Houston Texans lose to the Colts 30-23
The annual two-step by the Texans is not just a dance it is the state of the franchise.
The Houston Texans were coming off maybe the most significant road win in franchise history last week when they beat the Chiefs 31-24. This week they were facing their division rival the Indianapolis Colts in Indianapolis. The Texans traditionally struggle on the road versus the Colts but were looking for a second big road win in a row.
First Half: Houston Texans Stagnant Offense
The first half of the game sums up the Texans season and the franchise overall. Just when it seems the team is moving forward, it takes a step back and falters. They had several possessions where they were able to move the ball but eventually bogged down. On five possessions, they settle for three field goals. Even after the defense recovered a Jacoby Brissett fumble at there own 12. Even with the stagnant offense, the Colts only managed 14 points on two Brissett passing TDs. The second TD drive featured noted Texan killer TY Hilton who scored on a quick two-yard slant.
Second Half: Better offense but not enough
The second half started like the first half ended. The Colts drove right down the field, and the drive ended with an unbelievable one hand TD catch by Eric Ebron.
The Texans offense again moved the ball down the field, mixing in a couple of runs by Hyde and a big play to Kenny Stills for 45 yards. The drive would end with of all things a Deshaun Watson option pitch to Keke Coutee.
Brissett again drives the Colts down the field, and the drive ends with a three-yard pass to Zach Pascal, who had a big game for the Colts, putting them up 28-16.
Two straight possessions with zero points for the Texans with the second drive ending in an interception. The Texans did pull within one possession with 6:38 left in a game when Watson hit Deandre Hopkins on a four-yard TD pass.
The defense did its job on two straight possessions getting the ball back for the offense. With a chance to tie the game after the Texans took a safety to get better field position. On the last drive of the game, Watson’s pass bounced of Coutee hands and was picked off by Darius Leonard.
The Houston Texans have had an up-down season. Tough loss on opening night versus the New Orleans Saints. Bad home loss versus the Panthers. Big road win versus the Chiefs and then today’s lackluster lost. The Houston Texans are a franchise that takes a big step forward but then takes a significant step back just as quickly. They say you are a reflection of your head coach. Bill O’Brien has a career record of 48-43, not horrible but not great, just like the Texans.
The Houston Texans look to get back on track when they host the Oakland Raiders next week.
Notable stats from the Houston Texans loss
Jacoby Brissett finished with 326 yards and four TDs
Deshaun Watson 308 yards one TD and two interceptions
Zach Pascal six receptions 107 yards two TDs
Deandre Hopkins nine receptions 107 yards 1 TD
The Colts are 15-3 vs the Texans at home all-time.