From the Armchair: Houston Texans - Week 4

9/29/13 in NFL   |   HouTxFan   |   5122 respect

Blog Photo - From the Armchair:  Houston Texans - Week 4Deflated.  Devastated.  Folded, spindled and mutilated.  That’s how I feel after the Houston Texans’ implosion that lead to a 23-20 OT loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
 
The Texans opened the game strong, looking like the juggernaut they were in the first part of the 2012 season.  Their defense was stout, and the offense rolled to 324 yards in the first half, compared to Seattle’s 88.  Houston’s 20-3 lead at halftime looked like it would be hard to overcome.
 
After taking an early 3-0 lead in the game, Seattle didn’t score again until less than 4 minutes remained in the 3rd quarter.  The Seahawks capitalized on forcing and recovering a fumble by RB Ben Tate, kicking another field goal to move within 20-6.  But the Texans lost their defensive leader, ILB Brian Cushing, to a concussion during the 3rd quarter, and things really opened up for Russell Wilson and the Seahawks’ offense after his departure. 
 
While DE J.J. Watt has become a superstar for the Texans, Brian Cushing is the force that drives the defensive unit when it operates like a well-oiled machine.  His importance to its effectiveness cannot be overstated.  Once he was lost, DangeRuss Wilson was able to put his feet to use, extending plays and picking up crucial first downs.  He took the Seahawks on a 98-yard scoring drive that cut the Texans’ lead to 20-13.
 
Ahead by 7 with less than 8 minutes remaining in the game, the Texans simply needed one of their patented time-consuming drives to keep the ball out of Wilson’s hands and push their lead back to 2 scores.  Unfortunately, QB Matt Schaub now has a patent on throwing TD passes to the other team, pulling off that not-so-nifty feat for three straight weeks now.  This week’s recipient of Schaub’s largesse was Seahawks’ CB Richard Sherman, who had a 58-yard return of an interception to tie the game.  On Seattle’s second OT possession, and with the help of a bonehead penalty play on Texans’ CB Kareem Jackson, the Seahawks were able to position themselves for a field goal.  Game over.  Seattle 23 – Houston 20.
 
Perhaps as a self-professed diehard Texans’ fan, I shouldn’t admit this for fear of my fan card being revoked, but once the game went into OT, I knew it was all over but my crying.  Something is just not right with the Texans’ offense this year.  Blame it on play calling (Kubiak) or blame it on play execution (Schaub)…heck, blame it on both…but something is just not right.  I’ve always defended Matt Schaub, said he just needed enough weapons, to lead this team to where Houston so badly wants them to go.  I’m starting to have my doubts though.  And if I’m having doubts, I can’t help but wonder how the guys on defense must feel after playing their hearts out, after literally leaving their blood on the field, only to watch the offense giftwrap points to the opposing team.  Something’s gotta give, and it’s gotta give quickly, if the Texans are to turn their season around.

Next week:  Houston Texans at San Francisco 49ers
 

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10/3/13   |   kobe_lova   |   61572 respect

:(. I really believe they need office personnel changes, starting with the coach. It's ridiculous. Sorry for your loss.

10/2/13   |   HouTxFan   |   5122 respect

Beaneaters wrote:
Hi Jan <blinkie eyes go here>

Tough loss, but Texans will turn it around and will OK. Watch and see. Nice article.

      Thanks Beans...if you said it, it must be true!

10/2/13   |   Beaneaters   |   17755 respect

Hi Jan <blinkie eyes go here>

Tough loss, but Texans will turn it around and will OK. Watch and see. Nice article.

9/30/13   |   HouTxFan   |   5122 respect

Sharp Square wrote:

To play such a good half of football and all of a sudden disappear is mind boggling really. Now of course Seattle had something to do with that too but this Houston team is so Jekyll and Hyde that its scary and in a very bad way. I can only imagine the heat Schaub will take from Houston media and fans and really justly so to an extent , that was a really horrible decision and throw at worse possible time.  indecision 

Houston is still 2-2 but it will take some real effort now to get over this one. This team looks to be at a fragile stage as many who didn't before start to question coach Kubiak and Schaub who may not have before in and outside the locker room. 
(Edited by HouTxFan)

Although I'm frustrated as heck with him, I feel so badly for Schaubby. He's never really been a fan-favorite here, and he took the majority of the blame for the Texans' poor play down the stretch and in the playoffs last year. So now, yeah, things are brutal to say the least. A handmade "Cut Schaub" sign was posted over one of the freeways last week, jerseys were burned in the parking lot yesterday, etc. Whether he's the QB to take us to the "promised land" or not, the hate being spewed at him is just so ugly it's ridiculous - he doesn't deserve that. He might not have what it takes to be an elite QB, but he's always given his best effort, represented the team well, and done a lot in the community.  And Kubiak, I don't even know what to think about him. He's a Houston boy who came back and did a good job turning around a totally inept team, but...wha' happened? Why we go no further?! Do something!!!

I think the Texans are causing me to develop a split personality. HouTxFanJan wants to yell and scream at the two of 'em and tell 'em to get their isht together, but Aunt Jan wants to hug 'em and tell 'em it will all get better.

 

9/30/13   |   Sharp Square   |   11941 respect


To play such a good half of football and all of a sudden disappear is mind boggling really. Now of course Seattle had something to do with that too but this Houston team is so Jekyll and Hyde that its scary and in a very bad way. I can only imagine the heat Schaub will take from Houston media and fans and really justly so to an extent , that was a really horrible decision and throw at worse possible time.  indecision 

Houston is still 2-2 but it will take some real effort now to get over this one. This team looks to be at a fragile stage as many who didn't before start to question coach Kubiak and Schaub who may not have before in and outside the locker room. 

9/29/13   |   Jess   |   34634 respect

It's hard to be very excited about a comeback win like that when 1 - your team played like dookie, and 2 - you like the opposing team's fans so much. *lesigh*

9/29/13   |   JenX63   |   32648 respect

I really thought they had this game. Your analysis is spot on, Ms Jan. I hated to see that happen.