RECAPPING THE TEXANS

The good, bad and ugly from the Texans 20-14 loss to the Colts on Sunday

DeAndre Hopkins and the Texans came oh so close Sunday, but fell short. Tim Warner/Getty Images

Game One of the Deshaun Watson-less Texans went as expected. Not much offense. Defense had to hold the fort down. 30-plus points scored streak is over. Here’s where I would insert the Elmo shoulder shrug GIF in a text to my friends.

The Good

-Tom Savage completed his first career touchdown pass! It was a 34 yarder to DeAndre Hopkins on a double move where he stepped up in pocket and dropped a dime. Here’s to hoping he likes the taste and longs to replicate that feeling.

-The defense has stepped up. Granted, it’s the Colts. But they performed well. 3 sacks and a fumble recovery for a touchdown is still something to be proud of.

The Bad

-They wasted two timeouts in the third quarter because of miscommunication. This team has trouble getting plays called and has had that problem in the Bill O’Brien era. Those timeouts came up again…

-…at the end of the game when they wasted over 20 seconds after the third down conversion . Indecision has plagued this team in crucial moments. Plays must be ready to be called and the team must be ready to go. Those two timeouts, or at least one of them, could have helped change play calling and saved time.

-Ka’imi Fairbairn missed his first field goal of the year early in 2nd quarter. I made a note at that point because I felt it would be a game changer. It came back to bite at the end of the game when they needed a touchdown to win instead of a field goal to tie.

The Ugly

-Savage is as inaccurate as a Revolutionary War musket. Going 19/44, averaging 4.2 yards per pass isn’t a recipe for winning games. Sure the offensive line is bad, but that was uglier than a blob fish.

-Ryan Griffin sustained a concussion. Texans are a walking infirmary. Key players are getting hurt at a rapid rate. Seems like every week they lose another key contributor.

-288 yards of offense against the 31st ranked defense? Really?!? Watson or not, that shouldn’t happen. They averaged 4.5 yards a carry rushing, but were behind and never really got anything going until late.

-Savage fumbled to end the game. He never got a chance to make a throw to win it because he was pressured from the left side. A mix of Chris Clark and Julién Davenport played left tackle this game since Duane Brown was traded.

Was this a disheartening loss? I’d lean towards yes. Were there looming signs of impending doom? Again, I’d lean towards yes. However, there are some bright spots. Like the fact that the Cleveland Browns may not suck so bad in the near future because they own the Texans’ 1st and 2nd round picks and Deshaun Watson has previously rehabbed a torn ACL so he should come back strong next year.

SPORTSMAP ROUNDTABLE PRESENTED BY TIGHT ENDS SPORTS BAR & GRILL

Why beating the Ravens means more than you think

Composite photo by Jack Brame

The Texans head to Baltimore with a 6-3 record hoping to win a statement game making Houston a real threat to win the conference.

The Patriots and the Ravens are the Texans' biggest threats in the AFC, so a win against Baltimore would be huge for Houston.

ESPN 97.5's John Granato, A.J. Hoffman, and Raheel Ramzanali discuss if a win at Baltimore would make them believers in the Texans. SportsMap Roundtable presented by Tight Ends Sports Bar & Grill.

SportsMap Emails
Are Awesome