Texans' four-fold mission

Tuesday, December 16, 2003 at 1:00am

1. Drive the Carr. The Texans haven't scored a touchdown in nine quarters now, roughly the time David Carr left the lineup with a shoulder injury. Carr might be healthy enough to go against the Titans, and Houston will need him in order to have any chance at all this week.

2. Dominate with Dominick. Dominick Davis, the Texans' rookie from LSU has given Houston its first real rushing threat, as his 4.3 yards per carry suggests. Davis needs just 119 yards in the final two games to give the franchise its first 1,000-yard rusher. Anything the Texans can get from the running game will be a plus, especially with Carr coming back off injury or Dave Ragone playing in his place.

3. Get Johnson involved. Offensively, the Texans need rookie first-round pick Andre Johnson, who has struggled of late, to get back on track. Johnson has 56 catches and is the closest thing Houston has to a big-play threat offensively.

4. Get a big play early. The Texans will be decided underdogs, and a big play early on, such as a turnover or a break on special teams, could help boost their confidence as they try to spoil the Titans' run to the postseason.

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