It’s over! It’s finally over! I don’t have any insight to add to this one. I sauteed all of mine in that mushy pink sponge. I don’t have anymore to give to this game.
Pro Football Focus does, though. They take the the emotion out of the game and spit out cold, hard, numbers based off the subjective. Here are their grades from yesterday’s game between the Texans and Colts to give you some insight on how individual players performed.
First the offense.
—Quarterback T.J. Yates struggled to get the Houston offense going in Week 17 as he couldn't do much under pressure. Yates was good with no pressure, completing 12-of-17 passes for 121 yards and a passer rating of 90.6. However, he was awful under pressure, completing 2-of-7 passes for 16 yards with one interception, two sacks and a passer rating of 0.0. Yates finished the day with an overall grade of 55.8.
—Left tackle Julien Davenport was the highest graded Texan as he didn't allow a pressure on 29 pass blocking snaps en route to an overall grade of 81.9.
—Right tackle Breno Giacomini didn't have as good of a day as he allowed three total pressures, including two sacks, as he finished as the second-worst Texan with an overall grade of 40.1.
—Running back Alfred Blue saw a majority of the snaps in the backfield, but he was much more effective as a pass-catcher than a rusher. Blue rushed 18 times for just 39 yards, with 32 yards after contact and one touchdown. He did haul in all four targets for 36 yards with a passer rating of 104.2 when targeted and an overall grade of 47.8.
—Wide receiver Chris Thompson made the most of his opportunity as he hauled in all three targets for a team-best 54 yards with a long of 32, a passer rating of 118.8 when targeted, and an overall grade of 78.6.
Now, the defense.
—-Edge defender Jadeveon Clowney closed the season with another strong performance racking up one sack and three additional pressures on 28 pass-rushing snaps, while adding four stops on 33 run defense snaps en route to an overall grade of 77.8.
—Rookie linebacker Zach Cunningham had an up-and-down day as he allowed just 22 yards on four receptions in coverage while also adding a team-best five stops, but he did miss two tackles, posted a run defense grade of 38.5 and finished with an overall grade of 50.6.
—Cornerback Kareem Jackson had a nice day in coverage allowing just 1-of-3 passes for 8 yards with two passes defended, a quarterback hurry, a passer rating of 42.4 when targeted and an overall grade of 77.4.
—Linebacker Benardrick McKinney finished as the highest-graded Texan defender at 80.4 after allowing just 1-of-3 targets for 3 yards while adding three stops on 33 run defense snaps.
—Along with Jackson, cornerback Johnathan Joseph (72.0 coverage grade) also was a big reason why the Texans held the Colts to just 114 yards as he allowed only 2-of-5 targets for five yards.
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?