The Texans tried to limit Mallett's exposure, but he still ended up throwing the ball 30 times, as the team logged 84 offensive snaps. He completed 20 of those passes for 211 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while tossing one interception in the game.
Mallett has plenty of weapons, so the Texans would be wise to limit how much he actually has to do in any given game. He showed a solid rapport with both DeAndre Hopkins and Andre Johnson, and found the end zone twice with the team in the red zone. He was solid enough Sunday, but also faced little pressure from a Browns offense that managed to pose little threat.
Mallett showed enough to make you think he might be a starting quarterback in the NFL, but not so much that he looks like an impact Fantasy player. With just two teams left to go on bye, there might not be any reason to rely on Mallett down the stretch, unless he really improves moving forward.
Mallett showed a powerful arm and deft touch in completing 20 of 30 for 211 yards and leading his team to a mild upset. Most impressive was the drive he engineered late in the first half that culminated in a 20-yard touchdown pass over the middle to tight end Garrett Graham, giving Houston a lead it never relinquished. Mallett had opened the scoring with a perfectly thrown 2-yarder to J.J. Watt along the sideline.
The fourth-year quarterback did a lot of handing off in the second half as the Texans buried the Browns on the ground. He hit on 10 of 14 for just 76 yards after intermission. Mallett and his team will stay in the AFC North next Sunday when they host Cincinnati.
Bill O'Brien has announced that
Mallett is set to start in Week 11 against Cleveland, after the team comes off its bye. He has participated in just one game this season without throwing a pass.
O'Brien said via the Houston Chronicle that Mallett "certainly has a strong arm" and can throw the ball "as far as you want."
"All I’m trying to do is be ready and get better," he said. "I always prepare like I’m the starter. I played behind Tom Brady (with New England). Obviously, I didn’t play much, but I prepared the same every week. I don’t expect anything less of myself."
Mallett had tweeted Sunday night following the Texans loss to the Eagles that he was ready to play: “I’m staying focused for when the time comes … seize the opportunity #justwaiting.” He then deleted the tweet and posted another one Monday: "Don’t misinterpret my last tweet. I’m not calling to be the starter. Frustrations of losing. I play my role. I am a team player first. Always."
"(The first tweet) kind of got misconstrued a little bit," Mallett said, suggesting that he was inspired to send out the original after watching Mark Sanchez step in for the injured Nick Foles and lead the Eagles to their victory over the Texans. "All I was saying is I’m ready. Just like Mark. If Mark wasn’t ready when Nick went down, it might not have gone that way for the Eagles."
Texans coach Bill O'Brien has said he will evaluate the quarterback position during the team's Week 10 bye.
"I don’t live in a hypothetical world," Fitzpatrick said.
Although, left tackle Duane Brown feels it's not fair for Fitzpatrick to shoulder all of the blame.
"He’s been playing well," Brown said. "We haven’t made it easy for him at all. It’s tough to make throws when you have guys in your face. They brought some good blitzes. Our job is to try to protect him the best as we can.
"Our offense is built around our running game. When we run consistently it elevates his play and gives us our best chance to win. This game of football’s a total team effort. You can pinpoint one player and criticize him too much. I don’t think he deserves as much harsh criticism as he’s getting."
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