HOUSTON — Entering the Houston Texans’ 2020 opener, quarterback Deshaun Watson claimed facing the Kansas City Chiefs instantly gave his workforce an “opportunity” to “compete with a great staff,” a person that ended the Texans’ 2019 marketing campaign in final season’s playoffs.
Instead, for the next straight conference, the Texans ended up shown that they are not on the level of the defending Super Bowl champions, losing 34-20 to the Chiefs on Thursday evening. Up upcoming, they confront another crew with title aspirations: the Baltimore Ravens, who are coming off a 14-get year behind reigning MVP Lamar Jackson.
Houston lost by 14 details in Kansas City, but the Texans scored just a single landing by means of three quarters. Their very last two scores arrived with significantly less than eight minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, when they were already trailing 31-7.
Right after the activity, Watson, who completed the sport 20-for-32 for 253 yards with a passing landing and rushing touchdown, did not look involved about the Texans’ offensive inefficiency, which was on exhibit during a countrywide broadcast in their first sport since investing three-time All-Pro receiver DeAndre Hopkins.
“I was sharp,” Watson explained. “I took what the protection gave me. They took away a lot of deep photographs and I tried using to give my fellas some chances to make performs, and from time to time we capitalized and occasionally we didn’t and we just have to carry on to grow from there. I did what I needed to do to keep as near as probable and continue to keep this staff in arrive at to test and acquire the game.”
The Texans were being counting on their new-glance offense, which boasts speed and expertise at extensive receiver, to blend very well with the talent established of their franchise quarterback. Rather, Watson largely relied on Will Fuller, his most familiar concentrate on, who had 8 catches on 10 targets for 112 yards. New acquisitions Brandin Cooks and Randall Cobb blended for four catches on 8 targets for 52 yards. Kenny Stills didn’t catch possibly of his two targets.
In accordance to NFL Up coming Gen Stats, Watson had a 69.2% completion proportion when focusing on open receivers (at minimum three yards of separation), which is his second-least expensive completion percentage in a sport in his profession. Past time, with Hopkins, Watson experienced an 86.7% completion proportion when concentrating on open receivers.
Component of the reason for that was the Chiefs’ remarkable go hurry. Watson was pressured on 13 of his 40 dropbacks on Thursday, and done only one move with an interception and 4 sacks taken, according to exploration by ESPN Stats & Details.
The Texans posted their worst pass-block gain fee in a activity considering the fact that the start of the 2018 season, sustaining their blocks for 2.5 seconds just 38% of the time, in accordance to ESPN Stats & Facts. Each Texans offensive lineman allowed at minimum two pressures, according to Pro Soccer Concentration. 2nd-yr proper tackle Tytus Howard had a 75% go-block win fee, the second-worst mark of his young NFL job, and allowed two sacks, the 1st time in his job he has been accountable for various sacks in a recreation. Mentor Bill O’Brien mentioned the Texans experienced trouble with Chiefs defensive close Frank Clark and “some of their game titles up entrance.” Defensive tackle Chris Jones had a 21.2% go-hurry gain amount and 6 pressures.
Watson stated Houston wants to “get fellas healthful and get guys back again into that rhythm,” noting that this was the to start with dwell action he observed with some of his new offensive weapons. Cooks’ position was a activity-time conclusion due to a quad injuries and he skipped follow time more than the earlier week.
One particular shiny location for Houston was working back again David Johnson. Obtained in the Hopkins trade in March, he confirmed assure that the Texans’ backfield should be improved. Johnson finished with 77 dashing yards and a landing on 11 carries and 3 catches for 32 yards.
“There’s a ton to create on, but it is certainly not the place you want to be,” O’Brien claimed. “There’s certainly things to make on, and we gotta improve really speedily this week.”
The Texans hope they can increase on this functionality — and swiftly — before they host the Ravens crew that defeat them 41-7 in Week 11 last period.
“There’s a large amount of matters to resolve,” O’Brien stated. “It’s a person sport, and we have to increase quite speedily. But it is just just one activity. And so we have to get again listed here. … We’ve bought to get back to work quite quickly and resolve these items.”