Houston Texans: Grading the team at the halfway point of the season
The passing offense has been effective, as they currently rank seventh in the league in passing yards at the half-way point. In addition, the Texans are currently the fourth most passing touchdowns in the league and have picked up the third most first downs through the air with 124. What makes this even more impressive is the fact that the Texans have had their receivers in and out of the line-up, as Will Fuller and Kenny Stills have each battled injuries of their own throughout the first half of the season.
What makes matters worse is the fact that superstar receiver DeAndre Hopkins is averaging 9.8 yards per catch, which is the lowest mark of his career. Hopkins is also on pace for just six touchdowns, which would also be his lowest since that same season in 2016.
The Texans have gotten big returns from their tight ends, as Darren Fells is currently the team leader in receiving touchdowns. To that point, Fells is on pace for ten touchdowns, which would make him the first tight end in team history to finish with double-digit touchdowns. Fells and Jordan Akins currently have a combined 44 receptions for 493 yards and seven touchdowns.
Stills has also been a big contributor for the offense, as he has a 16.7 YPC average, which is the highest on the team amongst players with three or more receptions. Fuller has also been productive during his time on the field, as he ranks second on the team in yards and receptions, despite facing injuries of his own.
Overall Grade: A