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Tell us exactly what Deshaun Watson is expected to do there?

For his part, new Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell recorded four sacks going up against a makeshift offensive line without Brown in the mix.

It also appears that the Texans are somewhat at the point where they understand these struggles are inevitable.

“You play this game long enough it’s going to happen to you,” offensive tackle Chris Clark said, via Mark Berman of Fox 26 in Houston. “We weren’t expecting this to hit us like this. We just didn’t come to play I guess. We have to get better. We will get better.”

Hopefully, somehow, getting better includes Brown himself returning to the mix. Because, the status quo just isn’t going to work for the Texans moving forward.

Sure, there were issues with both Savage and Watson getting rid of the ball on time. DeAndre Hopkins and Co. also failed to get open consistently against an elite Jags corner duo of A.J. Bouye and Jalen Ramsey. Even then, the onus to protect your quarterback is completely on the offensive line.

Now, set to start Watson on a short week against a hungry Cincinnati Bengals defense, one has to wonder if the Texans are throwing the rookie out there to fail. Their offensive line wasn’t good enough to protect its starting quarterback, so why not go with a wide-eyed rookie? That’s Texans logic right there.

And for his part, Brown’s holdout has pretty much told us a story of an organization that needs to pay him top-five left tackle money. That’s his negotiating strength, when in fact, the two sides actually start talking again.

In Dallas, the Giants’ offense was absolutely abysmal against what many perceived to be a weak Cowboys defense. It took until midway through the third quarter for Eli Manning and Co. to cross their own 35-yard line. In the first half alone, New York tallied a grand total of two first downs and 50 yards of offense.

Obviously, the Giants’ offensive line had its own issues here. Demarcus Lawrence made mincemeat out of right tackle Bobby Hart throughout the game.

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