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Pro Football Focus Grades Texans In Win Over Jaguars

Pro Football Focus has inside information on how individual Houston players performed in the team’s win against Jacksonville.

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Pro Football Focus grades every player on every play in every game. I dig their raw number totals and have other opinions on their ability to grade individual plays like this. You may feel differently. No matter how you feel, there’s always something to learn from the work they do. This is what PFF had to say about the Texans’ win against the Jaguars.


—Deshaun Watson is still near the top week-to-week in average time to throw, and now his season average is 2.94, which ranks first among all quarterbacks with at least 10 dropbacks. There are a variety of factors that go into that number, such as how quickly wide receivers can get open, play design, Watson not trusting what he sees, or offensive line pressures forcing scrambles or adjustments. The Texans have been successful using quick-game concepts with Watson this season and could perhaps look to lean on that more when establishing offensive rhythm.

—It can get old harping on the offensive line every week, but every week the performance is hard to ignore. Though they only allowed three hits and one sack on the day but still Davenport (37.6), Kelemete (34.2) and Mancz (38.3) all had pass-blocking grades below 40 for the game. Simply put, that means even if they weren’t allowing hit or even a pressure, they were getting beat consistently and sometimes badly. Not surprising considering the talent and depth of the Jaguars’ defense but it is something to keep a close eye on.


—Whitney Mercilus and Jadeveon Clowney were quite the tandem on Sunday. The pair finished as the two highest graded edge players (92.3 and 92.1, respectively) on the week. Mercilus also earned a pass-rushing grade of 90.0, which ranked tied for second among edge players for the week. Clowney generated a run-defense grade of 91.7, which was the highest mark of any edge defender this week and the third-highest mark among all defensive players.

Johnathan Joseph continued his high-level play this week, earning an 83.0 overall grade (sixth-best at his position) an 84.1 coverage grade (7th), and a 61.8 passer rating when targeted. Fellow DB Tyrann Mathieu also shone in the contest, netting an 82.6 overall grade (5th), 81.0 coverage grade (4th), an interception and a 34.7 passer rating when targeted.