ANALYSIS Houston Sports

Texans Fight off Bills

The Texans must have been living right in a past life!

After a 0-3 start and looking completely hopeless, the Texans have scratched, clawed, and completely lucked their way back into a 3-3 record and 3-way tie into first place. Even during the 3 game winning streak, there were times during the win streak where I doubted that the Texans were going to lose. Even during Sunday’s win against the Bills, I was about 98% certain that the Texans were about to blow away a 10-0 lead.

After failing to score a TD once again from their one-yard line, I just knew the Bills were going to drive down the field to score a game-winning field goal to win the game. However, the defense saved the day, scoring a game-winning pick 6 to win the game.

The Texans go to Jacksonville next week with an opportunity to secure first place in the division after being dead last just 3 weeks ago. Here are the heroes for week 6:

Johnathan Joseph

Houston Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph (24) returns an interception for the winning touchdown during the fourth quarter of an NFL game against the Buffalo Bills at NRG Stadium Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, in Houston. The Texans won 20-13. Photo: Godofredo A. Vasquez/Staff Photographer

(Oct. 14, 2018 – Source: Godofredo A. Vasquez/Staff Photographer retrieved from chron.com)

There isn’t any other way I can start this article than by crediting the man who won us the game last Sunday.

I must admit, Johnathan Joseph is not only making me eat my words from my week 4 article, but he is also stuffing them words down my throat. I am literally choking on my words at this point. Ever since the Colts played duck, duck, goose on him nearly every play, Joseph has had an outstanding past two games.

I am not sure about the stats, but I don’t think Joseph has allowed over 3 receptions the past two weeks. Father time is still undefeated, but for another week, Joseph has reversed father time and returned to the once shutdown corner the Texans once knew. Joseph called game last Sunday, adding on to the Texans 3 game win streak.

Kareem Jackson

Houston Texans strong safety Kareem Jackson (25) celebrates his interception during the fourth quarter of an NFL game against the Buffalo Bills at NRG Stadium Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, in Houston. The Texans won 20-13. Photo: Godofredo A. Vasquez/Staff Photographer

(Oct. 14, 2018 – Source: Godofredo A. Vasquez/Staff Photographer retrieved from chron.com)

It’s funny how life goes around in full circle

Kareem Jackson was considered by many, the worst corners on the team. I remember him being the whipping boy of the secondary, (just think of Johnathan Joseph against the Colts week 4), to arguably being the best player of the secondary. Ever since his move from

cornerback to safety, Jackson’s career has taken a complete 360. He has been everywhere this season, whether it’s run defense, pass coverage, and even blitzing. He secured an interception last Sunday, securing the win and the 3 game winning streak. I know it’s still the first half of the NFL season, but I believe that Jackson has been one of the NFL best safeties as well as one of the best defenders this season.

Special TeamsHouston Texans linebacker Brennan Scarlett (57) receivers a fumble during the second quarter of the game against the Buffalo Bills at NRG Stadium Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, in Houston. Photo: Godofredo A. Vasquez/Staff Photographer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Oct. 14, 2018 – Source: Godofredo A. Vasquez/Staff Photographer retrieved from chron.com)

I don’t get to say this often about this group, but the Texans special teams were nothing but special against the Bills last Sunday. The group caused two turnovers in Bills territory, resulting in 10 of our points during the game. The blocked punt was a big momentum swing during the game, giving us a later 10-0 lead in the game. Other than Johnathan Joseph, the special teams were the biggest heroes of week 6. I’m not sure if we win without those two turnovers from this group.

Now that we got the heroes out of the way, it is that time to discuss the zeroes of week 6.

Deshaun WatsonHouston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) holds his right arm after being tackled during the fourth quarter of an NFL game against the Buffalo Bills at NRG Stadium Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, in Houston. The Texans won 20-13. Photo: Godofredo A. Vasquez/Staff Photographer

(Oct. 14, 2018 – Source: Godofredo A. Vasquez/Staff Photographer retrieved from chron.com)

Now before I say what I am about to say. I am aware that Watson’s performance on Sunday wasn’t completely his fault. Not that many QB’s can succeed with having a disaster of an offensive line. It seemed like every time Watson dropped back to pass he was either being pressured, hit, or both. He spent most of Sunday’s game running for his life.

However, Sunday was by far Watson’s worst game as a Texan. He appeared slow and hesitant, two things that nobody would consider part of Watson’s game. Watson was responsible for 3 turnovers on Sunday with two interceptions and one lost fumble out of 3 fumbles in total.

His decision making was horrible as well, throwing an interception in the red zone that cost the Texans a potential 13-0 halftime lead instead of the 10-0 lead we had. Although the offensive line may secretly have a personal vendetta on him with the way they have protected him last Sunday, some of the hits and sacks that Watson has taken were completely on him. He must do a better job with his pre-snap reads and making quicker decisions to help protect himself.

Julien DavenportHouston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) is pursued by Buffalo Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes (55) during the third quarter as the Houston Texans take on the Buffalo Bills at NRG Stadium Sunday Oct. 14, 2018 in Houston. Photo: Michael Ciaglo/Staff Photographer

(Oct. 14, 2018 – Source: Godofredo A. Vasquez/Staff Photographer retrieved from chron.com)

I know this isn’t a picture of him, but I believe that this picture is perfect in describing Julie’n Davenport’s Sunday performance.

I found myself asking last Sunday, “Does the Texans Left Tackle hate Deshaun Watson?”

Because I find it hard to believe that a professional NFL player can be that horrible at their job. Davenport was recorded to have given up 3 sacks, 3 QB hits, and 9 QB pressures last Sunday.

The scariest part about it is that the stats could’ve been worse had Watson not been able to break out of some sacks and escape the pocket. I still believe that Davenport can be a good Left Tackle, but I don’t think he has any confidence in his abilities at the moment. I hope he can find his way soon, but if not, he must see the bench in the near future.

Red Zone Offense

It’s becoming a broken record at this point.

The Texans just cannot finish in the red zone. Once again, the Texans have no problem getting to the red zone, they just have a phobia of actually scoring TD’s. (I wonder if there’s an actual term for that.)

In 5 red zone trips, the Texans have had one TD, two field goals, and two turnovers. The turnovers are unacceptable. Although TD’s are nice, to not come up with points in the red zone at all can cost you games in the future.

I can debate that if the Texans were at best average in the red zone, they would be 6-0 right now. That’s how good the offense has been. However, the Texans struggle in the red zone may be their downfall down the line in the 2018-2019 season.

Well, that’s all I have for this week’s segment.

There’s a big clash happening for first place this Sunday against the Jaguars. Because of this, you’ll be hearing from me later this week for predictions this Sunday. Stay tuned for that.

Also, don’t forget to argue or agree with me in the comments section!

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