The Texans offensive line played their worst game in a while

Offensive line among the disappointments for Texans in loss

Plenty went wrong for the Houston Texans in their blowout loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. It would be unfair to pinpoint just one thing, but the offensive line had its worst day in a long time.

Deshaun Watson was sacked five times in the first half for a loss of 36 yards including one fumble.

The turnover happened early when wideouts couldn't get open and Watson scrambled in an attempt to make something happen. Matthew Judon would get to the Texans quarterback knocking him down and the ball loose.

The third Texans drive would begin by going backwards. This time Brandon Williams got home on Watson. A roughing the passer would eliminate the lost yards on the next play but it was another pop on Watson.

After the Ravens first score the Texans couldn't manage anything thanks to back-to-back sacks. The last sack of the first half would cost the Texans their last timeout. Deshaun Watson looked to get his ankle rolled up on during this play. The drive would end in a missed field goal.

The sixth sack of the day ended the first drive of the second half for Houston as their third down play ended with another Judon sack.

The rushing attack couldn't get going either. They managed just 36 yards on the ground in the first half with only 24 yards coming from the running backs. Baltimore's defense punished the Texans rushing attack every chance and with the issues through the air it wasn't meant to be for the ground game.

This is the first time in a while the offensive line has looked bad in all facets. The Ravens have a solid defense but to have these mistakes pop up when the game was still close is annoying. There should be some bounce back but no easy task with just a few days to recover ahead of Thursday night hosting the Colts.

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Houston gets the lopsided win

Valdez, Astros dominate the Angels in 10-0 rout in Anaheim

Framber Valdez was dominant against the Angels on Monday night. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

With a series win at home over the weekend, the Astros started their final regular-season road trip on Monday, squaring off against the Angels in Anaheim. They held the momentum firmly in their favor all night, dominating both sides of the game to start the series with a victory.

Final Score: Astros 10, Angels 0

Astros' Record: 89-61, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Framber Valdez (11-5)

Losing Pitcher: Jaime Barria (2-4)

Siri leads off with a bang

With Jose Altuve being given the night off, Houston gave Jose Siri a shot at the leadoff spot, and he delivered to start the opener in Anaheim. He launched a missile to left field, 426 feet, to put the Astros in front 1-0 before the Angels could record an out. Later that same inning, they strung together three singles, the third being an RBI by Carlos Correa to double the lead.

Valdez goes seven shutout innings

That gave Framber Valdez a lead to work with as he stepped on the rubber in the bottom of the inning, and he didn't give it up as he would post a dominant start. He started with a 1-2-3 first, worked around a couple of singles in the second, then used a double play to face the minimum in the third.

He retired Los Angeles in order again in the fourth, stranded a two-out single in the fifth and a single and a walk in the sixth. He had his worst inning of the night in the seventh, giving up a leadoff single then loading the bases on back-to-back two-out walks. He'd escape the jam, though, keeping the shutout alive and finalizing his impressive line: 7.0 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 98 P.

Astros take the opener in lopsided fashion

Houston tacked on an insurance run in the top of the eighth, getting a one-out double by Correa to set up an RBI single by Marwin Gonzalez, pushing the lead to 3-0. Things escalated from there, as another single put two on base for Martin Maldonado, who blew the game open with a three-run homer to make it a six-run lead.

Brooks Raley took over for Valdez in the bottom of the inning, and with a 1-2-3 inning, made it his eighth appearance in a row without allowing a run. The Astros didn't let up in the top of the ninth, getting two hits and a walk to load the bases before a grand slam by Gonzalez made it 10-0 and gave him 5 RBI in a two-inning span. Seth Martinez, called up by the Astros earlier in the day, made his big-league debut in the bottom of the ninth and closed out the lopsided win to put Houston's magic number at 6.

Up Next: The second of this four-game set will be another 8:38 PM Central start on Tuesday. Jose Urquidy (7-3, 3.38 ERA) will take the mound for the Astros, going opposite Packy Naughton (0-2, 4.32 ERA) for the Angels.

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