Houston Texans Grades following Week 1 loss to Chiefs

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Houston Texans Grades: Offensive line needs work moving forward

In an article on the fallout from the game, Pro Football Focus provided a stat which stood out about the play as an entire unit of the Houston Texans offensive line, which was Deshaun Watson was pressured 35 percent of the time on dropbacks.

In fact, PFF writer Sam Monson had this to say about the Texans’ offensive line following their performance in Week 1:

"“What’s even more concerning is that it wasn’t just because of one weak link along the line — every member of the Texans offensive line surrendered multiple pressures, and Watson didn’t help matters when things did begin to break down.”"

It is very simple for the Texans … they were rusty, the offensive line needs work, and no excuses are needed to be heard because if this franchise wants to be prepared to the best, then they need to start playing like the best. Bottom line.

Houston had all five offensive linemen returning from last season, and Tytus Howard missed half of last season after suffering an injury, so he gets a slight pass as he works himself back into playing at the NFL level in year two.

The o-line of the Texans allowed a combined 11 QB pressures, and in the PFF grades, four of the five starters graded below 55 on a scale of 100.

As a unit, though, a few more performances like the team had on Thursday night … well, times will be tough for the offense, in turn making things difficult for the defense.

Grade: D+