Houston, We Have A Problem

The Houston Texans are off to a terrible start. Three weeks into this season, they find themselves 0-3, their worst start in ten years. At this point, there’s very little to no hope for a shot at the playoffs.

The Texans were hoping to be in for a great season, especially with the return of Deshaun Watson and J.J. Watt, but it’s been a disappointing start.

Offensively, Houston’s eighth in the league in total offensive yards as well as offensive yards per game. The running game is doing well as that department is averaging 125 yards per game.

Defensively, the Texans’ defense has struggled as they’ve only sacked the quarterback seven times and they’re turnover ratio is -2 as they’ve only forced three. Houston’s allowing an average of 350 total yards, putting them in the bottom half of the NFL.

The biggest problem for Houston seems to be their inability to finish. Their biggest loss this season has been by seven points. The team has fallen behind in the early, but they’d manage to come back late in the game only to come up short at the very end. A fast start would negate that.

Next, Houston’s turnover ratio (-2) is a very hard pill to swallow. Their inability to force turnovers is directly related to their chances of winning. This is something the team desperately needs to work to improve on. If the Texans can start to force turnovers, that gives offensive stars Watson and DeAndre Hopkins more opportunities to put points up.

Lastly, the Texans are not lacking in generating yards, but what good is a long drive without a touchdown to show for their efforts? They’ve only scored a total of 19 points in the first half of games so far. In this case, their inability of scoring points early is hurting them. Furthermore, by not being able to get on the board quickly and falling behind, their applying more and more pressure on themselves which has led to this bad start.

The Texans travel to Indianapolis to take on Andrew Luck and company. Although their playoff chances are awfully slim, the Texans need to put their best foot forward to earn a much-needed win. A loss would result in panic and potentially a season that comes down to tanking.

 

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