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Houston Texans: The ultimate game plan to beating the Indy Colts

Brandon Gimpel

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The Houston Texans need focus on righting the ship that is tracking toward sinking. Here’s the ultimate game plan to beat the Indianapolis Colts, their Week 4 opponent. Take a look to find out more.

The Houston Texans need a win this week to put an end to this losing streak after suffering losses to the New England Patriots, Tennessee Titans and New York Giants. I believe that this weekend’s match up against the division rival Indianapolis Colts will be the Houston Texans’ first win of the season. I think that Deshaun Watson will start to resemble to quarterback we saw in him last season. After watching the Colts play the Eagles last weekend, I pointed out the things that I saw the Houston Texans can do to ensure a win this week.

Offense:

1.) Most importantly, Deshaun Watson needs to get his confidence back. He has not played bad this season but he does look timid and a bit lost at times. If anybody on the field is going to turn this season around, it has to start with the quarterback.

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Sep 16, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien talks with Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) during the second half against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium. Tennessee won 20-17. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

2.) The offense needs to stay on the field and win the time of possession battle. Last weekend, the eagles moved the ball very methodically and did not get out of their gameplay just because the Colts were in the lead for the majority of the game. The Eagles’ offense eventually took the lead late in the fourth quarter after a long, 11-minute drive. It is no coincidence that Philly was able to take control of the game in the second half, they wore the Colts’ defense out.

3.) The offense needs to stick to short-to-intermediate route concepts. The Colts’ defensive backs generally play five yards off the ball, regardless of the coverage they are in so Watson needs to force them to press the receivers by throwing quick slants and hooks.

4.) Take advantage of the weak edge rush. The Colts do not get a lot of push off the edge and teams have been able to target this in the run game. Lamar Miller hits the hole very quickly when he has the ball and can beat these defenders to the edge and get to the second level defenders before they have a chance to react.

5.) Attack the seams in the passing game. The Colts’ play man coverage with two safeties deep which allows for slot receivers and tight ends to get open in the seams right behind the outside linebackers. The Eagles were very successful with this route last week and Houston has the weapons to do much of the same.

Defense

1.) Linebackers need to blitz early and often. Indianapolis’ running backs are not very good pass blockers so Andrew Luck will be under pressure if you send extra rushers after him.

2.) The defensive backs need to key on T.Y. Hilton. Hilton is a very talented receiver who runs very good routes and is Andrew Luck’s favorite target. If T.Y. Hilton is contained, the Colts’ offense has a tendency to sputter. They do not have any other lethal threats on their offense and Andrew Luck’s arm is still not at 100 percent.

3.) The defense needs to get stops on 3rd down. They can not net the Colts’ offense pick up momentum by picking up big third down conversions. If Andrew Luck gets into a groove, he is one of the best quarterbacks in the league so it is important to get him off the field when they get the chance.

I do expect the Houston Texans to get their first win this week. I believe they know how important it is to avoid going 0-4 to start the season. The record does not tell the whole story with how the season has gone but I do believe it can have a negative effect on the mentality of the team. Every game this season has been decided by seven or less points. The Houston Texans do not just roll over for teams. Do not be surprised if they bounce back to a .500 record midway through the season.

Do you agree? Feel free to sound off in the comments section below.

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My name is Brandon Gimpel I’m a student at Florida State University. After I graduate from school, I plan on pursuing a career in sports journalism. When I'm not in Tallahassee for school, I live in south Florida where I grew up. I've played football for 12 years and have coached for 3 years and with my experience around the game, I have some perspective that may differ from other writers. I’m an avid follower of the NFL but I'm also a fan of college football and the NBA. Outside sports I enjoy fishing, going to the gym, and golfing. Follow me on Twitter @BrandonGimpel

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Houston Texans: Rob and Brian’s final sign-off from Locked on Texans

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Brian and Robert say goodbye to Locked on Texans.  After 540 episodes, we bid a tearful farewell to Houston Texans faithful, reminisce about our tenure and share some final thoughts on the Houston Texans future.

