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Texans Notebook: Offense and Run Game Defense Lacking For the Houston Texans

The Houston Texans have some areas of concern that they need to correct in a hurry.

Texans offensive drives have been haunting them through three weeks of the season. The issue was evident with what the New England Patriots forced the offense to do: the Texans would only succeed with sustaining their drives. The Texans have not been a model offense of putting together offensive drives, stemming from their status of learning on the run and situational awareness by Brock Osweiler. 

Let’s look inside the numbers. 

28

offensive drives on the season

3

touchdowns scored in those drives

7

field goals made in those drives

36%

the average of  Texans drives resulting in scores

5

offensive drives over 10 plays 

4

drives of 10 plays or more resulted in points (1 touchdown, four field goals) 

8.6

plays per scoring drives

46

yards, on average, covered on scoring drives.

5.17

yards per play on scoring drives. 

16

drives of four plays or less 

9

drives the resulted in a 3-and-out

2

game-opening drives that ended in an interception. 

1

play, the shortest drive that resulted in a touchdown. 

Red Flag On the Texans Rush Defense 

The defense ranks 10th in the NFL in points given up per game (14.3) and 3rd in yards given up per game (277). What is not being told is how poorly the Texans rush defense has played this season. 

125.7

yards a game given up on the ground. 

29th

in the NFL in yards per game 

4.83

yards given up per rush 

30th 

in the NFL in average yards per rush. 

The amount of yards given up on the ground are due to a defensive line that is working with J.J. Watt still trying to get in top condition, Jadeveon Clowney learning a new position, and just the lack of overall depth at the position. Romeo Crennel bases his defense off his run unit and, to this point, it has been below average which is rare for the Texans. 

Beginning of the Week Notes

Duane Brown is expected to have a shot to return in two weeks, for the Minnesota Vikings game. (Read Here

The Texans are monitoring Lamar Miller's workload through the first three weeks of the season. (Read Here)

Bill O'Brien is not letting the New England Patriots game define the season. (Read Here)  

 


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