Houston Texans vs. Cardinals: Defensive Impressions
By Bob Dove
It seemed the only way the Texans defense could stop the Cardinals in the second half was to create turnovers. Turnovers are a good thing, the Texans created 5 on the night, but a few traditional stops would have been welcome.
The Cardinals are a deep team. How deep became evident as their subs took control of the second half. One exception was Texans outside linebacker Brennan Scarlett. He was the first outside linebacker sub to enter the game. He had two sacks and, except for a hands to the face penalty, played an exceptional game. Scarlett now appears to be the clear favorite to win the last outside linebacker roster spot.
Rookie Safety K. J. Dillon had his best game as a Texan. He played a physical game and led the team in tackles. He remains in the hunt for a roster spot. Charles James II was second in tackles, but his tackle count was partly due to allowing pass completions and then making the tackle.
Eric Lee had a sack when a missed assignment by the Cardinals gave him a free run at the quarterback. Corey Moore had a big hit on special teams. Terrance Mitchell looked like his feet were in cement as he allowed a touchdown pass. He later partially redeemed himself with an interception.