Houston Texans: 5 Takeaways from loss vs. New Orleans Saints
3. Offense line was better, but still needs work
Allowing six sacks sounds like a terrible night for an offensive line, and it is, but to be honest, the Houston Texans’ offensive line played better than they did a year ago. Though star left tackle Laremy Tunsil was even responsible for one of the six sacks allowed, Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson survived and played a solid and exciting game.
The starting offensive line on Monday didn’t include first-round pick Tytus Howard, as he didn’t even suit up for Week 1 as he was listed on the inactive list for the game. The starters for the Texans were Tunsil (left tackle), Senio Kelemete (left guard), Nick Martin (center), Zach Fulton (right guard) and Seantrel Henderson (right tackle).
It is obvious first-rounder Howard and second-round selection Max Scharping aren’t ready to be in the starting lineup, but at least Scharping was in uniform for the team.
Again, the Texans’ offensive line allowed the high number of sacks, but Watson was pressured too much by the opposing defense, with the Saints having over 10 QB pressures against the offensive line of Houston.
There is still much work ahead for the Texans and their offensive line, and hopefully next week they will take longer than two minutes into the game to allow a sack to Watson, because that is what happened in Week 1.