Duane Brown — D
It would be easy to just go down the line a rip every individual on this line. We will start the prosecution with the guiltiest party.
Some NFL observers were ready to ordain this guy as the best left tackle in the league. He played like a rookie in this game, and has left a trail of mediocre performances over the last few weeks.
Brown was responsible for three penalties and his third sack of the season. Jared Allen smacked him around like the new kid in the schoolyard, and even backup DE Everson Griffen had him turned around a couple of times.
Only his overall body of work keeps him from getting an F.
Chris Myers — B
Myers had the best game of anyone on the line, keeping tackling demon Chad Greenway from getting his usual serving of double-digit tackles.
Then again, the Texans ran the ball only a handful of plays up the middle. Whether that was out of respect for Greenway or because Myers was not creating any holes would take a closer look at a playback of the game.
Wade Smith — C-
The Texans left guard played a better game than his recent efforts. From a standpoint of outright mistakes, his only noticeable error was a sack he gave up to NT Fred Evans.
Like the rest of cohorts, he must take the heat for the ridiculous 34 yards rushing gained by the fifth-ranked team in that category. It will also likely be the only game where he outplays Duane Brown.
Ben Jones — D
No one likes to go up against DT Kevin Williams, and after getting treated like his play toy Jones would agree. Williams literally put the Texans’ RG on his butt more than once.
Like Myers, the lack of running plays over his blocking assignment was a result of his inability to maneuver Williams in any direction. It ended up being another day at school for the rookie.
Brandon Brooks — C-
When the Texans looked for an additional blocker in goal line situations, Brooks came in to lend a hand. The fact they failed to score on their last serious drive of the day means he still has a ways to go before he can be a consistent backup.