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John McClain’s Texans vs. Steelers report card

John McClain grades each Texans position group’s performance in Sunday’s game against the Steelers.


Overall

The 0-3 start isn’t surprising. The ineptness and inconsistency on both sides of the ball definitely is surprising. Grade: F


Quarterbacks

Deshaun Watson had a tremendous first half with 202 yards, two touchdowns and a 21-17 lead. His second half was terrible. Grade: C-minus


Running backs

David Johnson scored a touchdown, but the run blocking was horrendous. He had 13 carries for 23 yards. Watson ran once. Grade: F-minus


Receivers/tight ends

Randall Cobb and Will Fuller had touchdown catches in the first half. The receiving game disappeared in the second half. Grade: D


Offensive line

All the sacks can’t be blamed on Deshaun Watson. The protection was inconsistent, and the run block was embarrassing. Grade: F-minus


Defensive line

Charles Omenihu and Carlos Watkins combined for two sacks. For the second game in a row, the linemen ran out of gas against the run. Grade: D


Linebackers

They made some good plays against the run early, but the Steelers wore them down with the run in the second half. Grade: D


Defensive backs

Once again, they didn’t allow big plays, but they struggled in coverage and couldn’t contribute to the run defense. Grade: D


Special teams

They didn’t do anything special in the kicking game, on the return game or on coverage. No difference-makers in this game. Grade: C


Coaching

After a terrific first half on both sides of the ball, Bill O’Brien and his staff had no answers for anything the Steelers tried in the second. Grade: F 

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