1st Quarter Texans Review

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  1. biggcoug65

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    Well, technically, we have played 5 games, but I meant to do this after the first 4...

    After 5 games, the Texans stand at 4-1 and have a 1/2 game lead over the Colts in the AFC South with a big matchup against them looming in week 6. The Texans have played an up-and-down schedule so far and 2 of their wins have come over the winless Lions and winless Jags, while their other 2 wins and only loss have come against teams above .500 in the Jets, Bills, and Vikings.

    Head Coach Dennis Allen was inherited by the new regime and the team needed to fill a lot of holes via the draft and free agency. Through the draft though, the Texans appear to have landed their QB of the future in Brett Hundley. Hundley has had a decent first quarter for the Texans, but hasn't been asked to do a whole lot, mostly manage the game and keep turnovers to a minimum. Hundley has done well in that aspect though, keeping games close for the Texans and only throwing 1 INT and fumbling once, although that fumble was recovered by the Texans. He is completing 58% of his passes and averaging 184 yards through the air per game, but his 7-1 TD to INT ratio is a positive sign that the Texans took the right guy for them at #4 overall and perhaps he can progress into a more dynamic QB in the coming seasons.

    Arian Foster hasn't had a lot of running room this year, rushing for 373 yards through 5 games with 133 of those yards coming after contact. The biggest part of that is the offensive line, they just don't seem to fit the mold that ownership is looking for moving forward, but they had to stick with them as there weren't many options out there. This offensive line has allowed 9 sacks so far which needs to improve, but overall they are playing above their talent level.

    The defense has been up and down, they can't generate a ton of pressure up front so they rely heavily on good pass coverage. The leader in the secondary is clearly Johnathon Joseph, who is in a contract year, but he is leading the NFL in INT's with 5 so far and has really saved the Texans by himself in a couple of games. The front 7 struggles to stop the run and the LB's have been below average in pass defense, which generally allows for long drives against the defense. They are playing really well in the Red Zone, however, and have held opponents mostly to FG's as they have only allowed 12 points per game through the first 5. If this unit wants to play at a higher level, they are going to need to tackle better and stop the run.

    The MVP of this team through the first 5 games has to be Joseph with his 5 INT's, but he can't do it alone, the other big names on the Texans have to step up if they want to make a legitimate push for the playoffs, like JJ Watt, Arian Foster, Miles Austin, and Brian Cushing.

    After going 4-0 in the 1st quarter of the season, the Texans lost their opening game in the 2nd quarter and are hoping to go 2-2 in the 2nd quarter to start the 2nd half of the season at 6-2 and in decent shape for a playoff spot.

    Games -
    Week 1 - Texans 16 - 13 Jets
    Week 2 - Texans 27 - 0 Lions
    Week 3 - Texans 24 - 16 Bills
    Week 4 - Texans 28 - 7 Jaguars
    Week 5 - Texans 21 - 24 Vikings

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