Houston Texans Daily Roundup: Please fix the red zone offense
The red zone offense of the Houston Texans has been terrible this season, and it is now time to fix what ails them.
For the Houston Texans this season, their red zone offense has been terrible, ranking 31st in the league in red zone scoring percentage at 34.62 percent, according to TeamRankings.com, with only the New York Jets being worse at 30 percent.
In their past three games, the scoring percentage of the Texans in the red zone is even worse than their season total at 33.33 percent, and this past Sunday against the Buffalo Bills the Texans’ scoring in the red zone was at 25 percent.
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Texans running back Lamar Miller has 13 carries from inside the 20-yard line for 22 yards and no touchdowns. Five of those rushes have come from inside the 10-yard line for 10 yards and no touchdowns. Miller has had one carry from inside the 5-yard line for -3 yards rushing.
Quarterback Deshaun Watson has 11 rushes in the red zone from inside the 20-yard line for 57 yards and one touchdown. Of those 11 rushes, seven have come from inside the 10-yard line for 22 yards with the aforementioned touchdown.
Houston still has 10 regular-season games remaining, and with that, they are still tied for first place in the AFC South at 3-3 overall. With the Jacksonville Jaguars coming up this Sunday, first place is on the line, and a win will go far as the season continues.
Also for the Texans, here are some headlines for Wednesday:
• Samer Kalaf of Deadspin also wrote about the red zone offense of the Texans, saying it is enough to fire Texans head coach Bill O’Brien:
"“This season, the Texans have a heinous red-zone offense. Including Sunday’s game, in which they went 1-for-4.”"
As stated earlier, the Texans have played poorly in the red zone, but even with how bad they’ve been, the Texans have still reached 3-3 overall. If the red zone offense can improve, the wins will continue to come, so maybe wait a couple weeks before making a decision on O’Brien.
• Mark Lane of TexansWire.com also wrote about the red zone offense of the Texans, as Coach O’Brien talked about Watson will learn from a red zone interception:
"“But, at the end of the day, he’s a young guy who’s going to learn from those things and he’s going to be better in that situation the next time.”"
This past Sunday, Watson threw an interception in the red zone, and it could have really hurt the Texans as they did trail late in the fourth quarter. As O’Brien said, Watson is a young quarterback and will learn. We must also remember Watson has yet to play a full season in the NFL and is playing with a bad offensive line. The improvement will come, and when it does, the result will show in the standings.
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The Texans need good news like this when it comes to Watson, and the less he gets hit on Sundays, the faster he’ll continue to heal. The quicker Watson heals, the better the offense will be.