March 24, 2018

Digging Deep: Tennessee Edition

The Texans reached another new milestone on Sunday as they moved to 4-0 for the first time in team history. They never trailed as they defeated the Tennessee Titans 38-14 in a blowout win.


The number of defensive touchdowns the Texans scored on Sunday. Danieal Manning and Kareem Jackson both had long interception returns for touchdowns. Kareem in particular made a great play breaking on the ball on a slant route. While the offense was not spectacular, these two plays are what allowed the Texans to secure the blowout.

The number of times Matt Schaub was sacked. The offensive line didn’t have a lot of success run blocking, but they did a good job in pass protection.

The Texans’ turnover differential. They had two interceptions and forced two fumbles, recovering one of them. They also did not commit any turnovers. The Texans should not lose to a team of the Titans’ caliber if they win the turnover battle by this much.

The Texans only committed one penalty on Sunday for 3 yards. The regular refs were back and the Texans played a very disciplined game, not letting the Titans’ dirty tactics faze them.




The Texans only averaged 3.1 yards per carry on Sunday. They ran the ball 31 times, but only had 95 yards to show for it.

This lack of running success prevented the Texans from having any huge plays in the passing game. Their longest pass play was only 33 yards, and it was their only play over 30 yards.

The Texans allowed the Titans to rush for 158 yards on 5.4 yards per carry. Chris Johnson had more than THREE times as many rushing yards on Sunday against Texans as he did in his first three games of this season combined.

The Texans had trouble running the ball and stopping the run on Sunday. Luckily for them, they have superior talent to the Titans and forced 3 turnovers, 2 of them for touchdowns.


Stats from here.

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