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Whitney Mercilus: C
In order for the Texans defense to truly succeed, it needs to establish a consistent pass rush. Whitney Mercilus was supposed to be a major part of that solution, but so far this season, and especially against the Ravens, he has failed to answer the call.
Brian Cushing: B-
From a statistical standpoint, Brian Cushing had a very solid game, tallying eight tackles and one for a loss. Cushing, however, hurt the Texans defense Sunday with his two neutral-zone-infraction penalties that allowed the Ravens to continue their drives.
Joe Mays/Darryl Sharpton: C+
Both Joe Mays and Darryl Sharpton, who are rotating at the second inside linebacker position, had solid yet unexceptional games.
They both made plays against the run, but they didn't do anything to truly elevate the Texans' level of play.
Brooks Reed: B-
Brooks Reed was very good against the run, which is why is grade is higher than Mercilus'. Reed, though, made little to no impact when rushing the passer, and that is a department the Texans desperately need him to contribute to.