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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Astros drop back-and-forth middle game to Giants to even series

Houston's offense couldn't keep up with the Giants on Saturday. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images.

With the impressive win in the opener to start the series, the Astros entered Saturday's middle game against the Giants with an opportunity to not just secure the series but surpass San Francisco for the best record in the league. They'd have to wait to take that crown, as the Giants would out-slug the Astros to even the series.

Final Score: Giants 8, Astros 6

Astros' Record: 64-41, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Jay Jackson (2-0)

Losing Pitcher: Blake Taylor (2-3)

Teams trade blows early, Giants chase Greinke out early

The teams traded blows early in this one, with the Giants tagging Zack Greinke with six runs, all on homers. The first was a solo shot in the bottom of the second to start the scoring before hitting one in each inning through the fourth: two-run blasts in the third and fourth, then a go-ahead solo shot in the bottom of the fifth, putting them ahead 6-5 at the time. Greinke would face one more batter, allowing a single to end his lackluster day: 4.0 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 4 HR, 93 P.

Houston's offense kept things close to try and keep Greinke in a position to win, going up 3-1 in the third on a two-run Aledmys Diaz homer and another coming in on an error. After San Francisco scored four unanswered to make it 5-3, Diaz homered again in the top of the fifth to cut the deficit to one run before Yuli Gurriel would tie it with an RBI double.

Astros stay in it, but Giants even the series by winning the slug-fest

With Greinke exiting with no outs in the fifth, Houston handed the ball to Phil Maton, acquired in the recent Myles Straw trade, to make his debut for his new team. He worked himself into a jam, allowing a single and hitting a batter to load the bases with one out, but was able to get back-to-back strikeouts to strike out the side and strand all three runners, keeping it a one-run game.

That proved pivotal in the top of the sixth, as with two outs, Martin Maldonado would launch a game-tying solo homer, making it 6-6. Blake Taylor took over out of the bullpen in the bottom of the inning but would face just three batters, getting two outs while leaving one on as Dusty Baker moved on to Cristian Javier. Javier would watch the Giants retake the lead, getting back-to-back singles to bring in a run and make it 7-6.

Javier stayed in the game in the bottom of the seventh, allowing a leadoff single but erasing it by striking out the next three batters. Still a 7-6 game in the bottom of the eighth, Yimi Garcia made his Astros debut but did not keep the score there, allowing a leadoff solo homer to make it a two-run game. The 8-6 score would go final as Houston's offense came up empty again in the top of the ninth, setting up a rubber game in the finale.

Up Next: The series finale will get underway at 3:05 PM Central on Sunday in San Francisco. Luis Garcia (7-5, 3.19 ERA) will take the mound for Houston, going opposite Logan Webb (4-3, 3.36 ERA) for the Giants.

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