The Houston Texans won their second preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons 32-7, and comparing it to their first preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals, the Texans made some good signs of improvement.
The Texans, are coming off a blowout loss to the Cardinals 32-0 last week and were finally able to put up points for the first time this preseason racking up a total of 32 points. The offense was able to put the first points on the scoreboard with their second possession in the game. Ryan Fitzpatrick took them on a 12 play drive for 69 yards and Alfred blue finished it off with a one yard score to make it a 7 – 0 ballgame in the first half.
Heading into the second quarter both teams were struggling to move the ball, but the Falcons were finally able to tie the game up on their fifth possession with 1:39 left on the clock in the first half which would be their only score of the game.
With only a few minutes left, Fitzpatrick was put into the two minute offense. He was able to complete 5 of his 7 passes starting from the Falcons 35 yard line to end the half with a passing touchdown to Devier Posey. Ending the half 13-7.
After that great drive, Bill O’Brien decided to call it a night for Fitzpatrick who played the entire first half finishing the game 9 of 12 for 97 yards and one touchdown. A much better performance than the previous week against the Cardinals.
Case Keenum started the second half for the Texans and lead them on a great 10 play drive to start the 3rd quarter which ended in a field goal. That would be his only good drive of the night. On Keenum’s next possession he put on another great drive but wasn’t able to finish with a score, throwing an interception on the first play in the fourth quarter to Kemal Ishmael.
The Falcons weren’t able to capitalize on the interception ending up in another punt which was returned for a score by Jonathan Grimes making it 23-7 and halfway through the fourth Dre Hal intercepted a pass and returned 64 yards for the touchdown. Overall all three quarterbacks played well showing that they were able to move the ball.
As for the defense Jadeveon Clowney showed why he was the best pick in this past drafting getting his first sack and also two tackles for loss. J.J. Watt didn’t suit up for this game giving Clowney all the spotlight, and Clowney showed it wasn’t to much to handle.
In general the entire defense played well, holding the Falcons for a total of 248 yards with only seven points and also two turnovers. Everything that the Texans needed to do to improve from last week was resolved against the Falcons. Fitzpatrick was able to run O’Brien’s offense, and the defense was able make stops. There are a few things that can be improved but as of now progress is being made for the Texans.