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Deshaun Watson didn't have a strong outing against Jacksonville. While he did have multiple big-time throws, he was off target with several throws and took a number of unnecessary hits from the pocket.
Houston's offensive line struggled in pass protection all game long. Rookie left guard Tytus Howard struggled in both the run game and as a pass-blocker, surrounding multiple pressures and tackles for little to no gain. Veteran defensive lineman Calais Campbell was a nightmare for the rookie Alabama State product.
No Clowney? No problem. JJ Watt and Whitney Mercilus were terrors on the edge, each notching a number of pressures on the quarterback. Mercilus' strip-sack recovered by Watt led directly to Houston's game-winning touchdown.
The Houston secondary did not have a great afternoon, as they struggled with the size and physicality of Jacksonville's outside targets. Not only did they give up a number of pass plays downfield in the fourth quarter, but they also missed a significant number of tackles in space.
As mentioned above, Howard really struggled in this one. He's still a ways away from being a capable starter in the NFL.
Jalen Ramsey performed well above expectation considering the fact that he shadowed DeAndre Hopkins in the contest. Ramsey limited Hopkins to short gains early on and really kept him quiet in the second half.
The offensive line struggled throughout the day, as they couldn't sustain blocks and took multiple holding and false start penalties. Will Richardson Jr. had a particularly rough day in his second-straight start at left tackle. He could not handle the speed of the Texans' pass-rushers off the edge.
Leonard Fournette continues to disappoint, as he was indecisive with his cuts at the line of scrimmage and was unable to break tackles unless he had a head of steam in the open field. The two-point conversion miss was particularly tough to swallow.
Minshew wasn't fantastic against Houston, but he did finish the game with multiple big-time throws and no turnover-worthy plays. He needed more help from his supporting cast to come out of this game with a win.