Currently, the Texans are tied for 18th in the league in scoring--a total of 140 points. Mind you, I'm sure a few teams ahead of us played 1 more game, but that ranking--insofar as it is a testament to our offense--is highly, highly deceptive. Scoring output is not just an offensive statistic. As you all know, it is much easier for an offense to put points on the board when it gets the ball on its oppenent's 30 than when it gets it on its own 30. But field position like that requires help from your defense and/or special teams. Building on that basic truth, I went back over Texan scoring drives to see which started in the opponents' end (my term for those is "assisted drives": the offense got an assist from the other units with either good field position or a return TD). A total of 16 of our 140 points came as a result of assisted drives--FGs against Pittsburgh, Tennessee and Miami plus JJ's punt return TD against the Fish. I made a post setting forth that number in another thread ("Offense ROCKS"), but I wanted to see how our 124 "unassisted" points stack up against the rest of the league. The result was such that I thought this deserved its own thread (with a suitably splashy subject line). Our 124 unassisted points are the highest in the AFC. In other words, no AFC team has scored more points than us off of drives starting on their own side of the 50. The overall points leader in the AFC, San Diego (192 points) had 72 points attributable to TD returns and/or advantageous field position. Overall, only Dallas (173), the Giants (141) and Arizona (140) have more unassisted points per game than us. Green Bay and Minnesota have each logged 125, but they've played one more game than us, so our average is higher. Thus, we are fourth in the entire NFL in generating points from non-advantageous field position. So what conclusions can we draw? 1. Our offense is getting next to no help from the defense and special teams in getting points. In my research, I looked at the scoring drives for the 22 teams that totalled more than 124 points (obviously, the other 9 could not have more "unassisted" points if they had fewer than 124 total points), and every one of those teams had at least 13 more "assisted" points than we have. Except one: Dallas also had only 16. Imagine how many more points we would have scored with an occasional turnover or long return. Ugh. 2. Still, notwithstanding the limitations of our defense and special teams, only three offenses have proven better than us at getting long scoring drives. And it's not like we're doing it with home runs: I believe our longest TD play this year is Schaub's 30 yard pass to Slaton against the Jags. As we've discussed elsewhere, we are pounding the intermediate passing zones to death, but we've still had to string a number of such completions (supplemented with a rapidly-improving running game) to get our points. What does this add up to? Our offense can really move the ball and does not need much help in putting points on the board. If you are thinking that scoring output tells the whole story of the offense, think again.