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. 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’ loss to the Colts.
—The offensive line has taken some heat after allowing 13 total pressures (2 sacks, 2 hits, 9 hurries). Watson deserves his share of the blame for failing to step up in the pocket, successfully evade pressure and holding the ball at times, resulting in 7 pressures being attributed to the second-year quarterback (2 sack, 1 hit, 4 hurries). The Colts did a good job utilizing blitzes to apply pressure, converting three sacks on 12 blitz attempts.
—The Texans’ tight end group came alive against the Colts, catching all 11 of their targets and 151 yards. Tight end Jordan Thomas (77.2 receiving grade) had a solid week reeling in all four of his targets for 31 yards and two first downs. Ryan Griffin (76.9) was the most active, catching all five of his targets for 80 yards and an impressive 48 yards after the catch. Akins (74.5) only played 15 snaps, but he turned his limited action into two catches on two targets for 20 yards and two first downs.
—Zach Cunningham took a step back this week, earning a 55.5 coverage grade after allowing four catches on five targets for 36 yards and a passer rating of 96.7 on the day. It wasn’t all bad for Cunningham, though, as he earned a 79.7 run-defense grade and an 82.5 tackling grade along with seven tackles and three defensive stops.
—Justin Reid had a tough day in coverage, where he allowed all three of his targets to be completed for 83 yards and a touchdown along with a 158.3 passer rating. He was able to provide support in the run game, where he totaled six total tackles and a defensive stop to match his 88.2 tackling grade and 66.4 run-defense grade. The rookie safety has been having an excellent second half of the season and is likely to bounce back against the Jets.