Houston Texans: Can Davis Mills have another 300-yard game in Week 6?

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When it comes to the Houston Texans one must wonder exactly how good is this team. Have the Texans played past expectations already, or have they not reached their potential after the first five games of the 2021 NFL season?

This Week 6 game against the Indianapolis Colts, at  Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, will show the Houston Texans exactly what kind of team they are. Though it isn’t a given by any means they are winning this game against their AFC South foe, what will show the Texans what they are made of is how competitive can they be against a team they haven’t had much luck against over the years.

Let’s face it for the Houston Texans to even have a slight chance to win on Sunday and stop their four-game skid it will take another great effort on the part of rookie quarterback Davis Mills. The current Texans quarterback is coming off his career-best game to date last Sunday against the New England Patriots, and to be competitive the Texans will need another “big-time” performance.

Last Sunday against the Patriots, Mills was 21-of-29 for 312 yards with three touchdown passes and no interceptions. For the season Mills has passed for nearly 700 yards (669 yards) with five touchdowns and five interceptions.

In previous games Mills had passing totals of 102 yards, 168 yards, and 87 yards against the Browns, Panthers and Bills. For the season, since coming off the bench to replace the injured Tyrod Taylor, Mills has completed 61.5 percent of his passes.

Houston Texans: Davis Mills “By the Numbers”

This weekend Mills and the Houston Texans are facing a Colts defense that is allowing 257 yards per game passing, so with the prediction being Mills has to throw for over 300 yards in two straight weeks, that isn’t going to be an easy task. It is doable, especially with Brandin Cooks as his No. 1 receiver, and rookie wide receiver Nico Collins is scheduled to return from injury.

When looking deeper at the numbers of Davis Mills, the rookie quarterback has 337 completed air yards, which is an average of 6.4 CAY per completion. Also with Mills, his pass catchers have 292 yards after completion in his tenure as the Texans quarterback in 2021.

If Mills can take advantage of the Colts defense, and if the rushing game can just be a better decoy, as they haven’t produced much all season, then Mills can pass for over 300 yards for not only the second time his career, but for the second straight week too.

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Eventually all of will see if Mills can produce against the Colts like he did last Sunday against the Patriots. All that’s needed from Mills is improvement week-to-week, and if that happens in Week 6 against the Colts, he could gain his first victory in the NFL as a starting quarterback.