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Now my job: Texans loss rests squarely on this decision

Another tough loss for the Texans. Photo by Getty Images.

There are times in which you gamble and it pays off. Then there are times in which you gamble and lose badly. Today was definitely the latter. The Texans fell to the Titans 42-36 in an overtime thriller. The loss rests squarely on the head of interim head coach Romeo Crennel and his ill-timed gambling at the end of the game.

It started with the gamble to go for it on 4th&1 on the Titans' 35-yard line with 4:37 left in the game. That move said two things: A) we're on the road at 1-4 against the 4-0 division leader up by one point so let's try to end this, or B) I don't trust our kicker to make a 53-yard field goal. They converted because David Johnson is good for slamming into the backs of the offensive line for at least a yard or three. The next gamble came eight plays later. It was 4th & Goal from the 1-yard line. The play call was a pass. Deshaun Watson found Randall Cobb after scrambling to extend the play and putting the ball in a tight window on the sideline where only Cobb could catch it. Here's where I started to have a problem with the gambling.

That touchdown made it 36-29 in favor of the Texans. Up by seven with less than two minutes left in the game, the "right" call would be to kick the extra point to potentially go up by eight. That forces the opposition to have to score a touchdown and convert a two point conversion in order to tie the game. Alas...Crennel gambled by trying to force things, went for two, and came up short. Kenny Rogers once said: You've got to know when to hold 'em. Know when to fold 'em. Know when to walk away. Know when to run.

The porous defense, however, gave up the game tying touchdown and extra point with four seconds left to send the game into overtime. From there, the Titans got the ball in overtime and drove down the field for the game winning score. A team that played a game on Tuesday evening bullied a team on Sunday at noon. Let that sink in. Sure, Derrick Henry is a linebacker playing running back, but the amount of yards you gave up to him was unacceptable.

Not kicking that extra point to go up by eight with less than two minutes left (1:50 to be exact) was the key coaching move that I feel cost them the game. There's no coming back from blunders like that when you're now 1-5 and would need to go at least 8-2 with tons of help down the stretch to have an outside shot at the newly created seventh spot in the playoffs. You had the division leader down and were in position to get a division win to go to 2-4. Instead, you're now in position to help the Dolphins continue to improve their franchise from the boneheaded decisions Bill O'Brien made before his exit. Crennel and staff coached a good game, until the end when it mattered most. With an extra playoff spot available, they still have an outside shot to make it, but it'll be difficult.

This city and fanbase deserve better. One day, they'll get it and get a winner. Until then unfortunately, they'll have to settle for purgatory, disappointment, and mediocrity. Hold tight. I see good things coming one day Houston football fans.

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Now's the time to be cautious with the Astros slugger. Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images.

The Houston Astros received another scare from Yordan Alvarez on Tuesday night when he had to eventually leave the game with left ankle discomfort after rolling his ankle in the first inning.



Fortunately for Houston, the X-Rays came back negative and Yordan should be okay. But this is just the latest scare with Alvarez. Let's put this in perspective, he seems to deal with a lot of injuries. He's already had surgery on both knees, he's dealt with hand discomfort in both hands, depending on who you talk to, which could require surgery in the offseason if he is in fact dealing with a Hamate bone injury. And let's not forget the concussion symptoms earlier in the season he suffered after crashing into Jeremy Pena.

Yordan also abruptly had to leave a game against the Braves on Aug. 19 that required him being hospitalized with shortness of breath. Now, with the playoffs right around the corner, Yordan is dealing with an ankle injury. The magic number for the Astros is at 1 now, meaning they lock up the top seed in the AL with one more win and seven games to play.

With that being the case, Yordan doesn't need to play anymore in the regular season. Yordan proved against the Yankees this summer that he could come back from extended time off (hand discomfort) and not miss a beat. (He went 2-4 with a double, home run, and 3 RBI)

It's all about the postseason for this Astros team, so let's not take any chances with Yordan Alvarez. Rest him until the postseason and give the team their best possible chance to bring home another World Series.

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