The Houston Texans hung around against an undefeated Kansas City Chiefs team.
The Houston Texans may have lost to the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night, but there were some bright spots.
Pro Football Focus have released some of the grades from the Texans’ week five loss to the Chiefs.
Here are the Texans’ highest rated players:
DL D.J. Reader (82.0)
Texans’ defensive lineman D.J. Reader and the rest of the Texans’ front seven did a nice job of slowing down rookie sensation, running back Kareem Hunt. He did rush for over 100 yards, but it wasn’t easy.
Here’s what PFF wrote about Reader:
"D.J. Reader was able to show his value to this defense, as he was an anchor in the middle against the run but also showed some promise as a pass-rusher. He only recorded one hurry but he also knocked down the 2-point attempt by the Chiefs and was able to collapse the middle of the pocket often enough."
T Chris Clark (77.6)
Houston offensive tackle Chris Clark’s grade might be under 80, but that’s not bad after facing off against a Chiefs’ defense that recorded 11 sacks heading into week five.
Clark and the rest of the Texans’ offensive line did enough to help their passing and running game.
LB Zach Cunningham (77.3)
Texan’s rookie linebacker Zach Cunningham has been a bright spot for the Texans this season, but in week five he didn’t play as well as he did during his first few NFL games.
With linebacker Whitney Mercilus out for the season, Houston will need Cunningham to make some plays going forward.
QB Deshaun Watson (80.1)
Rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson continues to make his case to win rookie of the year in 2017. He played some great football against a very good defense this past Sunday.
Heres’s what PFF wrote about Watson:
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"Watson had a nice outing, but it wasn’t quite as impressive as the five touchdowns would suggest. He completed just six of 16 passes targeted 10-plus yards downfield. However, when he did connect with his receiver, it turned out well as those six passes went for 173 yards and 3 touchdowns. Overall though, he had an adjusted completion percentage of just 58.6 percent, third-lowest among quarterbacks through Sunday’s games."
HB Lamar Miller (75.9)
Miller looked good against the Chiefs as he averaged five yards per carry after carrying the football 15 times for 75 yards. The only thing he didn’t do was score a touchdown because Watson decided to throw for five touchdowns. Which is not a bad thing.
Here’s what PFF wrote about Miller:
"The Texans eventually had to abandon the run game due to the flow of the game, but Miller strung together some good runs, particularly in the second quarter. He forced four missed tackles on 15 runs, and 43 of his 74 rushing yards came after first contact."
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