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Why Does The Texans Defense Struggle In the Second Quarter?

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Steph Stradley, piggybacking on a comment made on the TexansTalk.com message board, tries to make sense of the Texans struggles in the second quarter:

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Step 2 I decided to break down points given up by quarter to see if a pattern emerges.
Q1: 57
Q2: 135
Q3: 54
Q4: 69

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According to Football Outsiders DVOA splits, which Stradley mentions in the piece, the Texans are 24th and 26th in first and second quarter defensive DVOA, respectively. That's actually an interesting split to me, because they are much better in the last two quarters. Could it be that Frank Bush is actually making solid halftime adjustments? Maybe he deserves a little more credit than I've thought.

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Anyway, the scope of the piece rolls on to the question of why the Texans allowed such a disproportionate amount of points in the second quarter. Yours truly has a say in it, as the Red Carpet Prevent Zone theory gets it's first taste of the Houston Chronicle site. Suffice to say, if you take out the 60 points that the Texans allowed in potential end-of-first-half situations, the points scored column for the second quarter jumps down to a much more reasonable 75, not quite so far away from the rest of the quarters totals as to be eye-catching.

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But do click over and read her theories as well, it's a well-reasoned post.

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