March 18, 2018

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: New Orleans Edition

In this edition we look at the Good, Bad and the Ugly from the New Orleans Saints game.



The Good:

The Texans’ first team offense had success by scoring 16 points in the first half. Andre Johnson had over 130 yards in the half, showing that he is already in mid-season form. The offensive line also did a good job blocking for Ben Tate, who averaged over 6 yards a carry. Tate was running hard and looked like he could fill in if Arian Foster isn’t quite ready to start the season. Matt Schaub also executed a great two-minute drill in getting from their own 20-yard line to the Saints’ 4 yard line in about 1:10. Finally, Keshawn Martin had a spectacular punt return that unfortunately was called back for a penalty. Regardless, Martin made numerous Saints miss and showed that the Texans’ return game may have some life after all. The Texans’ kicking game was also very solid with Randy Bullock and Shane Lechler both showing strong and accurate legs.


The Bad:

The Texans’ pass defense struggled again. They made rookie fifth round pick Kenny Stills look like an all-pro as he beat Kareem Jackson deep for a long gain and then turned around Johnathan Joseph for an easy touchdown. Keshawn Martin also had a bad drop on third down that led to a punt, while Lestar Jean was non-existent in the first half. The Texans have to be looking forward to the return of DeAndre Hopkins and DeVier Posey.


The Ugly:

The Texans once again struggled to tackle. They allowed another running back to turn a short pass into a long touchdown due to poor tackling. Pierre Thomas caught a pass with Joe Mays trailing him. Mays looked like he was about to make the tackle but Thomas juked Shiloh Keo, who was coming up to make the tackle. Keo then proceeds to slip and take out Mays, leaving nobody to tackle Thomas on his 51-yard touchdown trot.

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