HOUSTON (AP) – The Houston Texans were just one game away from expanding their winning streak to three games.
HOUSTON (AP) – The Houston Texans were just one game away from expanding their winning streak to three games on Sunday.
Instead, late fumbling with the Colts 2 prevented the gate and resulted in a 26:20 loss to Indianapolis.
Quarterback Deshaun Watson, who had 341 yards for his third straight 300-yard game, took the loss particularly hard after failing to cope with the low snapshot that led to the fumble. The Colts retrieved the ball after its fumble to seal the victory.
“We’re so close, and since I’ve been so close for the past four years since I’ve been here, where for some reason we just can’t get over it (hump),” he said. “But one day we will for sure. I promise you that. ”
Watson’s game was one of the few bright spots in Houston’s dark season. Interim coach Romeo Crennel appreciated that Watson took responsibility for Sunday’s defeat, but he was quick to point out that there is much more going into wins and losses than his performance.
“When things don’t go well, he blames himself, which isn’t necessarily right. But that’s exactly what executives do, ”said Crennel. “It’s your job to get the team going. But I keep telling the guys that it’s a team effort and the team wins and the team loses. Everyone has a role to play and it’s not just one guy who can do anything. ”
The Texans have been much better against the run in the last three games after giving up 231 yards on Nov. 15 to lose to the Browns. Houston allowed 167.4 yards to race a game after that defeat, but has only given up 101.3 yards since rushing a game.
“Our guys got promoted and did their job, the linebackers filled in the gaps and then we left the field and put the ball back on the offensive,” said Crennel. “If we continue to do that, our running defense will continue to improve. I think the guys are starting to see this and I expect to see it more regularly. “
WHAT NEEDS HELP?
While running defense continues to improve, Houston’s running game continues to be largely ineffective. The Texans rank last in the NFL, racing averaging just 84.4 meters per game.
Starter David Johnson returned Sunday after missing three games due to a concussion but only made it 44 yards in limited action. Crennel hopes Johnson can do more this week after getting back on business this week after returning from injury.
WR Chad Hansen was inducted into the active squad by the training team on Saturday and made a huge contribution to Houston’s first game since recipient Will Fuller was banned for violating the NFL’s guidelines on performance enhancers. Hansen, who had not appeared in a game in 16 games for the Jets in 2017, had five receptions for a career height of 101 meters.
While Watson was blamed for the fiddling and taking responsibility for the mistake, it was center Nick Martin’s low push button that caused it. In addition to being low, the snap was sailing to Watson’s left.
“If it had been on his right side, he probably would have made it,” said Crennel. “But because it was on his left side, he had to go over his body to try to handle it over his body. He couldn’t get it under control. “
TE Pharaoh Brown suffered a concussion on Sunday.
141 – WR Keke Coutee had a career high of 141 yards on Sunday for his first 100-yard game since receiving 110 yards in a playoff game in the 2018 season as a rookie. Coutee fell out of favor with former coach Bill O’Brien but got a second chance under Crennel.
The Texans will have a good chance of getting back on track this week when they visit a Bears team that has lost six straight and was crowned by Sunday’s 34:30 loss to Detroit. Watson did a good job in the first game without Fuller to achieve various goals but should get even better this week with more practice time with receivers like Coutee and Hansen.
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