Following two weeks of losses, the Houston Texans have to regroup as the New York Giants are next on the schedule as it is now time for Week 3.
The Houston Texans begin another week of preparation for the 2018 NFL season and this time it is to face another team that has seen their share of struggles too, the New York Giants. These two teams haven’t faced each other since the 2014 season where the Giants won, and in their series history the Giants have a 3-1 record.
As for this upcoming game both teams enter at 0-2 overall and both have seen their struggles with the play of their offensive line with the their respective quarterbacks Deshaun Watson of Houston and Eli Manning of New York being sacked a combined of 15 times this season, with Manning being sacked eight times and Watson seven times.
With Week 3 just a handful days away here is a look at the headlines surrounding the Texans.
• In an Associated Press article via TampaBay.com it talks about how the Texans need to clean up their mistakes they’ve shown in the first two games of the season. The article said the following about team.
"“Houston had 11 penalties for 88 yards in Sunday’s 20-17 defeat against the Titans. There were false starts, a clipping penalty and Jadeveon Clowney, who was inactive with an elbow injury, incurred one from the sideline for taunting.”"
This comes down the Texans not being disciplined enough and there really is no excuse for the Texans or any NFL team to have 11 penalties in a single game, especially one from an injured player. The coaching staff of the Texans need to fix this quickly because if they don’t it will continue to be something else the team will have to battle with during Week 3.
• Things are not good for the Texans currently and for good reason because they are 0-2 to start this season and are coming off a season where they had just four wins. Sean Pendergast of the Houston Press wrote about and listed the five worst losses since Bill O’Brien has been the head coach in Houston. One of the games was the Wild Card game of 2015 with the article stating:
"“J.J. Watt was used as a running back on a goal line play (running behind Vince Wilfork!) while nursing a groin injury that would, later that afternoon, tear completely …”"
There have been some good days for O’Brien and the Texans and there have been some bad days for the team with O’Brien as head coach too. More recently there have been more bad than good days. There are really no excuses for how the Texans played last Sunday, and a few more games like that to start the season and the hot seat might continue to get hotter for the head coach.
• In a more upbeat article about the Texans, the rushing game of Houston is improving and as Deep Sidhu of HoustonTexans.com wrote how the Texans rushing game is “gaining momentum.”
"“Through two games, Houston leads the NFL in rushing yards (315) and ranks second in yards per play (5.3).”"
This is quite a surprise for the Texans as their offensive line has seen their share of struggles with pass protection, but their run blocking seems to be doing well. Having a running back like Lamar Miller and a quarterback who can run like Watson helps matters too. If the run game of the Texans can keep going in a positive direction, that should eventually help the rest of the offense get back on track.
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This is interesting for sure, as it would be nice to see the running backs be more involved in the passing game because with Miller and even Alfred Blue they are both capable of making plays in the receiving part of the game. Maybe this week against the Giants things will be a little more spread out within the passing game if the Texans want to gain their first win of the season.