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Old 10-03-2011   #1
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Default Some thoughts on our defense so far

As of right now (before the MNF game) the Texans D is ranked
1. 10th overall in yards per game
2. 10th in pass yards per game
3. 15th in rush yards per game

Looking at more accurate metrics, we are ranked
1. 7th in QB rating against
2. 27th in rush yards per attempt
3. 4th in points per game
4. 18th in 3rd down %
5. 8th in turnover differential


What I think it means:
First of all, we have played 1 terrible team (Colts), 1 below average team (Miami), 1 above average team (Steelers), and 1 excellent team (Saints).
Our numbers should be pretty accurate/balanced from this point on because we've played a pretty balanced looking schedule.

Second, our pass defense is much improved over past seasons. The reasons in my mind are better corner and safety play, better pass rush, better use of hands. The last one is particularly important. The texans traditionally give up a very high completion percentage to opposing QBs. With hands in the air, we've given up only 55% completion, good 7th in the NFL.

Our run defense has looked pretty porous. ~5 yards per carry is pretty bad. I was pleasantly surprised to see us shut down Mendenhall, but then worried by how badly the Steeler backups gashed us.
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As of right now (before the MNF game) the Texans D is ranked
1. 10th overall in yards per game
2. 10th in pass yards per game
3. 15th in rush yards per game

Looking at more accurate metrics, we are ranked
1. 7th in QB rating against
2. 27th in rush yards per attempt
3. 4th in points per game
4. 18th in 3rd down %
5. 8th in turnover differential


What I think it means:
First of all, we have played 1 terrible team (Colts), 1 below average team (Miami), 1 above average team (Steelers), and 1 excellent team (Saints).
Our numbers should be pretty accurate/balanced from this point on because we've played a pretty balanced looking schedule.

Second, our pass defense is much improved over past seasons. The reasons in my mind are better corner and safety play, better pass rush, better use of hands. The last one is particularly important. The texans traditionally give up a very high completion percentage to opposing QBs. With hands in the air, we've given up only 55% completion, good 7th in the NFL.

Our run defense has looked pretty porous. ~5 yards per carry is pretty bad. I was pleasantly surprised to see us shut down Mendenhall, but then worried by how badly the Steeler backups gashed us.

Last year we were basically a bunch of guys running around chasing the other team as they ran, passed, crawled and spit on us on their way to the endzone. At some point in the future (after we add a little more talent in the secondary) we might be able to just blanket an offense but we are not that defense right now. What we can do is dictate how other teams try to beat us. We have elite pass rushers at 2 positions on the field now (Smith, Williams) and 3 or 4 guys who can generate pressure on any given play. I don't think it is a matter of us being soft against the run so much as it is we have been playing with the lead for most of the season. We are more apt to focus on the pass and try to stop that and have given up a few runs in the process. We have seen that early in games we have been pretty strong against the run and then once we get ahead we start going after the QB. Draws have killed us but other than a fluke or two (sproles td for example) we've really done well in my opnion.

I think our defense will be fine. Lets just pray AJ comes back healthy and everything will be alright.

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We're 8th in points scored

We're 5th in points allowed (Titans & Ravens are 1 & 2 just incase you're wondering).
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Default 1st quarter of season defensive summary

I was curious as to where our defense stacked up with the rest of the NFL in the major defensive categories and figured some of you were too. Here is a snapshot of where we stand:

4th in total points allowed
5th in sacks
10th in passes defended
10th in pass yards allowed per game
10th in total yards allowed per game
17th in rush yards allowed per game

Here are a few notables:

**Antonio Smith and Mario Williams are both tied for fourth in the league in sacks at 4 a piece

**Jonathan Joseph is tied for fourth in the league with 5 passes defended

If there a few important categories I left out, please add in as necessary.

I will say that even though we have some work to do (specifically in our rush defense), I am happy, not satisfied, with the turnaround that Wade has done for us and look forward to our next quarter.

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We're 8th in points scored

We're 5th in points allowed (Titans & Ravens are 1 & 2 just incase you're wondering).
To put that in perspective, we're scoring 26.5 points per game and giving up 17.5 points per game.

If we keep this up, we should be pretty OK.
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We're 5th in points allowed (Titans & Ravens are 1 & 2 just incase you're wondering).
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To put that in perspective, we're scoring 26.5 points per game and giving up 17.5 points per game.

If we keep this up, we should be pretty OK.
Those numbers will surely get better as we don't play the Saints again this season.
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Those numbers will surely get better as we don't play the Saints again this season.
I agree, for the most part. But..... the Ravens at times have looked Saintish & the Falcons like to think they're the Saints....

Hasselbeck..... If our defense does keep on getting better, there's no way he'll score 30 on us... but you never know.
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Great thread and I'm glad you pointed out the opponents we've faced Bad, below avg, above avg and GREAT. Looking at game 5, Oakland has scored well but they've also allowed alot of points.

