The offense for the Texans once again struggled to get going early in the game.
Tom Savage left the game after a hard hit in the end zone with a concussion and in came the Texans legend T.J. Yates.
Yates sparked the offense by leading the Texans on two straight scoring drives, only to regress to just 79 yards on their last five drives. Those included a fumble and a missed field goal.
The defense for the Texans were active and were able to put pressure on 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo throughout the game even though he ended completing 20 of his 34 throws for 334 yards.
They held the 49ers to 2-of-11 on third downs, 3.3 yards per rush, three tackled for a loss, and two sacks.
Rookie Zach Cunningham showed off his ability to go sideline to sideline and make plays in the run game for the Texans. He has the ability to cover in space versus running backs and was in on a sack. He finished the game with six tackles, three assists, and half a sack.
DeAndre Hopkins added to his NFL leading targets with 16 which led to 11 catches for 149 yards and two scores. Hopkins was able to get open at will anywhere on the field and started rolling once Yates came into the game.
The stats don’t pop out at you but Jadeveon Clowney lived in the backfield of the 49ers today. He only finished with three tackles and three assists in the game but disrupted the play in the pocket for Garoppolo on multiple occasions.
The running game for the Texans has disappeared since Watson went out with a knee injury. The offense is based off of a heavy running game and the ability to take deep shots down the field. The offensive line is a makeshift unit and has a handful of players that are depth players and not starters.
The quarterback position for the Texans has been abysmal since Watson went out with a knee injury. Last week, it appeared that Savage and O’Brien may have found a little rhythm but the offense once again sputtered out of the gates. Yates was able to add an instant spark out of the gates but that ended quickly as the final five drives were duds.
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