What has gone wrongFor starters, the Texans should realize how much they miss blindside pass protector Duane Brown and work harder to end their long-time stud left tackle’s holdout. Right tackle Derek Newton, not fully recovered from his torn patellar tendon suffered in 2016, is out for all of 2017. Allen (through free agency) and Su’a-Filo (through the draft) have been major disappointments in trying to restore what they once had at guard with Brandon Brooks.
Worst Pro Football Focus grade: Giacomini (29.8). The former Jet and Seahawk hasn’t been a reliable stopgap on the right side. Rookie fourth-rounder Julien Davenport, a terrific athlete, may be a bit raw out of Bucknell, but he can’t be much worse.
Reason for hope: Martin, back healthy, has been solid in the middle in compensating for the free-agent departure of Ben Jones last season. Overall, the group is much better in run blocking, which is in line, anyway, with the run-heavy approach Houston needs to take with Lamar Miller, D’Onta Foreman and Deshaun Watson. Settling on a consistent five beyond the early shuffling also would help.
Despite a pair of missed field goals in the first half, those who took the over were looking good at halftime. Miami (OH) led 28-14 as the 42 combined points were nine shy of the closing over/under of 51.
The second half however, saw a total of three points as missed opportunities cost both Central Michigan and folks who bet the over. The Chippewas got inside the RedHawks’ five-yard on two different occasions, but failed to score both times. Central Michigan would get shutout in the second half despite running 18 plays in Miami (OH) territory, something that bettors who came up a touchdown short of hitting their over won’t want to hear.