, 2004

2004 Weekly local football review

Packers 16 Texans 13. On ESPN Sunday Night Football, the Pack handed the increasingly hapless Texans their third straight loss on a last second field goal despite the fact that they were down to their third string running back and could do nothing but pass. As usual, the Texans could not mount a pass rush, so Brett Favre methodically drove the Packers to 13 fourth quarter points to overcome a 10 point Texans' lead. Meanwhile, the Texans' offense continues to struggle as David Carr was only 5-for-11 for 49 yards in the second half and the Texans were so bad on offense against a mediocre Packers' defense that the capacity Reliant Stadium crowd started booing. Although the Texans' offensive line has not provided consistent protection over the past three games, Carr continues to fail to live up to his stature as the number one pick in the 2002 NFL Draft. In looking at the other 15 AFC teams, only five of them -- Baltimore, Buffalo, Miami, Cleveland, and Oakland -- would clearly trade their starting QB right now for Carr. For the first pick in the draft, Carr should be a better player than that, and his slow development is becoming a big problem for the Texans.

Baltimore 30 Dallas 10. Dallas actually led 3-0 after the first half, which was so bad that it almost placed the development of NFL offensive systems back several decades. The Cowboys next hope (maybe prayer?) at quarterback, Drew Henson, got some mop up duty in the fourth quarter, so maybe he will get the start against the Bears on Turkey Day. The Cowboys are simply a very bad football team right now, even worse than the Texans.

Louisville 63 Houston 27. The Coogs actually pulled to within eight points in this one just after the start of the fourth quarter, but then the Cardinals turned on the afterburners and left them in the dust (mud?) at Robertson Stadium. The Cougars finish 3-8 and, after two seasons of the Art Briles' era, still show no signs of developing a decent defense. Add in the need to re-develop the offensive line and the Cougars have their work cut out for them in this upcoming off-season.

The Aggies and Longhorns were idle this past weekend as they prepare for Friday's big game, and the Rice Owls were also off as they prepare for their last game of the season against Louisiana Tech that I believe is now scheduled for the Monday (?) after Thanksgiving at Reliant Stadium.

And, as usual, check out Kevin Whited's always insightful Big 12 Wrapup over at PubliusTx.net.

Posted by Tom at November 22, 2004 5:17 AM |

Comments

tom, tom, tom, first time i have been priveledged to look at your blog and you hit it on the head with david carr. even my wife has been bad mouthing him. no more excuses from him of capers. fans are spoiled and want results now and the heck with the theory of we play hard. they need to play smarter on both sides of the ball. i also think the defense plays much more as the offense continues to 3 and out. also i'm glad you messed up drew's name but it is henson. hey,5:17 in the morning; you've got to get more sleep. iowa might be the best team in the big 10. where do the illini go?

Posted by: edward shiery at November 23, 2004 11:09 AM

To make matters worse, before I changed it to "Drew Henning," I had inserted "Chad Hutchison" as the backup! ;^)

Posted by: Tom K. at November 23, 2004 11:51 AM

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