HOUSTON -- Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has broken a slew of franchise records and a handful of NFL records in his hot start to his career, but there's one record Houston would like to keep as far away from him as possible.
In 2002, quarterback David Carr was sacked 76 times as a rookie in Houston's inaugural season, the NFL record for sacks taken in a season.
With Watson sitting at 52 with two games remaining, he likely won't come close to Carr's record, but considering only six quarterbacks in NFL history have been sacked 60 times in a season, keeping him as close to 52 would be ideal for Watson's future as well as Houston's playoff hopes.
With two games remaining, no team has allowed more sacks than the Texans' 52. They allowed 54 last season, finishing 31st in front of only Indianapolis (56).
Youth, inexperience and injuries have all been a factor for Houston's offensive line, but Texans coach Bill O'Brien defended the unit after his team allowed six sacks in a 29-22 win against the Jets on Sunday.
Clarifying his point, O'Brien said on Monday that there might be more factors at play in the sacks.
"It's not good -- no doubt about it," O'Brien said. "We've got to try to fix it, but what I think I was trying to say, and it's true, after the game was that it's always pinned on the offensive line. There are certain things that, without giving you all the details, that we have to do better on the offensive line, but there's also route running involved.
"There's so many things that go into a sack. The backs -- are the backs protecting the right guy? Is Deshaun holding the ball a little bit? Could the ball come out quicker? Is the receiver running the route the same way? Is the playcall a great playcall in that situation? There are so many different things that go into the end result of a sack."
In Week 6, the Texans allowed a season-high seven sacks in a 20-13 win against Buffalo. For two games after that, they seemed to have it all figured out, allowing just one sack in a 20-7 win at Jacksonville and not allowing any in a 42-23 win against Miami in Week 8. Since then, however, they've given up 26 in six games.
Against the Jets, the Texans actually had more yards lost through sacks (55) than they did rushing yards (47). Jets defensive end Henry Anderson -- who entered the season with three sacks to his name in 29 career games and entered last Sunday with three sacks this season -- sacked Watson three times and hit him one other time.
Aside from Anderson, the Jets also blitzed their linebackers as well as defensive backs, with strong safety Jamal Adams picking up a sack. O'Brien said his offense's handling of the different blitz packages was "not great."
Houston's sacked percentage of 10.77 is by far the NFL's worst. If it holds, it would be the worst sacked percentage since Jacksonville's 11.31 percent in 2014.
"We've got to figure that out," O'Brien said. "We have to really try to get that cut down. It's not going to be easy, because now we're going against [Michael] Bennett, Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham. It only gets harder. That's what we're spending time on today trying to get figured out."
The Texans (10-4) will visit Philadelphia on Sunday (1 p.m. ET, CBS) to face an Eagles team (7-7) that has 35 sacks but has struggled with the pass rush in the second half of the season. The Eagles have just eight sacks in their past five games, being held under three sacks in four of those games.