The Houston Texans will face the Indianapolis Colts in Week 4 action this Sunday, but for the team to play better the offensive line must do just that, play better.
Last week was one of the worst outings by the Houston Texans in quite sometime, and part of that was for the fact the offensive line just didn’t get the job done. If the Texans want to finally get their first win of the season in Week 4, the performance of the offensive line must include top-notch run blocking, and the pass blocking will have to be at the highest level to date.
It isn’t a secret that the Texans offensive line has struggled as others have said the same about the unit needing vast improvement. Deepi Sidhu of HoustonTexans.com wrote this week about how there are possible changes in store for the offensive line. Sidhu wrote:
"“With the latest injury to Senio Kelemete, Greg Mancz could start in Houston’s Week 4 matchup at Indianapolis.”"
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Kelemete is currently listed on the injury report as a limited participant in practice this week, and with the Texans possibly adding a reserve player in a lineup that has already struggled this season, that is something to keep an eye on this Sunday.
Remember, the Colts defense already has 10 sacks this season, and Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has been sacked 10 times in three weeks. That isn’t a good mixture if you are Watson.
• Looking at the Colts, Jim Ayello of IndyStar.com took a closer view of the passing game of the Colts and why Andrew Luck and the offense has settled for the short passes this season. Ayello wrote:
"“And though Reich denies this was a factor, with Luck finally healthy after years on the mend, the first-year coach wasn’t about to put him in harm’s way.”"
It is tough to blame the Colts is that is the case, because without Luck as their quarterback they have a tough chance to win any games at all. Being the Colts are 1-2 overall, they have been in games this season, and even battled the Philadelphia Eagles strong last Sunday. The Texans need to be careful in Week 4 just in case the Colts decide this is the weekend that Luck really lets go and see what the Colts offense is capable of.
• Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle took a closer look at the combo of Watson and Will Fuller and how they are forming a “potent combination.” Wilson wrote this on Thursday about the Texans duo:
"“Every time Watson and Fuller have played a game together, they’ve connected for at least one touchdown pass. Watson and Fuller have played six games together and have excellent chemistry with nine touchdown passes.”"
This is a fun duo to watch, but let’s not forget this duo doesn’t have the success they’ve had without the veteran of the offense — wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins — doing what he does each week. Hopkins is the one battling double teams and having the top coverage of the opposing team each down.
Don’t get me wrong Fuller is the real deal, but Hopkins is a big part of the Texans having success with their duo of Watson and Fuller.
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Though the results haven’t been in the final score this season, the Texans are lucky to have a quarterback with the abilities of Watson.
It will continue to take time for the second-year quarterback to get everything going, and once he gets consistent offensive line play at an acceptable level he should really start to lead this franchise to success.