11 observations from the Texans' 33-13 loss to the Seahawks

Seahawks beat Texans. Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images.

The Houston Texans made a change at quarterback for this game but the end result was the same. Seattle, in front of a lot of their own fans, pounded the Texans 33-13.

Here are 11 observations from the game.

1. The roof was open and there were a lot of Seahawks fans in attendance. During the moments after a Seattle touchdown, the Seahawks fans were quite loud to the point where they were cheering their team’s name and it was clearly heard throughout the stadium. It is one of the larger opposing fanbase turnouts in recent memory.

2. Davis Mills was fine early but slowly saw the Seahawks defense adjust to him. The Texans again fizzled after early success. Mills did look more comfortable than he previously did as a starter, but again the game did not look as easy after the first few drives.

3. The often-inept decision-making of the Texans was on full display on a drive that should have been a touchdown but turned into a field goal. Brandin Cooks looked to have scored the touchdown of the day for Houston but was ruled short on review. The Texans had a penalty, an incomplete pass, a rushing play, and an incomplete pass on the next four snaps. Then the team left the offense out to go for it on fourth and short, only to call a timeout and opt to kick the football.

4. The running back situation ended up being dire during the game. David Johnson was placed on the COVID list right before the game joining Jaylen Samuels. Rex Burkhead injured his hamstring during the game. Only Royce Freeman was available at running back for stretches of this game.

5. Pharaoh Brown had another lackluster day. He whiffed on a block and had a personal foul penalty (that was declined) coming one week after he fumbled on the team’s second drive. Brevin Jordan is the best tight end on the team right now, and he makes fewer mistakes than Brown.

6. Kamu Grugier-Hill was carted off with what looked to be a right knee injury. He has been a standout linebacker for the Texans and a prolonged absence, days after the team waived Zach Cunningham, could put some strain on Lovie Smith’s linebacking corps.

7. The defense was beaten badly by a deep pass. This was an issue earlier in the season for the Texans but popped up against the Seahawks on Sunday. Tyler Lockett burned past the defense for a 55-yard touchdown pass from Russell Wilson.

8. Speaking of Lockett, he found the zone openings more than a few times in this game. He got going early in the game, later D.K. Metcalf drew a pass interference penalty as Lonnie Johnson couldn’t defend the physical pass catcher.

9. The defense was gashed late as injuries and the lack of depth caught up with them. Rashad Penny had a huge day for the forlorn Seahawks rushing attack.

10. Kicker Kaʻimi Fairbairn set a career, team, and stadium record with a 61-yard field goal at the end of the first half. It was a high point in a season that has been forgettable for Fairbairn.

11. The game next week with the struggling Jaguars will determine a lot for the Texans. A win by Houston essentially will eliminate them for top pick contention. A loss keeps them in the conversation for the top overall pick as the team races Detroit to the bottom of the standings.

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Critical takeaways from Rockets' 105-103 loss to Warriors

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This wasn't the typical Houston Rockets-Golden St. Warriors game when Mike D' Antoni and Steve Kerr were having an offensive battle of wits. James Harden, who plays for the Brooklyn Nets, was nowhere in sight for the Rockets Friday night. Although the Rockets are in rebuild mode, it was still an interesting game. The intensity was high throughout the entire game. Emotions between Stephen Silas and Kerr were heavy, as they were yelling and jumping up-and-down along the sidelines.

A series of runs and back-and-forth scoring gave a slight reminder of the old rivalry between the Warriors and Rockets. Steph Curry was having a tough game, but with 5.1 seconds left, he was able to create great separation from a step back and drained an incredible midrange shot over Kevin Porter Jr. It was heartbreaking because Porter played great defense on Curry throughout the entire game, with Curry only making 6 out of 22 shots. Porter had a tremendous first-half defensively on Curry and recorded an 88.9 defensive rating. Porter had a good feel for guarding Curry, he didn't allow himself to switch away from him. He anticipated passing lanes and ripped Curry a couple of times.

Besides Porter playing great defense, the Rockets played good as a whole. They finished with 10 steals. Their main technique was to switch everything on defense, and Kenyon Martin Jr. and Christian Wood did a good job. It's never easy staying in front of Curry and Jordan Poole, but if they could hold their ground for five seconds, it became possible. Porter did a great job at times by communicating on defense, so he could tell Jalen Green and Eric Gordon when to switch.

And speaking of Green--- he had a strange night offensively. He went 0-11 from the field but made two great plays in the fourth quarter. Instead of Silas keeping Green on the bench because of his cold hand, he kept him in the game for learning purposes. Green made an outstanding play on Curry at the 2:52 mark in the 4th quarter. Before that, he missed a shot from three but fought hard for the rebound, then found a cutting Wood towards the rim. Green might of struggled, but the effort was there.

This was a tough loss for the Rockets, but they are steadily improving. The Rockets are 3-5 in their last five games.

Up next: The Rockets face the Spurs on Tuesday night.

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