March 18, 2018

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Arizona Edition

The Texans fell to 2-7 on Sunday, losing 27-24 to the Arizona Cardinals. This is the Texans’ 7th consecutive loss and they are now only one game ahead of the teams with the worst record in the league. This is another game the Texans should have won, but they lost due to turnovers and special teams mistakes.

The Good:

Case Keenum continued to show his confidence in Andre Johnson. They connected for two more touchdowns, each from inside the red zone. D.J. Swearinger also played his best game of his NFL career. He had his first career interception on great coverage downfield and has cemented his spot in the starting lineup. J.J. Watt forced two turnovers on his own, forcing and recovering two fumbles. The Texans forced three turnovers overall so that is a positive sign.

The Bad:

The Texans struggled yet again offensively in the second half, only scoring 7 points after the half. This has become a theme in the Case Keenum era. They come out firing and start strong offensively, and then the opposing defense figures out how to stop them. The running game struggled, averaging only 3.6 yards per carry. This forced Keenum to have to throw 43 passes. The offense has yet to play a complete game all season. The opposing coaches have been making better adjustments at halftime than the Texans’ coaches have.

The Ugly:

The game started as badly as it possibly could have for the Texans. Case Keenum was strip-sacked on the Texans’ first play of the game and it was returned for a touchdown. Derek Newton was in chase mode as usual and allowed John Abraham to beat him for the sack. Randy Bullock also had a 40-yard field goal blocked. Both of these big plays for the Cardinals propelled them to the win. These two plays cost the Texans ten points combined.

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

    I agree play calling has more to do with Keenum’s second half performance along with opponent’s adjustments, but to characterize poor second half playing as a Keenum era rather than a Kubiak era phenomenon is inaccurate.

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