This sentence isn't bad, but I thought I'd give you something to think about. A tighter way to say is:
They played their most complete game against Houston, in the opener, and they have turned in scattered football ever since.
In fiction, people often say that someone is a man who talks too much. Why not just say that he talks too much?
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Blog entries from The Auto Racing Journal
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Anecdotes by Tom Gillispie