March 22, 2018

Inside the Box Score: Carolina Edition

While watching the game on Saturday and reviewing the box score and play by play on, I noticed some positive and negative numbers for the Texans.



While the Texans’ longest run was only 15 yards, it was good to see them make a few big pass plays. They had 4 pass plays go for over 20 yards, and only one of these plays was made by a significant piece from the offense last year (Owen Daniels). Lestar Jean, Keshawn Martin, and Garrett Graham had the other 3 big plays. Hopefully they can keep that up in the regular season to take pressure off of the stars on the offense.

On defense, the Texans’ played well. They held Cam Newton to only 33 combined passing and rushing yards (in limited snaps of course). They got after all of the Panthers’ QBs, recording 7 sacks, led by Tim Dobbins and rookie 1st round pick Whitney Mercilus with 1.5 sacks each.

Trindon Holliday had 3 kick returns for 159 yards, a 53-yard average return. Even if you take out the 90-yard return, he still averaged 34.5 yards on his other two returns.
Last season, the Texans’ kick returning averaged 25.2 yards per return, led mostly by Danieal Manning, a starting safety. If Holliday can keep producing big returns, it allows the Texans to have increased production, while also not risking injury to an important starter on the most dangerous play in football.

It was also good to see the new kickers succeed as Randy Bullock and Shayne Graham were 4 for 4 on field goals, including a 52-yarder by Bullock.



The Texans were only 1 for 5 in scoring touchdowns in their trips to the red zone, obviously Arian Foster had only one touch and Andre Johnson didn’t play but that number still needs to improve.

Arian Foster only had 1 carry. He fumbled on that one carry. Ball security is an issue in the preseason as you should be holding onto the ball no matter who you are playing against or how much the game matters.

Finally, the Texans also committed 8 penalties for 73 yards. While I know there are replacement officials calling the game, 73 yards is still too much free yardage given up. It also was the first game in about 8 months, so it is possible that nerves could just be the issue.

Overall, the Texans played well enough to win 26-13. There are definitely things they need to work on, but there were many positives as well. I think it was a very solid start to their run to be playing football in February.

Stats From: NFL. com


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