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Pro Football Focus and the Texans Week 5

Jadeveon Clowney posted a big number in the run game. Zach Tarrant/Houstontexans.com

Pro Football Focus grades each individual player's performance and assigns them a grade. All 32 teams use Pro Football Focus. 

Each week we will take a look at some of the good and bad from the Texans and a look at the upcoming opponent as well. They also do great fantasy analysis and draft coverage as well. You can join Pro Football Focus here.

Jadeveon Clowney - 90.2 Run Defense Grade

He was an absolute monster along the lines of what he has become known for on this Texans defense. He scored a touchdown and the Colts rushing attack was almost non-existent. Clowney got after the quarterback but this is where he can truly show how back he is for the Texans. 

Keke Coutee - 66.0 Offensive Grade

The grade might not match the box score here, but I am positive the coach's film would confirm some of this grade. Coutee was dynamic but there are certainly rookie mistakes Coutee made. He had a drop early and Bill O'Brien mentioned Coutee will see some of his mistakes and be even better when he corrects those mistakes. 

Kendall Lamm - 69.4 Pass Block Grade

Taking over at right tackle Lamm performed well in his opportunity. This is the highest grade he's ever turned in. He played well slowing down a sneaky good Colts defense. Though his run block grade, 43.2, needs some improvement. 

Shareece Wright - 61.8 Defensive Grade

This isn't the best grade but good enough for Wright who was pressed into heavy duty for the Texans after showing up after the season started. Wright will be getting a lot of work with Aaron Colvin's injury. He graded out 10 points higher than Johnathan Joseph and 30 points higher than Colvin. 

Demarcus Lawrence - 11.4 Pass Rush Productivity

Only Khalil Mack has a better rating in this statistic. It combines sacks, hits and hurries relative to how many times they rush the passer. Lawrence is a pass rushing monster. He attacks the quarterback from the left side as good as anyone. He leads the league in sacks and could end up being one of the most terrorizing forces on the Texans schedule. 

As always, you can join Pro Football Focus here.

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RAVENS 33, TEXANS 16

5 observations from the Ravens win over the Texans

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Let's be honest; the Texans were not going to beat the Ravens. Baltimore has better players, a better quarterback and a better coaching staff. (And oh, a better kicker). All of that was on display in the Ravens' 33-16 win.

The Ravens move to 2-0, while the Texans dropped to 0-2 after facing the AFC's two best teams.

The Texans will still likely contend for a playoff spot, but nothing the last two weeks indicates they are anywhere near contending in the AFC. A look at five things from the Ravens win:

1) Oh, Brien...It did not take long for Bill O'Brien's goofy coaching to rear its ugly head. Down 3-0 at their own 34 as the first quarter was running out, O'Brien chose to go for it on fourth and one. The play was predictably blown up, the Ravens quickly scored to make it 10-0, and the Texans were instantly in a hole against a superior opponent. You can't give points away against the Ravens. They might have scored anyway with a punt, but there was no stopping them with a short field.

2) Some positives on defense. Despite the score, The Texans looked much better on that side of the ball against an explosive offense. J.J. Watt had two sacks, the team had four total, and they kept Lamar Jackson from destroying them. Seven of the points were scored by the Ravens defense, and O'Brien's gaffe led to seven more. The Ravens wore them down in the fourth quarter, but they played well enough until then to keep the team in the game had the offense been better. They did not force any turnovers, however, and that was one of the differences in the game. They were also blown off the ball on a fourth and one in the fourth quarter that led to the Ravens' 30th points and could not stop the run at all in the fourth quarter. But that's what the Ravens do with a lead, and the Texans offense gave them no breaks by being unable to stay on the field.

3) The difference between real contenders...The Ravens were just so much more skilled on both sides of the ball. Defensively, they focused on taking away the run. David Johnson averaged 3.1 yards per carry. Will Fuller had as many catches as you did. The Ravens forced two turnovers on just really good football plays. The Texans don't make plays like that. They might against lesser teams, but if your goal is to compete with the best, it's just not good enough.

4) Deshaun Watson needs to be better. His numbers looked so so on the surface (25 of 36, 275 yards, 1 TD, 1 interception). He was sacked four times and added 17 rushing yards on five carries. He did not make plays late when they needed one here or there to maybe get back in the game. With his big contract, it's time for Watson to stop being close to elite and take the next step. His interception was more of being fooled by Marcus Peters than throwing a bad ball, but the Texans were just 3 of 9 on third downs. Throw in the ill-advised fourth down play, and they were just 3 of 10 extending drives. Give the Ravens a lot of credit, but again, to compete with the best, you have to be better than that.

5) Now what? The Texans travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers, who have not been impressive in their two wins. Still, it's hard to see Houston as anything but serious underdogs. They are last in the AFC South, and have a lot of work to do. The defense showed some promise at times, but will have to continue to improve. The offense has a long way to go. They match up better with the Steelers than they do the Ravens and Chiefs, but that does not mean they can win. If you were hoping they would give you some indication they can be more than just also-rans, they failed to do that on any level against either the Chiefs or Ravens.

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