Reaction: Texans got pantsed by the Bears

It was a long day for the Texans. Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

The Texans vs the Bears matchup was supposed to be one in which Deshaun Watson showed the Bears why they should've taken him number two overall instead of Mitch Trubisky in the 2017 draft. This was supposed to be a step in the right direction, a get right game after suffering that crushing defeat to the Colts. Instead, the Texans got pantsed by the Bears in an embarrassing 36-7 loss. There was little to nothing that worked in their favor.

The offense looked disjointed. Typically, the four and five wide look with hurry-up tempo works. As of late, the Bears defense has been pretty bad. Neither of these things held true as the Bears forced two fumbles, got seven sacks, and held Watson to just 219 yards passing. If it weren't for several Watson scrambles and extending plays, this offense would've looked even worse. Tim Kelly has done a masterful job at times calling plays. For whatever reason, he was off his game against the Bears. Combine that with Watson not having weapons around him, a porous offensive line, and a Bears defense that came to play, it was bound to end in a flaming disaster.

The Texans defense was as putrid as it has ever been. The tackling was just awful and that was apparent on the Bears' first play from scrimmage as David Montgomery took it 80 yards for a touchdown. Justin Reid is not playing to the level that made him a steal in the third round of the 2018 draft. When two of your defensive backs lead the team in tackling, that's usually a sign that the front seven wasn't playing well. The defense did manage to get three sacks, but they also made Trubisky's nickname "Maserati Mitch" hold true for this game. He went 24/33 for 267 yards and three touchdowns. He started by completing his first nine pass attempts and never looked back. I get that there is a talent deficiency, but you'd think Anthony Weaver and Romeo Crennel could come up with a better gameplan against a team whose offense has been so bad this season.

One of the bright spots was running back Buddy Howell. He looked decisive and hit holes aggressively. If Duke Johnson is banged up, Howell should get the bulk of the carries moving forward. Chad Hansen had a decent game. He caught all seven targets thrown his way for 56 yards. Watson seems to have taken a liking to him.

The failure to make any meaningful adjustments shows how inept this staff is. Anyone who thinks any of these guys should be back in any form or fashion is delusional and should be placed under a mental health warrant. The only coach on this staff that may get any remote consideration on sticking around is Kelly. His chemistry with Watson after Bill O'Brien was fired has been impressive. Weaver should be fired immediately. The lack of care and negative body language of the defensive unit was very evident. If your players won't play hard for you, what good are you as a coach? That said, I still think the next head coach should be an offensive-minded guy who can get the most out of Watson. The offseason can't get here quick enough.

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The losing streak continues

Mariners get walk-off win over short-staffed Astros

Alex De Goti had an impressive debut. Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images

After a brutal homestand capped off by losing five players to the IL for health and safety protocols, the once 5-1 Astros brought their now 6-6 record to T-Mobile park in Seattle to try and right the ship. They'd have to do it with new and young players in the lineup using the "next man up" mentality to get some wins against the first-place Mariners.

Though the young bats would work themselves into a lead most of the night, Houston's bullpen wouldn't be able to hold the Mariners down, with Seattle ultimately walking things off in the ninth.

Final Score: Mariners 6, Astros 5

Astros' Record: 6-7, fourth in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Anthony Misiewicz (2-0)

Losing Pitcher: Ryne Stanek (0-1)

After a quiet start, Houston gets three in the fifth

After cruising through the Astros through the first four innings, allowing only a walk over that span, Houston was able to put up a big inning against Yusei Kikuchi in the top of the fifth. Carlos Correa notched the first hit of the night, followed by a walk by Taylor Jones to put two on base.

That brought Alex De Goti, making his major-league debut, to the plate and, in his second career at-bat, would get his first hit and RBI, bringing in Correa from second on a single. A second run would come on the same play on a throwing error, then Chaz McCormick made it a three-run inning with an RBI-double, putting Houston out front 3-0.

Urquidy comes an out shy of a quality start

Meanwhile, Jose Urquidy was doing well through five innings. On track for a much-needed quality start, the Mariners would tag him in the bottom of the sixth, getting three-straight hits to bring in two runs to lead off the frame and leaving a runner on second base with no outs.

Urquidy would rebound to get the next two batters on strikeouts, but at 90 pitches and with a left-handed hitter up next, Dusty Baker would bring in lefty Brooks Raley to try and get out of the inning with the one-run lead intact. Raley would do his job, putting Uruidy's line final: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 90 P.

Teams trade two-run seventh innings

The young bats for Houston struck again in the top of the seventh, with Jones and De Goti leading it off with back-to-back singles before Jason Castro would load the bases with a walk. With two outs, Aledmys Diaz would push the lead back to three with a two-RBI single, making it 5-2.

With Raley out after facing his one batter, next out of Houston's bullpen was Bryan Abreu to help maintain Houston's lead. Instead, he would give up two runs on two hits and a walk while getting just two outs before Baker moved on to Blake Taylor, who would get the last out of the seventh with Houston hanging on to a one-run lead at 5-4.

Mariners get the walk-off win

Taylor remained in the game in the bottom of the eighth, and after getting an out, would allow a game-tying solo home run to Evan White before injuring himself trying to field an infield single. Ryne Stanek entered and finished off the eighth, sending the tie game to the ninth.

After Houston came up empty in the top half, Stanek remained in the game in the bottom of the ninth, attempting to force extras. Back-to-back walks ended Stanek's night, with the Astros hoping Ryan Pressly could bail them out. He couldn't, though, giving up the walk-off hit as the Mariners would take the opener, 6-5.

Up Next: Game two of this three-game set will start an hour earlier on Saturday, with first pitch at 8:10 PM Central. Zack Greinke (1-1, 4.08 ERA) will try to rebound from a poor start his last time out for the Astros, while the Mariners will hand the ball to Chris Flexen (1-0, 4.50 ERA).

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