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

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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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If a person isn't a real Houstonian until they have favorite places for staple foods like burgers and Tex-Mex, then Astros pitcher Justin Verlander has officially embraced his new home.

In an interview that occurred during the Thursday, August 11 broadcast of the Astros game against the Texas Rangers, YouTube announcer Scott Braun asked Verlander if he found any food in Houston that he couldn't get in Detroit.

"I like Nancy's Hustle's burger," the pitching ace replied.

Indeed, what's not to like? The Nancy's burger — a double patty cheeseburger with chopped onions, pickles, and aioli on a housemade brioche English muffin — has been a staple since the restaurant opened in late 2017. Here it is, as captured by Houston food influencer Abbas Dhanani.

Beyond its deliciousness, Verlander's affection for the burger makes a certain amount of logistical sense. The EaDo restaurant is only about a mile from Minute Maid Park, and it stays open until 11 pm, making it a perfect post-game treat.

Nancy's co-owner Sean Jensen tells CultureMap that he and chef-owner Jason Vaughan consider Verlander and his wife, supermodel Kate Upton, to be regulars. "They have always been supporters and super nice when they visit," he writes in an email.

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