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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Number one seed University of Houston is favored by 7.5 points over No. 5 Miami, and No. 2 University of Texas is favored by 4 over No. 3 Xavier Friday night in the Midwest Regional semifinals in Kansas City.

Talk about opening acts. If both UH and UT win, they’ll meet Sunday in a good ol’ WWE-style Texas death match for a berth in the Final Four at NRG Stadium in Houston. Thank you, Mr. Schedule Maker.

How much do you think Cougar fans would love for UH to get their hands on the Longhorns with so much at stake?

For one example, let’s go back to the future, Oct. 21, 2023, when Big 12 rivals UH and UT meet in football at TDECU Stadium on the Houston campus. The game already is a lock sellout with tickets in the upper deck commanding $141 per ticket on the secondary market. It will be UH’s first year in the big boy Big 12 and UT’s last go-around before heading to the SEC.

One last opportunity for lasting bragging rights.

That’s for a UH football game. At home. Where the Cougars typically have trouble packing half the house. For example, the Cougars will be hosting the Sam Houston Bearkats at TDECU Stadium a month earlier. Tickets for that game, the same exact seat going for $141 against UT, can be had right now … $17.

Yeah, there’s something special about UH getting the opportunity to face UT. In anything. Anywhere. And it’s been a long time since the two teams, once co-members of the Southwest Conference together, have met on the basketball court. A full decade, in fact. The last time they played was March 20, 2013 with the Cougars prevailing 73-72 in something called the College Basketball Invitational. The UH coach was James Dickey. UT was coached by Rick Barnes. Joe Young led the Cougars with 18 points. The Horns’ leading scorer was Julien Lewis with 28. UH finished that season with a 20-13 record. UT limped home at 16-18.

That was then, this is now. The UH-Miami game will air at 6:10 p.m. Friday on CBS with UH grad Jim Nantz calling the play-by-play. The game will alsO stream on Hulu +++. ESPN’s BPI (basketball power index) gives the Cougars a 90 percent chance of winning. We’ll take it.

The UT-Xavier game will follow at 8:45 p.m. on CBS. The Horns have a 70 percent chance of beating the Musketeers. If both chalks come through, they’ll meet Sunday afternoon with the game on CBS.

The Cougars have made six Final Four appearances: 1967, 1968, 1982, 1983, 1984, 2021. The Horns have made three Final Fours, the last time two decades ago.

Here’s the only sure bet if UH and UT meet Sunday - get to your sports bar early if you want a seat. This could be memorable.

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