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The Houston Texans got their second straight win on Sunday after an 0-3 start but the
"We've got to make major improvements there because we're moving the ball, but we're not scoring touchdowns," coach Bill O'Brien said."We're kicking too many field goals ... that's not a sustainable way to win games in this league and we know that. So, we're going to work hard to get it better this week."The Texans rank third in the NFL by averaging 423.4 yards a game, but are tied for 15th by scoring just 23 points a game. They've struggled in the red zone all season, finishing with touchdowns just 8 of 22 times. Houston has converted more than 50 percent of its chances inside the 20 in just one game this season, when it went 3 for 5 in an overtime win over Indianapolis on Sept. 30.O'Brien said plenty of factors are contributing to the problem and that his staff is focused on fixing it."I think it's a combination of a lot of things," O'Brien said. "It's not a time for us to sit here and list all the things. I think it starts with me. I've got to do a better job of teaching it, designing it, and then there are some things that we have to do a better job of executing."O'Brien credited the defenses Houston has faced for doing a good job of limiting his team in this area and noted how much more difficult things become once an offense is inside the 20."You have to be in this business day in and day out to understand how difficult the red area is," he said. "There's less space, the windows, they open and close very fast, you have to make quick decisions, you have to throw the ball accurately, you've got to be able to run the ball by covering people up and blocking support and all these other things."Quarterback Deshaun Watson, who is fifth in the NFL with 1,621 yards passing, said part of the struggles in the red zone come from his failure to execute plays. He pointed to a couple of throws he made that were short against the Cowboys that kept his team from scoring."We've just got to execute. That's pretty much it Womens Antwaun Woods Jersey ," he said. "You can be simple. You can be creative. It doesn't really matter what you do, you've just got to execute the play. The plays are designed to get the ball in the end zone, and if everyone does their job and does it correctly and I make the right throw and make the right read, the ball should end up in the end zone."Watson and the Texans should have more help on offense this week when they host Buffalo with the return of running back Lamar Miller. The starter, who leads the team with 225 yards rushing, was active for the Cowboys game but did not play because of a chest injury.The Texans are confident that if they could figure out a way to finish drives their offense will be in good shape. Watson has looked good in his return this season after missing the last half of his rookie year in 2017 after knee surgery.He's been able to connect consistently with star receiver DeAndre Hopkins and has spread the ball around to Will Fuller and rookie Keke Coutee. Hopkins already has three 100-yard receiving games this season and leads the NFL with 594 yards receiving. Fuller has 278 yards receiving and leads the team with three TD receptions, and Coutee has piled up 160 yards in just two games.After the tough start to the year, Watson is encouraged by his team's work the past two weeks and is focused on getting better to help the Texans continue to build on their recent success."We've got to score in the red zone to put the game away, but we'll correct those mistakes," he said. "These last two weeks have been big ... just everyone just believing and being able to have that will and that determination to get the job done at the end."Four reasons why Cowboys will witness the best version of Dak Prescott in 2018 Two years, 32 regular season games, 32 starts, 22-10 record. There’s a lot we can say about third-year quarterback Dak Prescott. What we can’t say is that he hasn’t been successful. Through two years in the NFL, the former fourth-round pick has shown us mostly good things, but also some things that were not so good. In 2016, Dak could do no wrong. Once he was given the starting job, there was no losing it. In 15 games in 2016 (excluding week 17 against Philadelphia), Prescott had just three games in which he threw for under a 65% completion percentage, one game where he didn’t account for at least one touchdown Womens Jaylon Smith Jersey , and just four games in which he posted a quarterback rating under 100. This is all coming from a 23-year old quarterback playing in his first NFL season who would eventually be selected to his first Pro Bowl. In 2017, Prescott started off just as hot, but cooled down quite a bit by the end of the season. While still pulling off a 9-7 record, it was tough sledding for the second-year quarterback. After losing his All-Pro running back and All-Pro left tackle, both in the same week, Prescott’s first game without his two best players was an absolute disaster, and the rest of the season wasn’t much better. Jason Getz-USA TODAY SportsIn