28 Observations from the Houston Texans vs. Carolina Panthers game

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The Texans lost Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. A close battle, ultimately there were a few errors the Texans couldn’t overcome. However, there were some bright moments! Here are my observations for Week 2.

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1) Houston Texans quarterback Ryan Mallett made his first start of the 2015 season and fired away 58 times! No you did not misread that number, it was really 58 attempts. Mallett completed only 27 of those 58 on Sunday, roughly 47 percent!

Last year, the Texans ran the ball 551 times last season. Leading the league in rushing attempts by 26 attempts and towering over the league average of 427.8. In fact, last season the Texans averaged 34 rushing attempts per game! In comparison, during Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers the Texans only rushed the ball 23 times. Texans offensive coordinator George Godsey will look to be much more run balanced against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

2) Texans running back Chris Polk led all Texans backs with 14 carries and averaged 2.7 yards per carry. Next in line, was running back Alfred Blue with five carries, and running back Jonathan Grimes followed that up with two carries.

3) Wide receiver Nate Washington led the team in receiving again this week. Washington has been really impressive for a player who was previously thought of as a serviceable veteran presence. However, wide receiver Cecil Shorts III led the team in targets with 12 passes thrown his way.

4) Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton logged 76 yards rushing while averaging a healthy 7.6 yards per carry. The Texans mustered a measly 61 yards on the ground combined.

5) Opposing tight ends continue to find success against the defense as Panthers tight end Greg Olsen led the Panthers in receiving with 70 yards on six grabs.

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