Texans Struggle Against Andrew Luck And The Colts Passing Attack

The Defense Continues To Struggle Against Top Quarterbacks

The Bull Rush
December 10, 2018 - 12:18 pm

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The Houston Texans win streak was snapped on Sunday by the Indianapolis Colts and Andrew Luck.

Luck threw for 399 yards, 2 TD, and an interception yesterday against a Texans defense that has been fairly disruptive over the 9 games previous to Sunday. However, when the Texans face superior quarterback play, something they haven’t had to deal with a lot this season, they tend to struggle.

Even though the defense has been ranked in the top 10 in the league, they have struggled to stop opposing passing games consistently, which is especially worrisome since they have only faced two quarterbacks considered to be in the top tier of the position, Tom Brady and Luck.

Head Coach Bill O’Brien knows that the defense has to get better at defending the pass, “We have to do a better job. Well, Cleveland was a little bit different. We were up 23-0 at halftime. I wouldn’t include that in this answer. Today we did not combine the coverage and rush like we have been doing in previous games. If we’re not covering well, the rush isn’t getting home, maybe one is happening, something else isn’t happening, we’re going to have a hard time. We’ve got to get back to that. We’ve got to get back to doing a better job of coaching that, executing it on the field,” he said after Sunday’s loss.

In two games this year Luck has averaged 432.5 yards against the Texans and has 6 touchdowns in that span. The defense has obviously struggled against above-average QB play this season, but when they face the cream of the crop, the defense just can’t seem to stop them.

Texans S Tyrann Mathieu says they just have to focus and stop giving up big plays, “I’m not worried at all. Obviously, it’s something you want to cut down. Teams are going to come in here, they can’t run the football. They’re going to throw the football 50, 60 times a game. We have to do a great job at really disguising coverages, rolling coverages, and put ourselves in a position to where we can make plays on the ball as well,” he said.

If the Texans defense doesn’t find a way to stop these high powered passing attacks, it could prove troublesome come playoff time.