March 24, 2018

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: St. Louis Edition

We thought the Texans hit rock bottom last week, but it turns out that thought was a bit premature. This game was way more embarrassing as the Texans got blown out 38-13 by a very mediocre St. Louis Rams team.

The Good:

Arian Foster looks like he is completely back to being the old Arian. He had 198 combined rushing and receiving yards. The offensive line did a good job of opening holes for him, but the Rams do have the third worst rushing defense in the NFL.

The Bad:

T.J. Yates showed the world why Gary Kubiak continues to stick with Matt Schaub by throwing 2 interceptions, including one that was returned 98 yards for a touchdown. It looks like Yates may get another chance with Matt Schaub going down with an injury. Also, the defense failed to record a sack, get an interception, or force a fumble on Sunday. While they are ranked first in yardage allowed per game, that stat is pretty meaningless considering they are tied for second to last in the NFL in forcing turnovers with only 3 on the season.

The Ugly:

Turnovers and penalties killed the Texans on Sunday. Duane Brown, Kareem Jackson, Brian Cushing, and Derek Newton all contributed big penalties. DeAndre Hopkins fumbled in the red zone, costing the Texans at least 3 points and allowed the Rams to get a field goal on the next drive. Keshawn Martin’s fumble on a kickoff was returned for a touchdown. That was the nail in the coffin for the game. T.J. Yates then threw his two interceptions, one in field goal range that was returned for a touchdown, and one that cost the Texans at least three points. All these turnovers cost the Texans at least 26 points, which was the difference in the game. You aren’t going to beat anybody in the NFL by giving away 26 points.

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