The Texans offensive line lost the battle in the trenches against Minnesota's four-man front today, and it wasn't even close.
The running game for Houston never got going, as Minnesota swarmed to the ball and shut down every attempt to establish a ground game. After falling behind early, Houston's offensive line was unable to give Matt Schaub time to throw the team back into the game. Schaub struggled in his own right, but it started with the O-line's inability to give its passing offense time to work.
Duane Brown has been in a funk for a couple games now. He was flagged for two penalties that essentially killed the momentum of Houston's offense on those particular drives.
Derek Newton and Ryan Harris continued rotating at right tackle and took turns giving up quarterback pressures throughout game. This continues to be a problem area for the Texans.
The lowest point for Houston's offensive line was when the offense had the ball on Minnesota's 1-yard line down 13 points in the third quarter and failed to score a touchdown. You would think any NFL offense given three chances to gain one yard would be able to convert, but the Texans actually lost yards.
Houston's running game was unable to find success running to either side, so no one in particular on the unit should be blamed. The entire offensive line was pitiful as a group.