Houston Texans: 3 Takeaways from Week 2 Preseason

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The Texans Third Down Conversion Rate Needs Improvement

In Week 1 of the preseason, the Houston Texans found themselves slightly under 50 percent, 6-14 on their third-down conversion rate. While that is not horrible, it needed improvement. This past week’s matchup against the cross-state rival Cowboys saw the Houston Texans go 0-10 in 3rd down conversions.

After the game, Head Coach David Culley was asked about the team’s lack of success on third down:

"“We need to be more consistent,” coach David Culley said. “It seemed like tonight we got a few more blitzes than we got in the first game. I think it disrupted us a little bit. We’ll get better at that.”"

If the Houston Texans want to find on-field success in the 2021-22 season, they must be more efficient on third down. The cause of this was the result of the inability of the offense to move the ball on 1st and 2nd down. If the Texans can change their third-down situations from the 3rd and 5+ to a 3rd and 3 average, they can expect a monumental jump in their 3rd down conversion rate.

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Look for the Houston Texans, David Culley, and Offensive Coordinator Tim Kelly to study and improve on how their offensive unit can convert on more 3rd down situations. With the team sitting pretty with a clean 2-0 record in the 2021 preseason, it may not be hype or hope-worthy just yet. But wins are wins, and this fanbase will take them one at a time.