11 observations from the Texans' 38-22 loss to the Rams

Texans lose, 38-22. Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images.

The Houston Texans haven't won since week one, but the team ended a nearly month-long touchdown drought. The Rams crushed the Texans 38-22, handing Houston their seventh straight loss.

1. The Texans defense played their worst game at home of the season. The fundamentals were somewhere between missing and sloppy. There is a severe lack of talent, which is frequently exposed with an often-archaic defense.

2. This was the first game where it felt like there was some quit on the defensive side of the ball. It crept into the performance at one time or another.

3. Vernon Hargreaves continues to play poorly. He was forced into action with Desmond King a healthy scratch for the team. Hargreaves seemed to have forced a turnover on downs but a penalty was assessed to him. The Rams would end up scoring.

4. The defense seems to be outmatched earlier and earlier in games. Sometimes the leaks spring in the second half but this week it was apparent very early on the Rams would not have a difficult day on offense.

5. Cooper Kupp increased his touchdown lead over the Texans as he added his tenth receiving touchdown of the year. The Texans answered late in the game as Brandin Cooks hauled in a Davis Mills pass for a score. Cooks is the lone pass catcher with multiple receiving scores for the Texans. The Texans would catch Kupp late in the fourth quarter as Brevin Jordan caught a pass for a touchdown.

6. Lonnie Johnson had another bad performance at safety. The former second-round pick has a handful of interceptions but on a play-to-play basis, he is very poor in coverage and run support.

7. The offensive line was manhandled by the Rams. One stretch saw the Rams sack Davis Mills four times in five offensive plays. This unit is down multiple starters, but the holdovers at guard in Tytus Howard and Max Scharping have been poor this season.

8. The rushing game was bad with Mark Ingram on the team. It got worse after his departure. David Johnson got the start and had little success. Scottie Phillips was active for the game but also had little success. Rex Burkhead had one solid series late when the Rams had backups in the game.

9. Davis Mills has little chance to succeed with the poor offensive line play. Mills did throw one of his worst interceptions yet though, as he didn't come close to passing the ball over a linebacker, instead allowing the defender to simply reach up and snag the ball out of the air. Mills showed some late life against the Rams when Los Angeles was playing prevent defense. He led three touchdown drives in the fourth quarter.

10. The Texans scored their first touchdown since the third quarter of the loss to the Patriots. Mills moved the ball against a Rams defense playing backups in prevent defense to help set up a Rex Burkhead rushing score. Houston would add two more passing touchdowns and a two-point conversion to stay within the Vegas number.

11. Houston somehow nearly surpassed their ineffective performance against the Bills from earlier in the season, but since the team scored multiple touchdowns, it finishes slightly above the Buffalo beatdown. It was an embarrassing performance for three quarters though, and the team doesn't have much hope against the better parts of their schedule. The Dolphins, one of the potentially winnable games left in 2021, are next.

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