The Leftovers: Run game, KC predictions, roster movement

Fans submitted questions via Facebook for Drew Dougherty of Texans TV. He's been with the team since 2009, and answered a few questions in the video above. He answered quite a few more in the article below.

Jason McLeod: Dear Drew, Do you see the defense being able to get to Pat Mahomes this Sunday?
DD: They should. Through the first five games of 2019, the Texans have 15 sacks. That's tied with the 2011 and 2012 squads for the most in franchise history through five games. Houston has at least a sack in every game this season, and after only dropping Drew Brees once in Week 1, they've tallied multiple sacks in each of the last four contests. Mahomes is an MVP-caliber player right now, but his offensive line is banged up and the Texans pass rush is really clicking. I do think they have a chance to get to Mahomes.

Ramiro Rodriguez: Dear Drew, How will we utilize the RB duo of Carlos Hyde and Duke Johnson to keep Mahomes off the field?
DD: Good question. The Texans certainly want to continue to run the football with those two, because they've combined to average 4.9 yards per carry this season. Each has a gain of 25 yards or more, and each is capable of catching the ball out of the backfield and making something happen. While Houston wants to run successfully, the Texans won't force the issue if Deshaun Watson sees mismatches in the passing game.

Roy J. McAlister, II: Dear Drew, When will we see more consistency from the coaching staff?
DD: The coaches definitely want to see it, but the players have said they want to execute more consistently as well. It's not exclusive to one side or the other. Collectively, getting better on a weekly basis and making plays on all sides of the ball on a consistent basis is what everyone here wants.

Ty M. King: Deer Drew, Is that your game camera footage in the background and what brand?
DD: I see what you did there. Not my camera. Just a YouTube clip that I thought might be interesting. It was a deer fighting off raccoons.

Todd Terrell: Dear Drew, Should the Texans use Duke Johnson regularly in the slot, with Hyde running?
DD: There have been some times this season when both have been on the field at the same time. Johnson's skillset definitely leaves open that possibility for the Texans. With the way the tight ends are playing, and the chance that Kenny Stills might be available this week, the possibilities on offense are limitless.

Ross Lange: Dear Drew, Do you think Watson will perform against the Chiefs like he did the Falcons, and will Kenny Stills be active?
DD: It would be tough for Watson to duplicate what he did on Sunday. He threw five touchdowns, and also just five incompletions. But if anyone could do it again, it's him. I know he'll be ready for this game.

Samantha Hallas: Hey Drew! What are the keys to beating the Chiefs on Sunday?
DD: Hi Samantha! If the Texans get a pair of takeaways, don't turn the ball over themselves, and are able to mix in a solid ground game with a few big plays down the field, they can win. They've got to limit Mahomes and his arsenal of weapons. But Houston can definitely pick up a W.

Scott N Julia Ford: Dear Drew, Do you think the offensive line can stop the Chiefs' defensive front and keep Watson clean?
DD: They can, but they have to play the way they did against Atlanta, and they need Watson to keep getting rid of the ball quickly like he did against the Falcons. He, O'Brien and the linemen all said the same thing: pass protection is a group effort, and doesn't fall solely on the line or on the quarterback. It looked good a few days ago, but they have to adjust and adapt for a new challenge in Kansas City.

Young Hadez: Dear Drew, Will the Texans be looking to add depth to the secondary?
DD: Houston's always going to make moves to improve the team. They added safety help last week in Mike Adams. He started 16 games last year for the Panthers, and has been a mainstay in the NFL for over a decade.

Chris Royal: Dear Drew, Will the Texans be looking to add to any positions before the trade deadline?
DD: It wouldn't surprise me. They made a trade last October for Demaryius Thomas. They pulled off a titanic deal just before the season started when they acquired Stills and left tackle Laremy Tunsil. So yes, I think everything is on the table--deal wise--as a possibility with this franchise.

Eugene Arispe: Dear Drew, When is the timeline for Stills to come back, and do you think they'll use Keke Coutee more in the slot?
DD: There's no real 'timeline' for Stills. O'Brien said Stills was "day-to-day" last week. So he might suit up at Kansas City. He might still be a ways off. We shall see. As for Coutee, he keeps getting more and more chances, and he certainly made the most of them last Sunday. Coutee had a 51-yard reception as part of a 3-catch, 72 yard day against Atlanta.

Houston Texans Fans come out to NRG Stadium for the fifth game of the 2019 NFL season against the Falcons.

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