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QB Ryan Fitzpatrick - Houston Texans

6-2, 221Born: 11-24-1982College: HarvardDrafted: Round 7

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Week 3: at New York Giants

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Ryan Fitzpatrick has avoided turnovers so far this year, with 28/41 for 345 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions thrown, with 4/10/0 rushing to his credit. As he's eased his way into the Texans' offense, Fitzpatrick has connected with DeAndre Hopkins (10 targets for 7/111/2 receiving) the most in the end-zone, while venerable Andre Johnson has managed 16 targets for 12/167/0 receiving to lead the team in receiving yards. These two receivers are the main cogs of the passing attack, at least when J.J. Watt (one target for 1/1/1 last week) isn't on the field with the offense. At 2-0, the Texans are charting a winning course through the season so far. The Giants' pass D is ranked 21st in the NFL after two games, with 241.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with two passing scores given up vs. zero interceptions generated. Arizona's backup Drew Stanton was sacked four times for -25 yards last week, but his 14/29 for 142 net yards, zero TDs and zero interceptions was enough to pull out a 25-14 win over Big Blue in Week 2. Fitzpatrick is throwing the ball well enough to win games, while the Giants' pass D is sub-par - advantage, Houston.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs WAS 14 22 206 1 0 4 10 0 0
2 at OAK 14 19 139 2 0 0 0 0 0
3 at NYG PROJ-Dodds 19 31 * * * 2 * * *
3 at NYG PROJ-Tremblay 21 33 * * * 2 * * *
3 at NYG PROJ-Bloom 15 27 * * * 2 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 1 vs WAS (14 / 22 / 206 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 10 / 0 rush)

Fitzpatrick had the type of game that Texans fans and coaches alike expected. Bill O'Brien called a very conservative game plan for the offense initially, and started to open things up just a little once the defense and the run game set the tone. Fitzpatrick dropped back to pass 9 times out of 24 offensive snaps in the first half, and 13 out of the 34 second half offensive snaps. While both ratios equal passing 38% of the time, the passes in the first half were mostly screens to Arian Foster as well as bubble screens and quick outs to the wide receivers. Fitzpatrick looked to pass the ball further down the field in his second half throws, looking almost exclusively for Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins on intermediate routes. The best thing Fitzpatrick did was take care of the football. Not only did Fitzpatrick not throw any interceptions or fumble the ball, but the only sack he took was after a low snap gave him no time to avoid Jason Hatcher's A-gap pressure. Once Fitzpatrick started throwing the ball down the field, he did not come close to throwing any interceptions, although that is not to say he was completely accurate as he left several throws short or errantly wide of receivers. The one glaring difference to the conservative play calling for Fitzpatrick was the 76 yard touchdown strike to Hopkins. After running Foster three straight runs for a collective 13 yards, Fitzpatrick sold a play action fake and found Hopkins wide open 30 yards down the field. As a whole though, as long as the Texans defense is able to keep the team in games, this is the play calling likely to be seen. It is glaringly obvious that Bill O'Brien does not trust Fitzpatrick enough to run the offense through him.

2014 Week 2 vs OAK (14 / 19 / 139 / 2 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Fitzpatrick's stat line was far from gaudy yet again on Sunday because head coach Bill O'Brien likes it that way. The most important statistical categories for Fitzpatrick all had zeros; zero interceptions, zero fumbles, zero turnovers. Fitzpatrick showed glimpses of what he can do in this offense if the there was a need to pass more by completing his first eight passes to start the game. His first incompletion, however, is a good example of how Fitzpatrick can sometimes get himself into trouble. He threw into double coverage in the back corner of the end zone trying to thread the needle to Andre Johnson, the ball was tipped up, and almost resulted in a red zone interception. Johnson is certainly Fitzpatrick's favorite target, but he has shown a willingness to throw DeAndre Hopkins' way as well as the tight ends. This contest was not a great example of Fitzpatrick's abilities due to the Texans' defense domination of the Raiders offense. For instance, Fitzpatrick only attempted four passes in the second half, three of which he completed for 35 yards and a touchdown. Running the ball to set up shots is not a cliché for Bill O'Brien though, so as long as the Texans defense keeps dominating Fitzpatrick will put up very similar stat lines.


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