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Week 10 Game Recap: Houston Texans 7, Los Angeles Rams 33


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Houston Texans

Tom Savage is dragging the offense down to the bottom of the ocean. Lamar Miller is running well, but the game scripts aren't giving him a chance to build momentum. DeAndre Hopkins is still outstanding, but his ceiling is being lowered by Savage. Will Fuller went out with a rib injury, but CJ Fiedorowicz returned from a long absence due to a pair of concussions.

Los Angeles Rams

The Rams continued their dominance this week as they regained the lead just before half-time after a sluggish first half but then were almost perfect in the second half of this game as they scored on four of their six drives in the second half. The Rams continue to utilize creative play calling with misdirection, play-action, and screen plays which led to all three of their passing touchdowns. Jared Goff continues to show his improvement and control of this offense as the quarterback looked extremely comfortable this week. Todd Gurley struggled on the ground outside of a few burst plays but was heavily utilized in the passing game this week.

Houston Texans

QB Tom Savage, 68 offensive snaps, Pass: 18 - 36 - 221 - 1 TD / 2 INT, Rush: 2 - 0 - 0
It started strong for Tom Savage but quickly fell a part after 4 turnovers that doomed the Texans. Savage threw for 221 yards with a touchdown to Bruce Ellington on a 26 yard touchdown pass. Savage looked comfortable in the second quarter going 6 of 10 with the touchdown to Ellington and a pick late in the 1st half in the red zone. Savage then went backwards with a fumble on a blitz that was in his face and took the sack. He also fumbled early in the game after his guard was beat with no issues and he did not see them prior to the sack. Savage struggled to make a mark on the field only completing 18 of 36 and continually threw into coverage. There were only 2 interceptions on the day but it could have been 4 if the Rams would have hung onto the ball or not committed penalties. It will be interesting to see the route the Texans take moving forward with the quarterback position with two poor performances by Savage in a row.

RB Lamar Miller, 41 offensive snaps, Rush: 11 - 60 - 0, Rec: 1 - 14 - 0 (1 targets)
t was a strong start for Lamar Miller who had runs of 18 and 21 yards but after that he was passed over for a passing game to try and get the Texans back into the game. The Texans worked the running game early against the Rams and Miller was the beneficiary in that department. Averaging 5.5 a carry, Miller was the clear best offensive weapon the field. Miller also had a reception for for 14 yards that was a nice out route to beat a line backer to set the Texans up for a field goal attempt.

WR DeAndre Hopkins, 69 offensive snaps, Rec: 7 - 111 - 0 (14 targets)
The Texans continued to force feed the ball to DeAndre Hopkins and with 7 receptions for 11 yards with his longest reception for 36 yards. Savage got the football to Hopkins in space and Hopkins continues to separate and it doing a much better job getting vertical while Hopkins also chipped in a 32 yard reception. Hopkins has been being called for offensive pass interfaces and had a big catch of 20+ yards wiped out because of it. Hopkins did most of his work on the outside with comebacks and curls but it is clear that he will continue to get the bulk of the targets in the passing game.

WR Bruce Ellington, 43 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 41 - 1 (8 targets)
Last week Bruce Ellington was winning from the slot position and he did the same this week and hauled in 4 receptions for 41 yards and a touchdown. He dropped a key first down pass to open the game but got back on track soon after. Ellington scored on a 26 yard reception out of a bunch trips look that sound him open up the seam for an easy pitch and catch from Savage.

WR Will Fuller, 33 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 15 - 0 (3 targets)
Only two receptions for Fuller on the day, he was knocked out of the game after a big hit in the middle of the field. Fuller ran a quick slant and the ball was late and it led him into the safety who knocking him out for the game after a big hit to his back. Fullerís ribs were the issue and did not return after the hit.

TE C.J. Fiedorowicz, 63 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 10 - 0 (6 targets)
It was the return for Fiedorowicz since week one and it was a slow day for him as the starting tight end. Fiedorowicz had 2 receptions for 10 yards and they came on simple out routes from the middle of the field. This is a positive step for Fiedorowicz who has missed majority of the season due to a concussion.


Los Angeles Rams

QB Jared Goff, 66 offensive snaps, Pass: 25 - 37 - 355 - 3 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 4 - 3 - 0
Jared Goff continues to show his development as he had a tremendous game this week looking through his check downs to find open receivers. Goff was accurate and one of his best throws was a perfectly placed ball to Robert Woods for a 94-yard touchdown hitting him in stride about 50-yards down the field showing off his arm strength. One of Goff's best attributes in this game was the utilization of the play-action pass as he was able to sell the fakes perfectly often getting the defense to over-commit to the run which setup a significant part of the passing offense this week.

RB Todd Gurley, 54 offensive snaps, Rush: 11 - 68 - 0, Rec: 6 - 68 - 0 (7 targets)
Todd Gurley as a running back reverted back to some of the tendencies we saw early this season and all of last season where he danced in the backfield trying to have a huge play. Of Gurley's 68 yards on the ground, 60 of them came on three carries including a 34-yard carry in which he took a run off-tackle in the fourth quarter and was caught by the shoelaces from behind in what otherwise would have been a 70-yard touchdown. Gurley was heavily utilized in the passing game this week as he saw seven targets, catching six of those passes including a 43-yard screen pass in which Gurley was able to use his open field

WR Robert Woods, 52 offensive snaps, Rec: 8 - 171 - 2 (10 targets)
Robert Woods had the game of his career so far as he was able to show off his speed on a 94-yard pass reception in which the team utilized a play-action pass for Woods to use his speed to get behind Johnathan Joseph. Woods later scored a second touchdown on a creative play call in which Woods started in motion as if he was going to do an end around, he quickly stopped and then went back the direction that he came from as the play was being snapped. Goff hit him on the pass and Woods was able to find the end zone.

WR Cooper Kupp, 56 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 47 - 0 (7 targets)
Cooper Kupp's role in this game was to be a possession receiver for short quick passes as we have seen a lot of time this season. Kupp averaged just 7.8 yards per reception and was a favorite for Goff when he felt a blitz. Kupp led the team in snaps in this game which was the first time that he has done so all season. Kupp who was second in the league in red zone targets had just one target inside the red zone this week and was unable to convert it for a touchdown.

WR Sammy Watkins, 50 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 41 - 1 (3 targets)
Sammy Watkins continues to have a limited role in this offense and is someone who has become touchdown dependent. Both of Watkins' two catch came on the same drive in which he caught a 24-yard reception over the middle and then on the next play, Watkins was able to score a 17-yard touchdown on a wide receiver screen in which Andrew Whitworth did a tremendous job as the lead blocker. The play call was a tremendous one as the Rams went play action and threw back to the other side of the field with just Watkins and Whitworth on the left side of the field. Watkins did injure his foot during this game and while he did not miss significant time during the game, it was clear that it was bothering him throughout the game and is something to keep an eye on.

TE Tyler Higbee, 54 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 22 - 0 (4 targets)
After scoring his first touchdown last week, Higbee had just two receptions and was largely a non-factor in this game. While Higbee continues to be on the field for a significant amount of snaps, the reality is that he is not a focal point of this offensive passing game and is often kept inside to block as Goff utilizes Todd Gurley as his safety valve in the passing game instead of the tight end.