Texans have a few flaws exposed

December, 30, 2012
12/30/12
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Frederick Breedon/Getty ImagesTexans coach Gary Kubiak has some work to do.

The Houston Texans have a few issues to contend with heading into the NFL playoffs.

The Texans loss to the Indianapolis Colts exposed some weaknesses that may need to be dealt with in the coming days of practice as they prepare for the Cincinnati Bengals.

Looking at them from a statistical perspective, they were:

Matt Schaub’s lack of success downfield-– Schaub was 0-for-4 with two interceptions on throws more than 20 yards downfield on Sunday.

Schaub has as many interceptions (3) as he has completions on such throws over the Texans last four games. He had 12 completions, five touchdowns and only two interceptions on those throws in the Texans' first 12 games of the season.

Secondary exploited on deep throws -- Andrew Luck’s touchdown pass to T.Y. Hilton was thrown 37 yards downfield, the eighth touchdown pass thrown more than 30 yards downfield against the Texans defense this season.

In a seven-game span beginning in Week 11, the Texans have allowed opponents to complete 60 percent of such throws (9-of-15), including six touchdowns, the most touchdowns allowed on those passes by any team in the NFL

Not so special teams--With 5:10 remaining in the third quarter, Deji Karim returned Houston’s kickoff 101 yards for touchdown to give the Colts a lead that they would not relinquish.

It was the second 100+ yard kickoff return touchdown that Houston has allowed this season and third kickoff or punt return touchdown it yielded this season. Only the Detroit Lions allowed more return touchdowns in 2012.

Special teams has been a weak spot for the Texans all season.

According to ESPN’s expected points model, poor play on special teams has cost the Texans 3.1 expected points per game, the most of any team in the NFL. In other words, the Texans average margin of victory would be 3.1 points higher if they had an average special teams unit.

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