The Texans dropped their third straight game on Monday Night Football, falling to the Pittsburgh Steelers 30-23 at Heinz Field. As Houston gets further into the season, a pattern has begun to emerge in terms of on field playing time.
This week, the two units (offense and defense) were on the field for nearly the same amount of plays. The offense got 63 total snaps, while Romeo Crennel's crew got 65.
That 63 total is the fourth highest number of offensive plays the Texans have gotten this year. The season-high remains 73, which Ryan Fitzpatrick and company got in a 30-14 week two win over Oakland.
Against the Steelers, the Texans offensive line again showed continuity. Every starter on the line participated in every snap, including guard Brandon Brooks. Brooks was previously inactive a week ago against Indianapolis due to illness.
Garrett Graham also got his highest playtime percentage of the season, getting in on 94% of the offensive snaps. Rookie Alfred Blue, who had his first career offensive touchdown, made the most of his time on the field, picking up 25 total yards in just seven snaps.
On the defensive side of the ball, two Texans were on the field for every play, Kendrick Lewis and Whitney Mercilus. Mercilus, who played arguably his best game of the season, had five tackles and two sacks of production in his 65 snaps.
You can see the entire playtime percentages below. Click on the image to see it in full size.