At the break the Texans are 5-3 and leading the AFC South. Strangely, it doesn’t feel like a successful start. Three drubbings on the road and the sputtering offense are reasons why.
In the first half the Texans played the toughest schedule of all the division leaders in terms of opponents’ won/loss record . However, the nature of the losses obscures that. The Texans got blown-out in their only road games albeit against arguably their three toughest opponents, the Patriots, Vikings, and Broncos.
Their only impressive victory is a low scoring win over the Chiefs. That was at home with J. J. Watt in the line-up. Unfortunately, Watt’s season is over and five out of the remaining eight games are on the road. What follows is an analysis of the Texans first half position group performances and what must improve.