Behind Enemy Lines: Houston Texans

This week, State of the Texans editor Patrick D. Starr joins me to give us an inside look at the Colts upcoming opponent. You can find my answers to his questions here

What exactly has happened in Houston? Some of us expected the Texans to take a step back this year, but this far?

If you find out for me let me know. Everything you can imagine that has gone wrong has happen. Between innconsistent offensive line play, poor running defense and now poor quarterback play, the Texans have done nothing right this season.

Also throw in some questionable play calling from Head Coach Gary Kubiak and defensive coordinator Wade Phillips; things could not be going worse in Houston. To be honest the play of Matt Schaub has really put the Texans behind the eight ball this season. 

J.J. Watt is still dominant, even if the stats aren't quite the same this season. What exactly does he do every week that makes him so special?

The disruption he causes from play to play is something special. His sacks last season were on another level but what he can do in one on one situations is what people want to watch. His ability to diagnose plays from the defensive line position and understand what the situations are on the field.

He makes offensive game plans adjust to him and now it is up to him to take over the leadership role for a struggling defense.

Alright, you knew this question was coming. What in the name of Jamarcus Russell happened to Matt Schaub, and why does Case Keenum give Houston a better option?

Schaub has been on a steady decline since last season and it has all come to a melting point for the Texans. The NFL game has caught up to Matt Schaub and his limitations as a player have stunted the growth of the Texans team. Kubiak was waiting for Schaub to come out of his "funk" but unfortunate interceptions and struggling to make confident decisions have put Schaub on the bench.

Keenum at least gives the Texans a chance to run the offense the way it was designed with playactions and bootlegs. The weapons are there for the offense and getting Keenum to get the ball to them are what is important. He has shown that he can run the offense out of the pistol which gives the Texans some "new looks" offensively. The offense looks faster and the pace with Keenum at the controls which is a good look for the team.

How has DeAndre Hopkins looked? He was a favorite of mine pre-draft, and I'm still a little (ok, a lot) jealous when I think of Bjoern Werner being injured and stuff.

Hopkins is what Texans fans have been looking for over the years. Seeing him since OTAs to now Hopkins is special and you can see what he could be. He has adjusted well to the NFL game and his catch radius is large. Hopkins finally showed he can go vertical and do things underneath with ease. He is a great compliment to Andre Johnson and getting the ball in Hopkins hands really opens up this offense.

It seems like Houston's defense hasn't been playing poorly, but opposing teams have scored over 28 points per game over the last five games. Where's the disconnect here?

The redzone and causing turnovers has been the biggest issue for the defense. They have looked great in spots and it shows in those pretty statistical categories but they have been really disappointing. Pass rush has been bad and run defense has been bad too. To be honest the more we talk about this the defense has been inconstent, and now without Brian Cushing things could get even worse.

Is this the year that finally gets Gary Kubiak fired?

I think they will let him ride out the last season if his contract and give him a chance with a different quarterback. Still don't think that this is the year for the end of the Kubiak this year.

This particular game is an intriguing matchup. It's a home game for the Texans, the Colts just lost Reggie Wayne, etc. Does Houston break its five-game losing streak Sunday night?

Right now I really don't feel the Texans breaking though this week. The city of Houston is in buzz mode with their own Houston product in Case Keenum. Andre Luck gives the Texans nightmares and for good reason, and the Colts are a good team. Running the ball and some solid play from the defense only makes the game tougher for this struggling Texans team.

Big thanks to Patrick, don't forget to follow him on Twitter.

Kyle J. Rodriguez

About Kyle J. Rodriguez

A film and numbers guru, Kyle writes about the NFL and the Indianapolis Colts for Bleacher Report, Draft Mecca and The Football Educator, and is a co-founder and associate editor of Colts Authority. Kyle also is a high school sports reporter for the MLive Media Group in Michigan, covering high school sports across the state.

Behind Enemy Lines: Houston Texans

“Keep your friends close and your enemies closer”. This phrase was coined by a famous Chinese military strategist and philosopher named Sun-Tzu. Essentially, what Sun-Tzu was trying to say is to always keep tabs on your enemy so you will be prepared to face whatever they will throw at you.

In the NFL teams are always changing, for better or worse. One season, a team could be 12-4, the next, they have a top ten selection in the NFL draft. However, you would rather be safe than sorry in this league. Underestimating a team based on previous performance is a risky proposition. Last year, the Pittsburgh Steelers were stunned as they lost to the then lowly 4-8 Oakland Raiders. To ensure this does not happen to the Colts, we will examine each opponent week by week. We’ll start with the Texans.

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