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Houston Texans' defense in search of consistency

Through two games, it has been a beast-or-famine season for the Texans' defense.

Mostly, the Texans have been impenetrable. The Chargers didn't make a first down on any of their final five possessions (only to go off for 539 yards against the Eagles this past Sunday). The Titans went three-and-out four consecutive times in the third quarter against the Texans, then suffered the indignity of a two-and-out to start the fourth quarter when Joe Mays dumped Chris Johnson for a safety.

But Tennessee's next series rumbled on for nine plays and essentially went end zone to end zone, covering 99 yards and ending with Jake Locker's 10-yard touchdown pass to Delanie Walker. So the Texans were again forced to come from behind - they had trailed San Diego by 21 - and they did, pulling out a tense 30-24 victory in overtime in large part because the defense forced two more three-and-outs at the end of regulation.

"I don't know if you can have more than 10 three-and-outs in a game," defensive coordinator Wade Phillips said. "Any time you have 10 drives where (the opponent doesn't) make a first down, you're playing tremendously well."

And indeed the Texans are. Except when they aren't.

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