• Brian L. Barefield

Texans Offensive Lineman Win In The Trenches

Photo Credit/Zach Tarrant-Houston Texans

Coming into Sunday’s game, all the Texans offensive line and coaches had to answer one question on multiple occasions that was on the minds of media personalities and fans.

How will you stop the pressure from Cleveland Browns defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney and Myles Garrett?

It was the right question to ask, especially when you have two former No.1 overall NFL Draft picks playing on the opposite ends of each other causing offensive coordinators headaches trying to devise blocking schemes to stop their explosiveness and abilities to get pressure on the quarterback.

On paper, the matchup between the Browns defensive line and the Texans offensive line looked like a battle that the Texans would lose. Great thing about football is that they don’t play the game on paper, they play it on the field.

For the second week in a row, the Texans only allowed one sack for the entire game and that was from Browns defensive back Grant Delpit. What is even impressive was that they kept the duo of Clowney and Garrett from wreaking havoc as they had a combined six tackles and no sacks on the day.

Those numbers are not what Browns defensive coordinator Joe Woods expected, especially when Texans starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor did not return for the second half action of play due to a hamstring issue and rookie Davis Mills was inserted into the game.

Yet, the game plan for the Texans offensive lineman never changed and they were able to keep a clean pocket for Mills the exact same way they did for Taylor.

“Davis Mills came in, and commanded the game well,” said Texans offensive lineman Justin Britt. “We worked our butt off for him.”

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