The Texans struggle for cohesion on offense.
Sep 21, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) throws a pass against New York Giants defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka (94) and New York Giants outside linebacker Jacquian Williams (57) during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
We’ve had a month of Texans football under Bill O’Brien and his chosen quarterback (that was available) and we still have no idea what this very complex offense is supposed to do. The first two game were mainly proving that Arian Foster wasn’t broken, the last two games proving the offense could move the ball after they broke Foster. In the air, there is a mix bag of great passes that have caught the defense off guard. These were caught by DeAndre Hopkins. The Texans struggle for cohesion on offense.
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Unfortunately, we’ve seen nothing from the tight ends. Graham, Griffin and Fiedorowicz have been no shows in terms of offensive production. Between the three they have a whopping 101 yards on 10 catches with Fiedorowicz still without a first catch in the NFL. Of course, he’s dropped the few chances he’s had but still. For an offense that was supposed to rely on the tight ends to take advantage of mismatches we’ve seen naught of this.
The ground game started with two big games by foster and then his hamstring let go. Against the Bills the leading rusher was Ryan Fitzpatrick. With 14 yards. Yeah, that’s not a good thing. Think about this stat folks, J.J. Watt has more touchdowns then Arian Foster and Andre Johnson combined so far through 4 games. In fact Watt accounts for 25% of the Texans touchdowns so far scored.
Watt accounts for 25% of the Texans touchdowns
The Texans have faced serious defenses, and are 3-1 because of the defense and hold a one game lead over the Colts. Next week the Texans have 2 games in the space of 5 days. At Jerry World against Cowboys and then they host the Colts. These are two teams that have scored for the season so far 115 and 136 points so far. The Texans have 87 on the board. If there is a time for the Texans to mesh, to click, to hit their stride the next 10 days are it. Right now the Texans need that complex offense to be efficient and score. Because the Cowboys and Colts put up the big numbers and playing for defense breaks while letting Fitzpatrick scamper for first downs is not a recipe for success. I don’t mean to sound doom and gloom, we’ve seen some flashes of brilliance. Preparation time is over the meat of the schedule is on tap and the Texans will define their season in the upcoming stretch. After the Colts is a visit to Pittsburgh for a Monday Night match up. I believe the Texans can win all three, realistically going 2-1 is a very reasonable expectation. It’s time to step up, I for one am eager for the fun to start in Dallas Sunday!
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