Houston Texans Defense: It Could Be Worse, Couldn’t It?

December 24, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

For most of the 2010 season the Houston Texans defense has been analyzed, scrutinized, and criticized by fans and sports announcers around the country. They have been quick to point out the gaping holes in the secondary, the way the defense seems to lack a certain "spark," or how rookie cornerback Kareem Jackson needed to be benched. But, don't give up hope Texans' fans, the defense is not the worst in the league!
In fact, Houston ranks No. 9 in the league for yards allowed on the ground (1,427). This averages out to 101.9 yards/game and is an impressive stat considering the Texans had to defend against Maurice Jones-Drew, Chris Johnson, and Darren McFadden—all three of whom are among the league's best. 
Where the obvious problem lies, then, is with the passing defense. The Texans have given up 3,851 yards through the air, an average of 275.1 yards/game. This team record in on pace to be an NFL all-time worst as the Atlanta Falcons, in 1995, allowed an average of 2...

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