I don’t know about you, but I don’t have much analysis for this game. My heart is scabbed. I’m out of whack. I miss Deshaun Watson. I can’t wait for the next eight weeks of this!
Luckily, there are other people and places that also like football and analyze the games. Pro Football Focus is one of those places. Here are the grades from yesterday’s game between the Texans and Colts.
First, the offense.
—It was a rough day for Tom Savage (49.4 overall grade) who actually fared better under pressure. Savage completed 10-of-24 attempts for 83 yards when he wasn't pressured, but he was 9-of-20 for 136 yards with one touchdown and two sacks when he was pressured. Savage really struggled throwing the deep ball as he completed just 1-of-10 attempts although the one completion did go for a 34-yard touchdown.
—It was an inefficient day for DeAndre Hopkins who saw a team-high 16 targets while only hauling in six of them for 86 yards and a 34-yard touchdown to go along with one dropped pass. Hopkins did a majority of his damage against Pierre Desir hauling in 4-of-6 targets for 71 yards and the score.
—Running back Lamar Miller was one of the few bright spots for the Houston offense as he rushed 10 times for 57 yards with 20 yards after contact and one missed tackle forced to go along with hauling in all three of his targets for 34 yards with 37 yards after the catch. Miller finished as the second highest offensive graded player for Houston in this one at 78.7.
—Right guard Jeff Allen was the lone bright spot along the offensive line for Houston as he allowed just one pressure on 49 pass-blocking snaps while the run game was the most effective on the interior right runs as the Texans rushed nine times for 53 yards behind Allen. He finished as the highest graded offensive player at 86.8 overall.
—In trying to replace Duane Brown, left tackle Chris Clark (40.7 overall grade) and Julien Davenport (37.4 overall grade) couldn't get the job done. The two combined to allow two sacks and five additional pressures on 49 pass-blocking snaps between them.
Now, the defense.
—Nose tackle D.J. Reader continued his impressive play on the interior as he notched two stops on 24 run defense snaps en route to a run defense grade of 90.5. He also added two pressures on 20 pass-rushing snaps as he finished as the highest graded Texan at 87.0 in Week 9.
—Safety Eddie Pleasant (86.3 overall grade) was all over the field for Houston as he registered two sacks on eight pass-rushing snaps, three stops on four defense snaps and allowed one completion on one target for four yards on 11 coverage snaps.
—Rookie linebacker Zach Cunningham had a nice game as he registered four stops on 20 run defense snaps while adding one pressure and only allowed one reception for four yards as he finished the day with an overall grade of 80.1. It was a brutal day in coverage for cornerback Johnathan Joseph (34.8 overall grade) who allowed 3-of-4 targets for 92 yards with a 45-yard touchdown to T.Y. Hilton and a passer rating of 156.3 when targeted.
—It wasn't much better for cornerback Kareem Jackson (41.0 overall grade) who allowed 4-of-5 targets for 42 yards with 31 yards after the catch and a passer rating of 101.7 when targeted.
What do you think? What did you get out of the information provided by Pro Football Focus? Did it match what you saw on the field?