REPORT CARD VS. RAMS
PASSING OFFENSE: A-minus -- Matt Schaub was 28-of-40 for 367 yards and a touchdown. He had another touchdown pass dropped. He wasn't sacked, and he didn't throw an interception. He did lose a fumble on a sneak. Schaub was almost flawless in running an offense that had no running game. Andre Johnson had nine catches for 196 yards. Kevin Walter had a 3-yard touchdown catch.
RUSHING OFFENSE: F -- Playing against a defense that had allowed 146 yards rushing and 4.5 yards a carry, the Texans reached a new low -- 52 yards and a 2.2-yard average. Rookie Arian Foster was supposed to get 20 touches, but he fumbled after a 13-yard catch on the first series and didn't play running back again. Ryan Moats 13 for 46) and Chris Brown (three for 2) were terrible.
PASS DEFENSE: B-minus -- The Texans played against a third-team quarterback, undrafted rookie Keith Null. He threw a touchdown pass. They sacked him three times and hit him seven more times. He was 18-of-27 for 183 yards and one interception.
RUSH DEFENSE: B-minus -- The Texans limited Steven Jackson, the league's second-leading rusher to 82 yards on 20 carries. They kept him out of the end zone. He had eight carries for no gain or negative yardage. He had four carries for 1 yard.
SPECIAL TEAMS: C -- Kris Brown kicked three short field goals. Matt Turk punted two times for a 42.5 average. Kickoff coverage was poor. Punt coverage was good. Returns were mediocre.
COACHING: C -- The Texans were sloppy from the first series when Arian Foster fumbled on the Rams' 8. Joel Dreessen dropped a touchdown pass. That's 10 or 14 points they gave away. Still, they were fortunate to win ugly, and when you're the Texans, old ugly is better than old nothing.