Houston Texans: Week 5 Grades vs Patriots

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Houston Texans fans need to realize that this coaching staff is a mix between experienced and newcomers. Head coach David Culley is a rookie head coach and it truly showed on Sunday. At half time, the Texans were leading and coming up on the halfway mark of the third quarter the team held a 22-9 lead. With over half the game completed, and the team having a two-possession lead, no team should give up that lead.

The punting miscue was a major turning point in the third quarter. After that mistake from Culley and his staff, the Patriots held the Texans scoreless and were able to chip away and take the lead.

Offensive coordinator Tim Kelly’s offensive game plan in the second half seemed unplanned. It seemed as if the Texans weren’t ready to be leading by that much at the half and weren’t sure as to what to do with the play calling.

Overall, this game in every facet was a tale of two halves. The Texans came out buzzing and proved when things click, they can compete and beat NFL teams. What they can’t do is get complacent and allow rookie mistakes to happen.

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If this franchise is truly aiming to be competitive and win football games this season they cannot let leads slip through their grasps late in games.