the final eight games of the 2017 season, the Cowboys quarterback was sacked 22 times, had just two games with at least 200 yards passing, and threw nine interceptions. Prescott desperately missed Elliott and Smith, and it showed week after week. So why would Prescott play any better in 2018 than he did in 2017? Here are four reasons why: Learning from 2017Those last two months of the season prepared Dak Prescott for what the NFL is like when things aren’t set up the way you expected. He learned how to handle adversity. He learned how even after having a three-interception game against division rival Philadelphia he has to look his team in the eyes, be accountable, and continue to lead his team into battle. All of those things are going to make him a better quarterback this year and in years to come.Dak Prescott spent most of his offseason working on his footwork, throwing motion, and pocket presence in California with quarterback coach John Beck. Prescott worked with Beck on his footwork and subtle movements inside the pocket to buy more time, to be more accurate, and to be on time with his throws. Prescott also lost notable weight, and looks to be much slimmer and smoother when inside and outside of the pocket. A revamped receiving corpsHe will need all of those things to improve, since he is working with a revamped receiving corps with veterans Dez Bryant and Jason Witten no longer with the team. While Dak Prescott will likely miss both Bryant and Witten Womens Deonte Thompson Jersey , it’s questionable whether their departure makes things harder on the third-year quarterback.Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY SportsThis offseason the Cowboys added Allen Hurns, Michael Gallup, Deonte Thompson, and Tavon Austin to their receiving corps to help take the weight off of both Dak Prescott’s and Ezekiel Elliott’s shoulders. The interesting thing about this receiving corps is that each player brings something different to the table that will help Dak. Michael Gallup, Cole Beasley, and Allen Hurns will likely be the guys Prescott turns to when he needs a big play on third down, or to move the team closer to the chains. Deonte Thompson and Tavon Austin are likely going to be used as vertical threats or as gadget players, although they will also be given opportunities underneath. But they won’t be locked into one thing, or line up in just one spot in the offense, and that uncertainty will likely make it tougher for defenses to defend them. It’s also going to help that even though it may not seem like it, the weapons around Prescott suit him better than they did in previous years.Better left guard playConnor Williams had has his moments this preseason where he’s looked like he wasn’t ready to contribute at the NFL level, but while Geno Atkins did beat him a time or two in a preseason game, Williams had his fair share of wins as well. Williams is going to be just fine as the Cowboys starting left guard, and while there may be a few moments early in the season where he goes through a learning curve, don’t be so quick to judge him. Williams is going to allow Prescott time in the pocket, and open up running lanes for Ezekiel Elliott. Coming out of Texas as a junior, Williams played left tackle for the Longhorns, and was known for his athletic ability and nastiness as a blocker. Williams fits right in with this offensive line’s attitude and demeanor, and he will be a cornerstone piece for this offensive line for years to come. With better left guard play comes better quarterback play.Kyle Terada-USA TODAY SportsTyron Smith and Ezekiel Elliott are backLast but not least , his boys are back. Tyron Smith and Ezekiel Elliott are back, and have no plans of going anywhere. Smith has spoken multiple times this offseason about how this is the best he’s felt health-wise in the last four to five years. With Tyron in the lineup at left tackle, Dak Prescott was at his best. When Tyron was not in the lineup due to injury, Dak Prescott struggled, like any other quarterback would without their All-Pro left tackle. The same can be said for third-year running back Ezekiel Elliott. When in the lineup, this offense is one of the best in the league due to their ability to run the football, set up play-action, and take shots down the field due to the defense accounting for the run. When Elliott isn’t in the lineup, things start to fall apart. Defenses can play man-to-man underneath, with two-deep safeties to take the pass away, instead of putting a safety down in the box. Zeke makes defenses respect the run more than any other running back in the league, which makes Prescott’s life much more easier as a quarterback.While all the new weapons are nice, and while having both Zeke and Tyron back is going to make a world of difference, it’s Dak’s leadership, attitude, and the way he handles himself that are the reasons the Cowboys and everyone else in the NFL will see the best version of Dak Prescott in 2018, and it all starts today in Charlotte as the Dallas Cowboys take on the Carolina Panthers.

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