March 24, 2018

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Indianapolis Edition

The Texans suffered another heartbreaking loss this Sunday night, falling to the Indianapolis Colts 27-24 on national TV. They had a 24-12 lead going into the fourth quarter but were outscored 15-0 in the fourth to blow the lead. This game was probably the final shot to the Texans’ playoff chances this year, but some positives did come from the game.


The Good:

The Texans started fast, jumping out to a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. Their strategy of taking the ball to start the game finally paid off with Case Keenum hitting Andre Johnson for a 62-yard touchdown on the Texans’ third play of the game. Keenum and Johnson both put up impressive numbers, with Johnson scoring his first three touchdowns of the season. The Texans also blocked a kick for the first time this season. The defense played very well through the first three quarters. They held the Colts to only three points in the first half.


The Bad:

Keshawn Martin was terrible returning kicks on Sunday. It is time for an upgrade at that position. He fumbled near the end of the first half, but it was luckily overturned on replay. He also displayed poor judgment on when to bring the ball out of the end zone. Ed Reed and Daryl Sharpton also both committed crucial penalties that extended drives for the Colts. Finally, the defense fell apart in the fourth quarter, allowing the Colts to win the game. The offense didn’t do them any favors by scoring zero fourth quarter points.


The Ugly:

The Texans’ field goal kicking situation is ugly. Randy Bullock went 1 for 4 on field goals, missing a 49-yarder and a 43-yarder in addition to the 55-yarder at the end of the game. Making the two kicks that were less than 50 yards would have won the game for the Texans. If the Texans were still in contention or hadn’t drafted Bullock in the fifth round, he would be replaced by now. The kicking situation was not even the worst part of the game. Gary Kubiak went down at halftime and had to be taken to the hospital. Thoughts and prayers go to Coach Kubiak to make a speedy and full recovery.

One Response to “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Indianapolis Edition”
  1. cartooner says:

    For all the criticism of Kubiak’s “conservative” play calling, did anyone notice how he opened up the playbook for Keenum in the first half and conservative play-calling returned with Rick Dennison in the second? Dennison was a Denver team mate of Kubiak’s as well as a fellow assistant coach there. They are old buddies, just like Frank Bush was. Kubiak’s fatal flaw is having a blind spot for the abilities of close friends, and to some degree, some players, too. Nevertheless, best wishes for a speedy and permanent recovery for Coach Kubiak.

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