Week 3 Grade Card: Texans play below average

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Sep 22, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Houston Texans running back Arian Foster (23) is tackled for a loss by Baltimore Ravens defensive end Marcus Spears (96) at M

Watching the replay of the Houston Texans’ loss to the Baltimore Ravens it was very easy to see why they ended up losing by the 30-9 score.

Look at the opening drive by Houston. The first play of the game went for a two-yard loss, but they managed to put together a good drive, getting to the 10-yard line of the Ravens.

Remember Matt Schaub started the drive 5-for-5, but then had three incomplete passes at critical times in the drive, two in the red zone on second-and-goal and third-and-goal, as the Texans had to eventually settled for a field goal.

Also remember one of those incomplete passes should have been intercepted by the Ravens in the end zone, but wasn’t.

I think it is safe to say that first drive, even though it didn’t end up with a touchdown was the most successful drive of the game for Houston. It did take half of the first quarter, leaving 7:06 on the clock. It was a 16 play, 69 yard drive (7:54) that resulted in three points.

Maybe Dan Dierdorf described the first drive ending in three points the best, saying it was a “bittersweet experience.”

Here are some team grades and individual grades I handed out for the game.