Houston Texans: 5 Takeaways from win over Chargers

Stephen Forsha
CARSON, CA - SEPTEMBER 22: Rapper Snoop Dogg talks with outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus #59 of the Houston Texans before the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Dignity Health Sports Park on September 22, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - SEPTEMBER 22: Rapper Snoop Dogg talks with outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus #59 of the Houston Texans before the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Dignity Health Sports Park on September 22, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) /
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CARSON, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 22: Deshaun Watson #4 of the Houston Texans is hoisted up by Greg Mancz #65 after throwing for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Chargers at Dignity Health Sports Park on September 22, 2019 in Carson, California. The Texans defeated the Chargers 27-20. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
CARSON, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 22: Deshaun Watson #4 of the Houston Texans is hoisted up by Greg Mancz #65 after throwing for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Chargers at Dignity Health Sports Park on September 22, 2019 in Carson, California. The Texans defeated the Chargers 27-20. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images) /

1. The best o-line performance yet

Allowing just two sacks on Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers showed the Houston Texans offensive line was much improved, and possibly on the verge of being … a consistent unit of five. There was a new look to the o-line too with second-round pick Max Scharping playing at left guard and first-round selection Tytus Howard playing at right tackle.

There was also Laremy Tunsil at left tackle, Nick Martin at center and Zach Fulton playing right guard, and with this five playing as a unit together for the first time, the Texans might have finally found the right five to play at once. Also in the game, guard/center Greg Mancz had some action too for the Texans.

Remember, before this game the Texans o-line units allowed 10 sacks in two games, and though they weren’t responsible for all of those, the five on the offensive line never seemed to gel as a complete unit.

On Sunday, the Texans had Seantrel Henderson (tackle) and Senio Kelemete (guard) on the inactive with Henderson a healthy scratch, but Kelemete had a wrist injury that hampered him all week.

Next. Texans: Mercilus continues hot start and Watt joins in. dark

As for the starting five from Sunday, to only allow two sacks against a pass rush that has Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram on it, that is a job well done and they deserve credit this week. Now it will be exciting to see if this performance can improve even more next week against the Carolina Panthers.

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