Week 3 Grade Card: Texans play below average

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Sep 22, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub (8) throws a pass under pressure from the Baltimore Ravens at M

OFFENSE
TEAM: D-
I didn’t fail them because of the aforementioned first drive of the game, but to play as inconsistent as they did for the remainder, especially the effort on the second drive where they got to a third-and-17, seeing Schaub getting sacked and an overall lack of effort on that drive was disappointing. Plus on the third-and-17 the Texans ran the ball.

I know field position has a lot to do with it, but I’m not a fan of running the ball on third down when the yardage is over five yards, but I’m not the one calling the plays either.

Then the remainder of the game the Texans had to settle for field goals and never really threatened the Ravens’ defense. Their own miscues, including an interception by Matt Schaub for a touchdown, well from there everything went downhill.

It was just a day to forget.

Quarterback
Matt Schaub
Grade: D

Matt Schaub just didn’t play a smart football game yesterday. He’s a better quarterback than what he showed. He must have not seen the underneath coverage by Daryl Smith on the interception, because we know the result of that one. Mistakes happen, I get it, but I just see no urgency with the Texans’ offense after three weeks or any with their quarterback.

Schaub’s final numbers were: 194 yards (25-of-35) and one interception. The only reason the grade wasn’t worse was because he did have a pretty good first drive, and didn’t have the greatest of protection from the offensive line.

Running Backs
Arian Foster
Grade: C+

Sep 22, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Houston Texans running back Arian Foster (23) runs with the ball in the first quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at M

It is tough to give Foster a higher grade than that because he only finished with 54 yards on 12 carries. His longest carry was 10 yards, but in his defense, some plays he was getting hit as soon as he started runningwith the passing game the way it was it was basically impossible for the Texans to get any type of running game that could be described as a game changer.

Ben Tate

Grade: C

The same can be said for Tate. The Texans just couldn’t get anything going on the offensive side with their running game. Tate finished with nine carries for 36 yards, and he had three receptions for seven yards.

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