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How a simple scheme adjustment could unleash big things for the Texans offense

The Houston Texans have been known to pattern their offense after the Patriots, and this makes sense with Bill O'Brien being New England's former offensive coordinator. The Pats like to create mismatches against linebackers in coverage by throwing to their RBs out of the backfield or splitting them out wide. This is one element of the New England offense that Bill O'Brien doesn't use that often. In 2019, Texans' Duke Johnson and Carlos Hyde combined for only 54 catches, which is a very number compared to other NFL offenses. Patriots RB James White caught 72 balls last season, and caught 87 the year before for comparison.

Many Texans fans thought once the team traded for Duke Johnson, he would be used in this fashion frequently, but that hasn't been the case so far. Now that the Texans added another pass-catching RB in David Johnson, will we see the running backs get more involved in the passing game? Make sure to watch the video as we break it all down.

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Real talk. Composite image by Brandon Strange.

This week, we try to settle a debate about whether the Astros championship "window" is closing, or if the window is wide open for the Astros with plenty of young pitching, and Yordan Alvarez signed longed term.

Plus, is this the year to go all-in for a championship, considering Justin Verlander's future with the Astros is unknown?

Check out the video above as we break it all down!

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