Sep 27, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Ryan Mallett (15) throws during the first quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
2. This offense needs to figure out their first half woes. They trailed in Week 1 27-9 at the half, 10-3 in Week 2 and 9-7 in Week 3.
In Week 1 and Week 3, they held Kansas City and Tampa Bay scoreless in the second half en route to a 27-20 loss and 19-9 win respectively.
If the offense can find a way to get the ball moving better in the first 30 minutes of the games, they could put even more pressure on opponents, allowing their defense to make even bigger plays.
Too many points have been left on the board and too many turnovers have created opportunities for the opposing offenses to take an early lead.
3. Special teams needs something…special. This unit is bad. Last season receivers Keshawn Martin and Damaris Johnson looked awful as return men. Neither are with the team now and returners like Keith Mumphery have been nothing special.
I believed the team needed to try undrafted rookie Chandler Worthy in the return game and apparently the team agreed. We both may have been terribly wrong. Worthy fumbled deep in the Texans’ territory and was fortunate that teammate linebacker Whitney Mercilus recovered the ball at the five-yard line.
Maybe sticking with Mumphery would be wiser as he at least holds onto the ball, but with an offense that starts so slowly it would be helpful to have someone back there to give them a spark. I’m not sure what could be available outside the team, but it wouldn’t hurt to start looking either externally or internally for anything other than what they have.
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