TEXANS CAN'T CATCH A BREAK

3 important takeaways from the Texans' heartbreaking loss to the Colts

Texans suffer another crushing loss. Photo by Getty Images.

Another week, another Texans loss and another fantastic way for them to lose. This team seems to have invented new and more heartbreaking ways to lose. Whether it's a fumbled snap or seemingly quitting against an inferior team, there's been a number of ways this team has found to lose. This time, it was a fumble after converting a 4th&5 to the Colts' 2-yard line down 27-20 with 19 seconds left. Close, but no cigar yet again.

Signs of improvement with the two-minute drill

One thing I need to continue to give them props on is the two-minute drill before halftime. Down 14-7 with 1:43 left and all three timeouts, the Texans weren't able to tie the game, but did manage to get a field goal with no time left on the clock. Too many times we've seen this team not only falter in these situations, but give their opponents a chance for a knockout blow. They did the same thing in their previous game against the Colts and their win against the Patriots. If they can start to do this at the end of these one score games, they can win more close games instead of losing them. That is the mark of a good team.

T.Y. Hilton kills the Texans again

Why does T.Y. Hilton continues to torch this team? It's not like the Texans don't know who he is or what he's capable of. But they continue to allow him to beat them when it counts. He only had four catches for 71 yards, but his 41-yard reception that led up to the two-minute warning in the fourth quarter ended up leading to the game winning touchdown. Up to that point, he was pretty much held in check. But plays like the one he made in that crucial situation broke the Texans' backs yet again. The way they saw an immediate issue with Bill O'Brien and got rid of him is the same way they need to treat defensive coordinator Anthony Weaver. Fire him now, let someone else take over, and see if things improve. Hell, it can't get any worse!

The Deshaun Watson debate that just won't go away

Tim Kelly is really trying to make a case for himself. The offensive coordinator has proven to make chicken salad out of chicken bleep since O'Brien's firing. Deshaun Watson had another great game with Kelly calling plays. All this behind a hapless offensive line and at a severe disadvantage at the skill positions. Watson went 33/41 for 373 yards and two touchdowns. He completed passes to eight different guys in this game. His two touchdowns went to two of his favorite targets over the last few games: one to Keke Coutee, the other to Chad Hansen. These guys are part of the reason I support the decision to continue to play Watson.

Playing or not playing Watson has been a hot topic. I believe playing him with the guys you're trying to see what you got in them is best for the immediate future of this team. You can't see what you really got in some of their receivers unless Watson is throwing them the ball. Playing AJ McCarron at quarterback won't give these guys a real shot at proving what they're capable of. That said, if you don't think any of these guys are worth building with or keeping around and you don't want to risk it, sit Watson. Moving forward, I'd like to see more guys involved on defense to see what they can give you. Take more risks with blitzes. On offense, use the spread and up-tempo style more often. This way, if the offense stalls, it'll force you to use more bodies on defense in order not to tire out guys. If the offense succeeds, it lets you know you have a style that works moving forward. What do you have to lose at this point?

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Houston dropped two of three

Astros drop series finale to Oakland, A's win series

Jose Urquidy couldn't hold Oakland back on Saturday. Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

With Oakland finally ending their drought against the Astros on Friday night to split the first two games of the series, and with the Angels staying in step with them as both teams started the day 6-2, the Astros needed a win to keep momentum in their favor on Saturday.

Instead, Oakland would outslug Houston once again to take the series finale and take the series win. The loss moves Houston to 6-3 and down to second place, at least for now, until the 6-2 Angels complete their game on Saturday evening.

Final Score: A's 7, Astros 3

Astros' Record: 6-3, second in AL West

Winning Pitcher: Frankie Montas (1-1)

Losing Pitcher: Jose Urquidy (0-1)

Urquidy gives up four over six

Much like the night before, Oakland was able to bring in runs against Houston's starter, this time Jose Urquidy, Saturday afternoon in their second time through the order. Their first time through, Urquidy was cruising, allowing just one baserunner in the first three innings on a single in the top of the third.

Things shifted in the top of the fourth, with the A's getting back-to-back singles to set the stage for a two-run frame with dual RBI-singles to take a 2-0 lead. Oakland doubled that in the fifth, getting a two-out single to set up a two-run homer by Ramon Laureano to make it 4-0. Urquidy would go on to finish six innings, but with no run support to that point, would leave in line for the loss. His final line: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 93 P.

A's pad their lead before Houston gets on the board

Meanwhile, although getting five hits, the Astros could not get anything on the board against Frankie Montas through six innings. Brandon Bielak took over out of the bullpen for Urquidy in the top of the seventh, but after loading the bases, he would allow a dagger two-RBI single to make it a 6-0 deficit for Houston.

With Montas starting the seventh looking to face a batter or two before Oakland moved to their bullpen, Kyle Tucker would finally get Houston on the board with a leadoff solo home run, cutting the lead to 6-1 and ending Montas' day. Houston would get a two-out rally going, with an RBI-double by Jose Altuve followed by an RBI-triple by Michael Brantley to make it a three-run game at 6-3.

Oakland takes the series win

Ryne Stanek tried to keep it a three-run game and give the Astros a chance to stay in it in the top of the eighth but instead would give up a two-out solo home run to push Oakland's lead back to four. That 7-3 score would go final as Houston would go scoreless in the eighth and ninth.

Up Next: Houston will have a day off on Sunday before continuing this homestand Monday night by welcoming in Detroit and former manager A.J. Hinch for three games. In the series opener, the Tigers will send young star Casey Mize (0-0, 2.25 ERA) to the mound, while the Astros will get another start by Zack Greinke (1-0, 1.38 ERA).

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