Oct 13, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub (8) hands off the ball during the first quarter against the St. Louis Rams at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Texans vs. Rams: 1st half stats and reaction

For the first half the Houston Texans have been plagued by penalties as they have committed seven penalties for 95 yards, which has been a big reason for them trailing the St. Louis Rams, 17-6 at the halftime break.

A couple bright spots has been the play of Arian Foster and Matt Schaub.

Foster had 10 carries for 98 yards, but no touchdowns as they haven’t had a TD since the loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Foster also has two receptions for 46 yards, including a 41-yard reception.

Schaub is 11-of-14 for 153 yards with no interceptions, so thus far he’s playing a nice game.

The defense has allowed only 115 yards, but two touchdowns and one field goal, along with 10 first downs.

St. Louis’ touchdown drives went for 80 yards and 65 yards, so that needs to stop for the Texans’ defense.

Rams quarterback Sam Bradford is 7-of-10 for 50 yards and two touchdowns. He has no interceptions nor do the Rams have any turnovers. The Texans lost a fumble.

The Texans MUST play play better in the second half, because the effort in the first half won’t get them anywhere but in the loss column for the fourth time.

My idea is just hand the ball to Foster and everyone else block. That seems to be working.

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