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Old 09-27-2012   #1
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ReFo: Texans @ Broncos, Week 3
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Three Performances of Note – Houston Texans

Watt Does it Again

The year’s most dominant defensive player turned in another brilliant performance, as J.J. Watt (+5.5) once again made plays all over the field in Denver. After beating Broncos right guard Manuel Ramirez for three sacks to bring his season total to six, Watt now boasts a ridiculous +15.7 pass rush grade after three games this season. He added three more hurries, as well as excellent play against the run, notching four stops in the process. His first-step quickness was too much for Ramirez and he was able to knife into the backfield with little resistance.

The good news for Ramirez is Sunday was Watt’s worst performance of the young season. He’s the early favorite for Defensive Player of the Year honors, and you may be sick of hearing us sing his praises, but he is worth every ounce of hype thus far.

Big Play Passing Offense

The Texans are known for their running game, and they used their reputation to create big plays off play action on Sunday. The Broncos were caught out of position in the secondary throughout the first half, and Matt Schaub (+3.8) made them pay with some beautiful deep balls. It started at the 6:38 mark in the first quarter as Schaub’s play-action fake forced Denver safety Mike Adams to creep toward the line of scrimmage. With cornerback Tracy Porter expecting help to the inside, Schaub hit WR Andre Johnson in stride on the post route for a 60-yard touchdown.

Houston went back to the play action with 8:52 to go in the second, but this time it was WR Kevin Walter who was able to get inside Porter on the deep post. Schaub came out of his fake with pressure in his face, but hung in the pocket and uncorked a perfect throw for a 52-yard score.

For the day, Schaub was 6-for-10 for 221 yards on passes beyond 10 yards and the Texans big-play passing offense helped build an insurmountable first half lead.

Right Tackle Replacement

Perhaps the Texans biggest question mark coming into the season was finding a viable replacement for departed right tackle Eric Winston. Through three games, it’s been an up-and-down season for RT Derek Newton. After a difficult Week 1 showing against the Miami Dolphins, Newton bounced back strong last week against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Sunday’s was a game to forget as he struggled in all facets of the game to the tune of a -6.3 overall grade. The first quarter was particularly poor as Newton was beaten off the edge by DE Elvis Dumervil for a sack that led to a safety. He followed it up with a false start penalty on each of the next two drives. The rest of the game was not much better. Newton picked up the wrong blitzer to allow a free run at Schaub for LB Nate Irving and his holding penalty stalled the Texans’ drive at the 9:49 mark of the third quarter.

Though the Texans are off to a strong start, the right tackle position will be one to watch as Newton looks for consistency and tries to replace one of the league’s best.
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I'm not that shocked about the RT.. I believe Winston honestly would of had a similar game - Speed rushers have always dominated v our RT's
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I'm not that shocked about the RT.. I believe Winston honestly would of had a similar game - Speed rushers have always dominated v our RT's
True. I know they always took Winston's lunch money. Newton gave up a Schaub sack for a safety, two false starts and a hold. I'm not sure Winston would have fared any better there. You could almost count on 3 to 5 false starts and a hold or two last year on Winston. Heck, anytime a flag flew in the backfield way many more times than not you could count on hearing "______ on #73 ___ yard penalty, repeat ____ down".
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What's shocking, if you don't subscribe to PFF, is Watt's +15.7 pass rush grade. That's a stratospheric number in their system. Next guy down has a 63% lower grade.
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