Despite a penalty that infuriated most, Clowney had a good day
Pro Football Focus: Watson, line struggle while Clowney shines
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Each week we will take a look at some of the key grades as well as some from the Texans upcoming opponent. They also do great fantasy analysis and draft coverage as well. Stats are for the previous game unless otherwise noted. You can join Pro Football Focus here.
Jadeveon Clowney - 77.6 Defense Grade
Clowney had one of his strongest graded games although the box score isn't going to be lit up by this. It was nearly a top grade in almost every category highlighted by an 87.0 run defense grade. He is absolutely a terror in slowing down rushing attacks. He had plenty of near misses that likely ended up as a positive play but could have been much more. If he hits on half those plays the Colts likely lose to the Texans.
Senio Kelemete - 60.0 Pass Blocking Grade
He allowed a sack, two hurries, and three pressures as the Colts were a terror to Deshaun Watson all day. It is the first time in a long time he dipped below average in the category. The plan and execution of the Colts definitely played a role in his dip. He has to play better as he is the entrenched starter there.
Deshaun Watson - 58.7 Offense Grade
His worst grade in a while. He was charged with creating quite a bit of the pressure on himself and PFF credited him with two of the sacks. He has to get rid of the ball faster and trust his reads. Watson, who usually has some success against blitzes, was terrible against pressure in the Colts game. He has to make a few more plays when the pressure is there and it won't go away. The Texans have an offensive line that is suddenly struggling again.
Sam Darnold 75.7 - Passing Grade
The rookie had it going in his return from injury. He wasn't asked to do a ton but played an efficient game against a nice Buffalo defense. He hit a huge portion of his yards deep down the right side showing he isn't afraid to take chances. The team kept him upright too. Darnold might have a decent game if the Texans secondary doesn't respect what he is capable of accomplishing.