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Problems Everywhere for the Texans

10/13/13 in NFL   |   patrickhoffman3530   |   122 respect

Oct 13, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub (8) is evaluated by medical staff after an injury during the third quarter against the St. Louis Rams at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY SportsIn what was a very winnable game against the St. Louis Rams, the Houston Texans came out and did not do much of anything right in a 38-13 loss.

With the loss, the Texans are now 2-4 and with the way they are playing, in danger of missing the postseason for the first time in three seasons. While it would be easy to pin the blame on starting quarterback Matt Schaub for the team’s problems this season, he should not shoulder all the blame.

With that said, however, it is easy to start with Schaub when it comes to looking at why the Texans are struggling this season. While he did not throw an interception in today’s game and was not terrible (15/21 for 186 yards) all bad for the Texans, he is still the quarterback that has thrown just eight touchdown passes and nine interceptions for this football team this season.

Speaking of interceptions, Texans’ back-up quarterback T.J. Yates struggled with that after replacing the injured Schaub. Yates ended up throwing two interceptions and completed 11/15 passes for 90 yards in this afternoon's loss.

The Texans’ offense in general has also been an enigma this season. When you have more offensive yards than your opponent, logic tells us that that team should win the football game.

This was not the case for the Texans this afternoon against the Rams. The Texans had 412 total yards compared to the Rams' 212 and still came out with the short end of the stick today.

The Texans got solid offensive output from the likes of running back Arian Foster and wide receiver Andre Johnson. Unfortunately, it led to just 13 points.

It should also be pointed out that since the Texans’ epic collapse against the Seattle Seahawks a few weekends ago, the team has been outscored 92-16. When playing the game right way, the Texans have a prolific offense so right now, it is clear that something is off with the team’s offense.

Speaking of being outscored, the Texans’ defense has been horrific over their last few games. In the club’s last four games, the team’s defense has given up 125 points, which certainly will not help any NFL team win a football game.

The past two seasons, the Texans’ defense was solid. In fact, in terms of points against, they were 10th in the category in 2012 and fourth in 2011.

This season has been a much different story for the Texans. In six games, the team has allowed a total of 177 points and are in the top five in that category this season.

Simply put, the Texans have been an inconsistent football club this season and unfortunately for the team and their passionate fans, it is showing up on both ends of the field in a negative manner.
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