The Return of Will Fuller!

The Houston Texans have swept the Indianapolis Colts for the first time this madden cycle. This game was a must win game for the Texans and Coach Bull implemented a game plan that stayed within the strengths of the team. Deshaun Watson completed 80% of his passes but threw two interceptions. His second interception was nowhere near his targeted reciever and went straight into the arms of a waiting defensive back. Deshaun Watson made his three step drop and before he could plant his foot, he threw the ball, targeting a wide open Will Fuller. He led Fuller inside too much and Fuller couldn’t even get his fingers on the ball even with a diving attempt. Coach Bull leaned on Will Fuller heavily throughout this game. Will Fuller had his best game of the season in week 9 against the Eagles and Madden rewarded him with a development story. The Colts and the Texans are familiar with most of each other’s play calls, so during the bye week, Coach Bull opened the playbook and added a few plays that were designed to target Will Fuller. The Colts had a firm hand on the game until Deshaun Watson found Will Fuller in the middle of the field on a post pattern for a 78 yard touchdown. This touchdown was Fuller’s longest of the season. He posted 7 receptions for 206 yards and a touchdown and was a crucial piece in helping the Texans get the 31-17 victory over the Colts. 

The Texan’s defense is giving up an average of 438 total yards, 278 passing yards, and 150 rushing yards per game. They were able to hold the Colts to 308 total yards and just 17 points. The Texans had one of their best defensive performances of the season and will have to use the momentum of this week’s win and carry it into next week’s game against the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys are sitting at 5-5 and are just as desperate to win as the Texans. This is a must win game for both teams and the Texan’s defense will have to prepare for the league’s number one rushing attack. Ezekiel Elliot leads the league in rushing so far through eleven weeks and the Texans are one of the worst teams in the league when stopping the run. The Texans are sitting at 4-6 and just one game behind the Tennessee Titans for the division lead. Coach Bull has been praising the efforts of his team and has admired their fight. It appears that the decision to rest during the bye week significantly raised the morale of the team. 

Offensive Usage Rate – 

Ratio –

Pass – 61%

Run – 39%

Rushes –

Javian Hawkins –  131 Carries – 66.4%

Kenneth Gainwell – 43 Carries 21.8%

Others – 23 Carries – 11.8%

Catches –

Brandon Cooks – 54 Catches – 24.6%

Javian Hawkins – 43 Catches – 19.6%

Will Fuller – 40 Catches – 18.2%

The Houston Texans favoured the passing game earlier in the season but have since balanced the ratio out in the past couple games. Coach Bull said that he would like to narrow the ratio gap even further as the season progresses. He said that he is happy with his team’s usage in the catching game but would like to see more of his former third round pick Kenneth Gainwell. Javian Hawkins has been able to carry the workload as a three down back, but seeing as many targets as he does in the pass game, it will be crucial for Gainwell to be in on early downs, so that Hawkins is fresh when he is in the game. 

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