Offensive road woes bring Texans to rock bottom


How many quarters are we now? A perfect 10?

No, 12 is actually the number.

The Houston Texans are a struggling team no matter how you put it. They are 1-6 with no clear direction and barely manage to do enough to get by against the 2002 expansion squad roster.

At home, they can score. On the road, what happened?

The last time Houston scored a touchdown away from NRG Stadium would be the fourth quarter of Week 2 against the Cleveland Browns.

In the same period, Houston was outscored 102-8. The Bills intimidated them. The Colts crushed them and the Arizona Cardinals reduced Houston’s chances of finding an offensive production in Sunday’s 31-5 NFL Week 7 loss.

Yes, Houston’s offensive struggles have been a problem all season. Far from NRG, this is a nightmarish madhouse.

To put in perspective how inept the offense has been during Houston’s six-game losing streak, take a look at the Astros. They will take the field at Minute Maid Park against the Atlanta Braves in the World Series on Tuesday night for Game 1.

The last time Brandin Cooks scored against the Browns, Houston had two more weeks to go in the regular season. The Astros had yet to win the AL West title. Better yet, the Braves were still three games ahead of the NL East title.

Former Texan superstars JJ Watt and DeAndre Hopkins each made the most of their time against the rival. Watt didn’t record a sack, but he made sure rookie quarterback Davis Mills felt the pressure for four quarters.

Hopkins, who was traded by former head coach / general manager Bill O’Brien for a second-round pick and other plays, let Texans head coach David Culley show what was missing. The wide receiver finished with seven catches for 53 yards and one score.

One of the first MVP favorites, Kyler Murray, cushioned his stat line while keeping Arizona unbeaten for a week. The Cardinals QB finished with 262 passing yards, three touchdowns and a 121.3 rating.

And his only mistake, an interception by Texan security Lonnie Johnson? Houston gained two attacking yards before handing it over immediately.

Yeah. One of these days.

The Texans have amassed 162 attacking yards. They recorded eight first tries in total and were 2 of 13 on the third try. Mills was responsible for 123 of those yards and running back David Johnson, another name in the Hopkins trade, led the way with 25 rushing yards.

The remaining Texans? Seventeen meters in total.

The good news for Houston is that they’ll be heading home next Sunday. The bad news, the LA Rams are coming to town. After that, they hit the road to face the Miami Dolphins.

Will Deshaun Watson be the next ex-Texans they face? Based on the rumors, Miami could pull the trigger before the November 2 deadline.

The only place to go is at the top when someone has reached the bottom. Three games in a row without a touchdown?

Rock, meet bottom, Houston.


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