Here's a couple of stats I've looked at:

1) Even though we're top 10 in yards allowed, we've had the 7th fewest players from scrimmage with 235 total. Less plays "generally" will mean less yards.

2) Time of Possession is 26:50; 3rd best in the league. Our offense is doing a good job of controlling the clock which gives our defense time to rest and come back out fresh. This also can help with point #1 above, limited time/plays for opposing offenses. Less yards, hopefully less points (so far so good).

3) We're giving up an average of 5.5 yards/play which is good for 17th in the league. Not great but that's middle of the pack and all else equal fine by me.

4) 3rd down defense is 18/46 or 39%, good for 15th in the league. Middle of the pack again. If we can improve on this it would be good. Get opposing offenses off the field. Keep that T.O.P. in our favor. Control the clock, control the game.
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How do we rank "having starter out" per game?
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As a seperate post, I thought I'd post what our opposing schedule's offenses have done in Pts/G. NOTE: For teams we've played, our score has been omitted and the avg. recalculated. Their score against us is then in parentheses for comparison. Remaining schedule's ranking is adjusted for movement:

* Texans: 26.8 ppg - 8th in NFL *

1. Colts: 19.5 ppg - 24th in NFL (7 pts against Texans)
2. Dolphins: 17.2 ppg - 26th in NFL (13 pts against Texans)
3. Saints: 29 ppg - 6th in NFL (40 pts against Texans)
4. Steelers: 18.0 ppg - 27th in NFL (10 pts against Texans)
5. Raiders: 27.8 ppg - 7th in NFL
6. Ravens: 29.8 ppg - 5th in NFL
7. Titans: 22.0 ppg - 18th in NFL
8. Jaguars: 9.8 ppg - 32nd in NFL
9. Browns: 18.5 ppg - 26th in NFL
10. Buccaneers: 20.0 ppg - 23rd in NFL
11. - Bye Week -
12. Jaguars: 9.8 ppg - 32nd in NFL
13. Falcons: 22.5 ppg - 16th in NFL
14. Bengals: 20.0 ppg - 22nd in NFL
15. Panthers: 22.2 ppg - 17th in NFL
16. Colts: 19.5 ppg - 24th in NFL (7 pts against Texans)
17. Titans: 22.0 ppg - 18th in NFL
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Who would have ever thought we would see the day where our defense gets 5 sacks during the same game an announcer proclaims we have the best offensive line in the league? We've come a long ways from some very bad Texan teams
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So,

Is our defense for real?
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Is our defense for real?
We will find out after the next two games, TBD.
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If the Front 7 can keep putting enough pressure on the QB to mask the vulnerability in the secondary, then yes.
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As a seperate post, I thought I'd post what our opposing schedule's offenses have done in Pts/G. NOTE: For teams we've played, our score has been omitted and the avg. recalculated. Their score against us is then in parentheses for comparison. Remaining schedule's ranking is adjusted for movement:

* Texans: 26.8 ppg - 8th in NFL *

1. Colts: 19.5 ppg - 24th in NFL (7 pts against Texans)
2. Dolphins: 17.2 ppg - 26th in NFL (13 pts against Texans)
3. Saints: 29 ppg - 6th in NFL (40 pts against Texans)
4. Steelers: 18.0 ppg - 27th in NFL (10 pts against Texans)
5. Raiders: 27.8 ppg - 7th in NFL
6. Ravens: 29.8 ppg - 5th in NFL
7. Titans: 22.0 ppg - 18th in NFL
8. Jaguars: 9.8 ppg - 32nd in NFL
9. Browns: 18.5 ppg - 26th in NFL
10. Buccaneers: 20.0 ppg - 23rd in NFL
11. - Bye Week -
12. Jaguars: 9.8 ppg - 32nd in NFL
13. Falcons: 22.5 ppg - 16th in NFL
14. Bengals: 20.0 ppg - 22nd in NFL
15. Panthers: 22.2 ppg - 17th in NFL
16. Colts: 19.5 ppg - 24th in NFL (7 pts against Texans)
17. Titans: 22.0 ppg - 18th in NFL
After week 7, we don't play a top 10 offense. That's very reassuring. I had no idea the Jags were that bad. Looks like the Titans and Falcons will be the only tough games down the stretch. Maybe the Panthers too, but they don't seem to have much of a run game.

Edit: 1 other thing that is important is that the Ravens defense has scored 4 TDs, which are being attributed to their PPG in those stats.
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In all seriousnessosity, Cody is a stop gap/backup guy forced into playing time. Mitchell isn't the interior pass rusher Wade made him to be either. Both are just good effort guys who try to help the other players tug on the rope. Until they get a solid (preferably big and fat) run stopper at the nose the rush average won't go down. Good news is with Ryans, Cushing, Manning and Quin playing up the middle there isn't a lot of room for would be breakout runs. So it's kind of a "as long as the pass D is good we can live with the runs" deal.
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