On the one interception he threw Thursday, Osweiler locked onto DeAndre Hopkins in the second quarter, failing to look off the defense or use a pump fake, leading to Jamie Collins picking him off. He'll need to break himself of that habit and vows to examine the tape and become a better quarterback. After a nice first week of the season, Osweiler has thrown three interceptions to one touchdown in the past two games.
Another highly effective defensive game plan by Bill Belichick and his staff significantly limited the
Osweiler saw a more up-and-down performance in Week 2 against a defense superior to Houston's opening weekend opponent, Chicago. Houston's first two drives encapsulated Osweiler's talents an shortcomings. After leading the team into the red zone on the opening possession, Osweiler was flushed out of the pocket, didn't set his feet and threw a pick in the end zone. On his very next throw, he landed a perfect rainbow right into the arms of DeAndre Hopkisn for a touchdown. Osweiler's second pick was a combination of sub-optimal ball placement and the talents of Kansas City's Marcus Peters. It's hard to keep in mind that, despite the big contract, Osweiler has about a half a season of play under his belt and edges to his game are still in need of smoothing. If there is a place to be excited, it's that first-round pick Will Fuller is showing legitimate ability to be a quality No. 2 target behind Hopkins.
Osweiler completed 22 of 35 passes for 231 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in Sunday's 23-14 win over the Bears. He added 16 yards on four carries.
Osweiler benefited from the emergence of first-round pick Will Fuller alongside DeAndre Hopkins on the outside, as the two wide receivers combined for 161 receiving yards and both Texans touchdowns. Houston featured a balanced attack with 35 runs and 35 passes, and that should continue to be the case with fellow newcomer Lamar Miller primed to carry the mail on the ground. Despite the talented receiving corps, expectations should be tempered for the 25-year-old quarterback after he topped 300 passing yards just once in seven starts for the Broncos.
Both incompletions were dropped passes, including one on a deep ball by rookie Will Fuller, who made up for it by catching three passes for 67 yards and a touchdown. Osweiler was also efficient throwing to his other wideouts, with DeAndre Hopkins catching both of his targets for 41 yards and Braxton Miller going 3-for-3 for 29 yards. The first two preseason games were a mixed bag, but Sunday showed that the Houston offense has immense potential -- if Osweiler, Fuller and Braxton Miller develop faster than expected.
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|7||10/24/16||@ DEN||8:30 pm|
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