Texans’ offense will improve with the return of Duane Brown

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The Houston Texans will have a better offense when left tackle Duane Brown returns to the football field.

Having starting left tackle Duane Brown back into the fold, after his lengthy holdout will improve the Houston Texans’ chances to win games going forward.

It was evident after the injuries to defensive end J.J. Watt and linebacker Whitney Mercilus, that the offense would have to step up and carry the Texans to victories.

The Texans’ offensive line has allowed 21 sacks through six games, including the 10 sacks in their season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars. They have only allowed 11 sacks since the opener.

It helps that rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson can escape whenever the pocket collapses, but the Texans’ offensive line isn’t as bad as people think it is.

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The Texans learned from their mistake of playing Kendall Lamm at left tackle back in week one.

Now Chris Clark is questionable with the calf injury that he sustained against the Cleveland Browns over a week ago.

Brown’s return couldn’t have arrived at a better time.

The offense will only improve with Brown protecting  Watson’s blind side.

The Texans already have the 10th best rushing attack in the NFL with 826 yards on the ground so far this season. They’re averaging 137.7 yards a game, which ranks them third in the NFL.

Besides having a top-10 rushing attack, The Texans are ranked 6th in total points generated on offense with 177.

If that wasn’t amazing enough, the Texans have averaged 29.5 points per game, which ranks them third in the league.

That’s impressive  if you put into perspective that Houston has played their first six games without the best player on their offensive line.

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Clark has performed as admirable as you could imagine during Brown’s holdout.

But no one is going to confuse Clark withBrown. Clark isn’t anywhere near as talented as Brown, but he can be a great swing tackle or compete with Breno Giacomini for the starting right tackle position.

There is plenty of football ahead for Brown with Texans having10 games remaining in the regular season plus any possible playoff games.

The Texans identity is slowly shifting to the offense and the return of Brown will only make one of the most prolific offenses in franchise history even better.