Houston Texans fans don’t need to panic early in the season
The Houston Texans dropped yet another heartbreaking loss this past Sunday against the Chicago Bears, where the defense played well causing two interceptions, but they were unable to stop the run game as they gave up over 200 yards.
One thing to note from Sunday’s loss was outstanding play of rookie safety Jalen Pitre. Sunday the rookie nabbed two interceptions, sacked Bears quarterback Justin Fields, and two pass deflections. Pitre has looked like the steal of the draft as he leads the team in interceptions, second in tackles, third in tackles for loss, and fourth in pass deflections.
Another name to keep your eye on is defensive lineman Jerry Hughes who has been giving quarterbacks nightmares as he has racked up four sacks, one pass deflection, one forced fumble, and three tackles for loss this season.
Don’t Panic Texans fans, the numbers look better than you think
Yes, the Texans are winless through three weeks, but they are doing much better than you think. Let’s look at the defense, the pass defense is one of the best in the league, according to NFL.com, the Texans rank second in opponent completion percentage, sixth in interceptions, sixth in sacks, and fifth with only two passing touchdowns allowed.
Let’s move on to the run defense it looks bad right now but other than yards the Texans are middle of the pack when keeping running backs out of the end zone. A number that really pops out is their 25.7-percent rushing first down percentage.
You might wonder why is that surprising? Well out of 109 rush attempts 25 running backs have gotten a first down.
Now let’s move on to the offensive side of the ball. Offensively we’ve seen it, they’ve been slow, but Davis Mills has had time as he only been sacked seven times which is middle of the pack.
Mills is still playing pretty well with the limited options to throw to as he has 662 yards, 10.7 yards per completion, and three passing touchdowns to two interceptions.
The run game hasn’t gone as well as everyone thought but it’s early and rookie Dameon Pierce is still adjusting to NFL defenses. So far, Pierce has 182 yards rushing and 4.0 yards per carry. He also is averaging 60 yards per game. Leading receiver Brandin Cooks has been a reliable target for Mills with 13 receptions on 29 targets and 12.2 yards per reception.
As the weeks proceed expect the team to get better and win more games with the amazing pass defense and the development of Pierce.