If you’re coming here looking for game analysis and a breakdown of the Texans 30-17 loss to the Colts last night, I’m sorry but you’re not going to get that from me this morning.
The reason why you’re not going to get it is because I’ve written that review many times before. I write it every year, several times a year it seems. We know these Texans so what’s the use?
People wonder why I refuse to get sucked in by the hype and why I kindly say ‘no thanks’ when someone offers me a sip of the battle red koolaid.
People wonder how I could pick this team to finish 8-8 back in late August when it was so ‘obvious’ that this was the year they finally make the playoffs.
Well, it’s because of games like last night when the Texans had yet another opportunity to ‘make a statement’ but were clubbed like baby seals by a team that had so many starting offensive players on the sideline it looked like Week 4 of preseason.
It’s the same old story with these Texans. They came out panicky in a big game and by the time they composed themselves and ‘got down to business’ they were in a 24-3 hole and it was game over for all practical purposes.
It’s a bad combination when you can’t pass protect and your defense can’t get off the field.
Matt Schaub was sacked three times, hurried much more, and threw another one of his patented pick six’s where he’s so locked into his receiver that he can’t see or anticipate the defender three feet away making a break on the ball.
The offensive line was a seive and Arian Foster nearly got Schaub killed by allowing Clint Session to come clean on a blitz for a sack in the second quarter.
The defense couldn’t get off the field, made no impact or game changing plays, and allowed a makeshift Colts offense to double the Texans in time of possession and put 20 points on the board in the second and third quarters. ‘Caged bull’ Mario Williams and new middle linebacker Brian Cushing were non-factors.
Some are saying the defense did its job by holding the Colts to 23 points. That’s ridiculous considering the Colts were running only a shell of their offense because of a lack of tight ends. This was a team that was down to their #4 running back late in the second half.
The Texans play scripting was suspect, especially considering the success that Arian Foster had in week one. In the first quarter the Texans ran 9 passes (including the first four plays of the game) and 6 runs. Their second quarter play selection was 8 pass and 3 run. I guess Gary Kubiak thought they’d expect the run so he tried to outsmart them. The only one he continually outsmarts is himself.
The only positives were Arian Foster running the ball well on his relatively meager ration of 15 carries, and Andre Johnson manning up on a bad ankle to log 7 catches for 106 yads and a TD after very few targets early.
At any rate the Texans are now 4-3 and back in their comfy chair in third place in the AFC South. They will now face the NFL’s leading passer, Philip Rivers, and the San Diego Chargers on a short week.
Texans fans need to hope that the loss at Indy doesn’t trigger another mid-season swoon. If you recall, the Texans went on a season killing four game losing streak last November.
But looking ahead on the schedule and seeing the Titans (twice), Jets, Ravens, Eagles, Chargers and Jags coming up over the next seven weeks, it’s not easy to be optimistic.
Let’s just hope that 8-8 isn’t considered optimistic in about a month.