Despite a Houston Texans defense only giving up a total of 284 total yards to an explosive San Francisco 49ers offense, the team just could not overcome mistakes on the offensive side of the ball. After three interceptions from Matt Schaub, the 49ers were able to run up a final score to the tune of 34-3. T.J. Yates replaced Schaub late in the game after head coach Gary Kubiak had apparently seen enough.
This will certainly be a very interesting week for Kubiak and Co. as the 2-3 Texans must find a way to right the ship before facing off against the St. Louis Rams next Sunday.
Houston Texans - 3
San Francisco 49ers - 34
Game Analysis for the Houston Texans
Pass Offense: Matt Schaub remained hesitant in the pocket early in the third quarter and took a sack to stall a drive deep in his own territory. The quarterback continued to struggle late into the game and was intercepted by defensive lineman Tony Jerod-Eddie. Schaub finished with a dismal 32.2 passer rating. T.J. Yates entered the game late, but he did not have much success.
Run Offense: After falling behind by three scores, there were not too many opportunities for the Texans running backs in the second half. However, Arian Foster still managed to finish the game with 21 carries for 98 yards for an average of 4.7 yards per carry.
Pass Defense: Whitney Mercilus came out strong in the third quarter and recorded a sack on Colin Kaepernick to stall a 49ers drive. The only hiccup came on a 64-yard touchdown pass from Kaepernick to Vernon Davis when Danieal Manning was fooled with a play-action pass.
Run Defense: J.J. Watt and Co. were very disruptive early in the second half, as the 49ers could not find much room to maneuver on the ground. However, due to its lead, San Francisco continued to pound the ball and raked up 177 rushing yards through four quarters.
Special Teams: Randy Bullock was able to connect on a 41-yard field goal early in the third quarter to finally get the Texans on the board. The Texans averaged 23.3 yards on kickoff returns on the day, which is a respectable number.
Coaching: Head coach Gary Kubiak was able to switch things up a bit for the second half. The coaching staff included running backs and tight ends into the passing game, which helped hide some of Schaub’s deficiencies. They also did a nice job of sticking with the running game as much as possible. Unfortunately, the execution lacked to a great extent, which leaves more questions than answers heading into Week 6.
First-Half Analysis for the Houston Texans
Pass Offense: Schaub did not do much to quiet his doubters early, as his first pass of the night was intercepted and returned for a touchdown by Tramaine Brock. Schaub’s struggles continued in the second quarter when he was picked by Brock for the second time. Shaub’s passer rating at the half sits at just 36.7.
Run Offense: The Houston offensive line has been playing well so far Sunday night, and running back Foster has been benefiting. Through the first half of play, Foster has rushed for 47 yards, averaging 3.9 yards per carry. Unfortunately, the Texans have just 48 rushing yards as a team.
Pass Defense: This has been the most stable part of the Texans as a whole so far this evening. The secondary has played well; Kaepernick has only completed 50 percent of his passes and has maintained a passer rating of just 67.2 on the half.
Run Defense: Houston’s run defense got off to a hot start as Frank Gore only totaled seven yards on his first five carries. However, the Texans did give up a one-yard touchdown scamper to Gore late in the first quarter. Later in the second quarter, the 49ers found some major running room and came away with 90 rushing yards on the half, which was capped by another 49ers rushing touchdown.
Special Teams: Bullock did not have a stellar start to the game due to his missed 45-yard field-goal attempt. Keshawn Martin has had his ups and downs in the return game so far. He is currently averaging 25.3 yards on four attempts.
Coaching: The coaching staff has led a balanced offense and a well-prepared defense into the game this evening. The game plan has been steady so far, but execution has not been stellar. Crucial halftime adjustments on the offensive side of the ball will certainly be necessary.