See where Sunday's Texans loss ranks among the 5 most embarrassing of the Bill O'Brien era

Sunday's Jaguars game made the lost of most embarrassing losses. Houstontexans.com

Sunday’s loss against Jacksonville was one of the worst performances by a Texans team under Bill O’Brien. Here are the five most embarrassing losses of the O’Brien era:

No. 5: Sept. 22, 2016 - Patriots 27, Texans 0

The Patriots were down to their third-string quarterback, Jacoby Brissett. All he did was baffle the Texans defense, and Houston did absolutely nothing on offense in a brutal loss in New England. Brissett rushed for 48 yards and a touchdown and completed 11 of 19 for 103 yards.

No. 4: Oct. 25, 2015 - Dolphins 44, Texans 26

The Dolphins put up 41 first-half points and coasted in the second half. The Texans were simply not even remotely competitive when the game was on the line. They added some garbage time points, but also gave up three plays over 50 yards and were dominated by Lamar Miller (175 rushing, 61 receiving, two TDs) and Jarvis Landry (5 catches, 83 yards, 2 TDs).

No. 3: Dec. 17, 2017 - Jaguars 45, Texans 7

The season was lost long ago, but the Texans had at least been putting up a fight. They did not in this one. Jacksonville dominated the first half, taking a 31-0 lead, and never looked back. The Texans finally got in the board in the third quarter thanks to DeAndre Hopkins (who else?) but did nothing else. How bad were the Texans? 17 minutes into the game, they had 10 yards of offense. The Jags had the backups in with 10 minutes left in the game -- and still scored. Houston was outgained 465-186.

No. 2: Oct. 4, 2015 - Falcons 48, Texans 21

This is another where the game was out of reach early. The Texans were down 42-0 before putting up 21 meaningless fourth-quarter points. They were simply overwhelmed and never in the contest.

No. 1: Jan. 9, 2016 - Chiefs 30, Texans 0

Who can forget the playoff disaster at NRG? The Chiefs returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown and never looked back. Brian Hoyer turned the ball over five times and deflated an excited crowd. As with most of the games on this list, they were never a factor.

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Kyle Tucker had a big day at the plate on Sunday. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

After splitting the first two games of the series, with one team or the other putting on a solid offensive performance in each, the Astros tried to win their fourth series in their last five by taking the rubber game on Sunday against the Blue Jays. Thanks in part to a big day from Kyle Tucker, who played a significant role in the early offense they used to power to the win, they would accomplish their mission.

Final Score: Astros 7, Blue Jays 4

Astros' Record: 18-16, second in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Bryan Abreu (2-1)

Losing Pitcher: Nate Pearson (0-1)

Kyle Tucker helps lead the offense to seven unanswered runs

Houston did not go easy on Nate Pearson in his 2021 debut. After a scoreless first, the Astros loaded the bases on two walks and a single, then brought the first run of the day home on an RBI walk by Michael Brantley. Another walk opened the door in the bottom of the third, and Kyle Tucker capitalized with an RBI triple to make it 2-0, followed by an RBI single by Robel Garcia to make it a three-run lead, ending Pearson's day one out into the bottom of the third.

Things didn't get easier for Toronto's pitching in the next inning, as Jose Altuve would lead off the bottom of the fourth with a solo homer. A single and a walk then set up another big hit for Kyle Tucker, a three-run dinger to make it seven unanswered runs and giving Tucker four RBI on the day.

Blue Jays pound Greinke in the fifth

After four shutout innings to start his day on the mound, working around a few hits along the way, Zack Greinke tried to cash in on his team's offense to get another win on his record. He wouldn't be able to get it done, though, as Toronto would get after him in the top of the fifth. They would score four times amongst five batters that came to the plate, with a solo homer by Rowdy Tellez, a two-RBI double by Bo Bichette, and an RBI single by Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

That made it a 7-4 game, and with Greinke still not having recorded an out in the frame, Dusty Baker would lift him at 88 pitches in favor of Bryan Abreu, who would get a pop out and a double play to end the inning and keep the lead at three runs. Greinke's final line: 4.0 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 88 P.

Houston takes the series

No more runs would come on either side the rest of the way, with Kent Emanuel working around a single for a scoreless sixth, Ryne Stanek getting a 1-2-3 seventh, and Andre Scrubb doing the same in the eighth to set up Ryan Pressly for the save. Pressly would get the job done, sending the Blue Jays down in order, including two strikeouts to wrap up the win and giving Houston the series victory.

Up Next: The Astros will stay at home to continue this homestand, welcoming in the Angels for three games starting Monday at 7:10 PM Central. The opener will feature a pitching matchup of Alex Cobb (1-2, 5.48 ERA) for Los Angeles and Luis Garcia (0-3, 3.28 ERA) for Houston.

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