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Houston Texans: The best free agents to target in the 2019 off season

Joseph Esquivel-Murphy

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The Houston Texans off season is here and there’s a lot of work to do to prep this team for 2019. Who are the top free agents that the team should go after? Let’s take a look at the players who would make an impact.

The Houston Texans were one of the NFL’s better success stories this season after starting the season 0-3. J.J. Watt returned as one of the league’s most dominant defensive players, while free agent signee Tyrann Mathieu was a playmaker at the safety position. Third-round pick Justin Reid was one of the league’s best rookies and a starter in the Texans’ secondary for years to come.

DeAndre Hopkins and Deshaun Watson maintained their solid connection from last year as the former was named to his second consecutive first team All-Pro. Despite being sacked a league high 62 times, Watson passed for 4,165 yards and 26 touchdowns as he led the Texans to a 11-5 record and the AFC South division title. Lamar Miller was only 27 yards from his third 1,000+ yard season, despite missing two games because of injuries.

While the offense did put up strong numbers, the offensive line was a liability throughout the season as Watson was constantly under pressure, while Miller and the rest of the Texan running backs had few running lanes. Right tackle Seantrel Henderson was signed to fix those problems but he broke his ankle in the season opener and did not play for the rest of the season. He is a free agent now and so is Kendall Lamm, the man who replaced Henderson on the offensive line.

Julie’n Davenport struggled at left tackle and Martinas Rankin has not shown enough to yet to be a contributor on the offensive line. While Jadeveon Clowney and Mathieu are both free agents who need to be brought back, improving the offensive line is the team’s biggest priority in the off season. The Texans need to address the offensive line in both free agency and the draft as the unit struggled to protect Watson.

In regard to bringing in help via free agency, Daryl Williams missed most of the 2018 season with a shoulder injury but he was a second team All-Pro in 2017 and is the top tackle available.

His value might not as high because of the shoulder injury but Williams is one of the league’s better tackles and the Texans need to get him in free agency to bolster their offensive line. Williams is a mauler that should help create running lanes for Miller, while keeping Watson upright in the pocket. If the Texans are unable to sign him, Ja’Wuan James and Roger Saffold are the next best offensive linemen available in free agency and both players should be targeted by the Texans.

An upgrade in the secondary is also needed as Shareece Wright struggled in coverage, while Kayvon Webster and Aaron Colvin battled to stay healthy. Kareem Jackson had a great year for the Texans but is another Texans’ free agent that has to be re-signed.

Ronald Darby and Lamarcus Joyner are the best players available in free agency that can cover receivers in the slot and both players should be targeted by Bill O’Brien.

The Texans need to address their own free agents first as Clowney, Mathieu and Jackson were all vital parts to the team’s success in 2018.

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Houston Texans: Identifying the team’s most glaring weaknesses

Brian K. Patterson

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What are the Houston Texans biggest weaknesses going into the 2019 off season?  Rob and Brian bring on State of the Texans’ BigRon to discuss what needs to be done to fix a team that has tons of potential to be dominant.  What’s the best way to improve the offensive line?  Is Julién Davenport still worth developing and what should we expect to see in additional development?

How about the thought of shifting Greg Mancz to center and Nick Martin to guard?  The trio also discusses the future of Whitney Mercilus on the roster as well as certain defensive lineman not getting enough playing time.  What else?  Take a listen to find out more!

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Houston Texans: Le’Veon Bell and plethora of free agent running backs

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What’s the best way for the Houston Texans to fix the running backs position for the 2019 season?  They certainly can do better than bringing back Alfred Blue.  Rob and Brian talk about what the team needs to do and gives their top free agent running backs to help this offense flourish.  Is bringing in Le’Veon Bell a possibility?  Can the Houston Texans get the back they want in this season’s draft?

The duo discusses that plus gives their thoughts of Indianapolis Colts’ firing offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo and the interesting back story that likely factored into the move.  Plus, Gary Kubiak finds a new job in the NFL.   What else?  Take a listen to find out more!

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