Bijani: Texans offense hits rock bottom against Commanders

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The Texans dropped their fifth consecutive game Sunday, 23-10 to the Washington Commanders, who won for the fifth time in the last six weeks.

For the second time within the last month, the Texans offense failed to reach 200 yards. It was also the fifth time this season they failed to reach 300 yards.

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Once again, it was much worse than the final score indicates.

Don’t be fooled, when you look up the worst offensive performances in the history of the NFL, you may not see the 2022 Houston Texans. They’ve had a knack for piling up the yardage during garbage time.

Granted, the Texans franchise does own one of the worst offensive performances in the history of the league.

During their inaugural season in 2002, they managed just 47 yards of total offense while the defense allowed 422 yards against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Texans scored on three of the five Steelers turnovers, including two pick-sixes by former Texans cornerback Aaron Glenn.

This version of the Texans, while fully capable of outdoing a historically awful single-game performance like the one managed more than two decades ago, is well on its way to recording one of the worst offenses the league has seen in recent history.

With the Texans being out gained 246-5 in the first half of Sunday's loss to the Commanders, they set a franchise record for fewest net yards, worse than the eight yards they managed against the Buffalo Bills in a 40-0 loss in 2021.

It was the fewest yards in a single half of play in the NFL since the Raiders somehow managed -12 yards for a half during a victory over the Denver Broncos in 2015.

While the Texans struggled mightily to establish the run Sunday, with Dameon Pierce finishing with just eight yards on 10 carries, Davis Mills was no better.

In fact, he was worse.

Yes, that’s possible.

In the second offensive play of the game, Mills stared down Brandin Cooks and fired a ball his way, which he didn’t look to be anticipating.

The ball was undercut by defensive back Kendall Fuller, and returned 38 yards for a touchdown.

Mills finished the game with 169 yards passing, completing 19 of his 33 pass attempts. He threw two interceptions and was sacked five times.

Aside from the continued miscommunications on routes, inability to process what’s happening on a play fast enough, errant throws, taking coverage sacks and poor decision making, Mills continued his string of games with at least one interception.

In the first half alone, Mills had -1 yard passing and took three sacks.

Overall, through the first 30 minutes of the game, the Texans had run 21 offensive plays, accumulated just five yards, which amounted to just 0.2 yards (that’s 8.6 inches per play, if you're measuring at home).

Since their 17-10 loss to the Titans week 8, the Texans have been unable to adjust when opposing defenses have shut down rookie running back Dameon Pierce, effectively paralyzing the offense.

Meanwhile, let’s get back to that historically bad offense.

There have been a lot of bad football teams over the years. The numbers, because the game in terms of style of play to generalize it, have changed drastically and therefore don’t reflect just how poorly the Texans' offensive production has been.

For example, the lowest scoring output for an entire season was by the Cleveland Browns in 2000, when they managed just 161 points for the entire season.

The Texans this year have scored 159, which is the second-fewest in the league and an average of just 15.9 per game.

So, while the Texans won’t necessarily rival some of the worst offenses (statistically) in the history of the game, they might very well set the bar for the modern NFL.

One final note and to offer a bit more perspective and confirmation that, in fact, your eyes are telling you the truth this season.

As Pierce has been - finishing Sunday's game ranked seventh in the league in rushing - opponents have still outgained the Texans by over 1,000 yards in total offense.

Texans: 2,859

Opponents: 3,896

Let that sink in.

Shaun Bijani has spent the last 16 years covering the Houston sports scene for SportsRadio 610. Follow him on Twitter @ShaunBijani.

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