COLTS BLANK TEXANS

11 observations from the Texans' 31-0 loss to the Colts

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The Houston Texans made a switch at quarterback during the game but nothing mattered as the offense sputtered in the team’s tenth loss. The Colts completed the season sweep with a 31-0 victory over the Texans. Here are 11 observations from the game.

1. Zach Cunningham was benched for the game due to disciplinary reasons according to various reports. David Culley declined to discuss the benching. It was the second time this season for Cunningham to be benched, having previously missed a quarter as a punishment. This comes one week after Justin Reid was benched for disciplinary reasons.

2. Tyrod Taylor threw an interception on the first play of the game. The Colts had to challenge, but it was reversed and ruled an interception. Taylor has been bad since he returned from injury.

3. Tyrod Taylor completed zero passes to wide receivers and failed to move the offense into Colts territory. Taylor was shaken up but cleared to return.

4. Davis Mills replaced Taylor at quarterback. He was marginally better. Mills clearly has some rust to knock off. He was able to complete a pass to a wideout as well as get the Texans past midfield.

5. Davis Mills has a little more ability to escape pressure than Tyrod Taylor it seems. He had a few defenders slip off him and he ran away from pressure well. Taylor today ran the Texans into some big sacks.

6. The offensive line is still average on a good snap and well below average on a regular basis.

7. It was the first time in franchise history the Texans were shut out at home. The team really didn’t come close to scoring.

8. The Texans have now scored less than 10 points in six games. Houston has scored less than six on four occasions this season. Head Coach David Culley said they would evaluate the entire team going forward when it came to trying to improve their performances.

9. Kamu Grugier-Hill set the team’s single-game record for tackles finishing with 19. He set the record on an 11-yard gain by the Colts.

10. Lovie Smith’s defense bent a little early but didn’t totally break. The offense helped them none, and they’re a lightly talented group. Yet another week when I come away impressed with a portion of Lovie Smith’s defense’s day.

11. A bright spot for the Texans today as the Lions won in Detroit. Houston still remains in the second spot in the draft order for now but is likely to “win” the tiebreaker if the two teams finish with the same amount of wins.

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The Houston Texans have just a couple of practices before their preseason debut. Here are 11 observations from Tuesday’s workout.

1.The offense stunk on Tuesday. It was inconsistent and resembled more of last year’s disappointing performances than any other practices in this training camp.

2. Davis Mills and his receivers had a few miscommunications on Tuesday. Mills sailed a pass to nobody when he and Brandin Cooks weren’t on the same page. There were some other throws to nowhere in the day. It was something that hadn’t been present at all in training camp to this point.

3. There were a few “good coverage” notes on Tuesday. Not to say there was one specific player, but a handful of team-level efforts that led to the note.

4. It wasn’t all wrong from the offense. After a pass to nowhere Davis Mills and the offense bounced back. It was a second down during a team drill and Mills fired a pass to Chris Moore for six yards. Rex Burkhead would pick up a first down on a rush a play later. A non-positive play last year on first down doomed this team. That hopefully won’t be the case for this year’s team.

5. Chad Beebe is going into his fifth season in the NFL, his first with the Texans. The former Vikings pass catcher has flashed a few times in training camp. He has an uphill battle being new to the team but is trying to make himself a factor.

6. Phillip Dorsett had a big catch over the middle. Davis Mills stood back and delivered as the offensive line held up and Dorsett reeled it in for a huge gain. No defenders were around him. It is between Dorsett and Chris Moore for the chance to be the slot wideout opening day. With Dorsett’s return to practice, it is becoming a fun camp battle.

7.Speaking of returns to practice, Tytus Howard was back. Howard has his reps managed and after practice, offensive line coach George Warhop Howard was “getting his wind” back. When Howard was having his reps managed rookie tackle Austin Deculus played at right tackle. Deculus looks much more consistent than minicamp and OTAs.

8. Kenyon Green is still out with an injury. It is getting to a critical time where the time missed might prevent the first-rounder from starting week one. Max Scharping hasn’t looked bad in his chances with the first team. Offensive line coach George Warhop said they believe in Green and his ability and he has been in meetings to stay up to date.

9. Ka’imi Fairbairn was perfect in one of the special team periods. He drilled all five kicks, each further than the last, and was crushing the football.

10. Derek Stingley was very sticky in some early reps on Nico Collins. The third overall pick is so smooth when he is working. Later his coverage forced a throw from the offense that had no chance of being completed.

11. The play of the day was made by Derek Stingley. The offense was about five or six yards out of the end zone needing a touchdown to win. With six seconds left on the clock, any completed pass that wasn’t a touchdown was game over. Davis Mills dropped back a step and fired to Nico Collins who Stingley covered. The rookie kept the second-year player out of the end zone to earn the defense a win. This was one of the better Stingley days and he did a lot of work. At one point, it looked as though he and Rex Burkhead had some words and almost led to an offense and defense scuffle, but it stayed to just some shouting. The rookie shined today.

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